India has created history in Australia with a win that was not in the offing a day back. India has beaten Australia 2-1 and has retained, rather won consecutively the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Earlier during the day, Cheteshwar Pujara, the new Wall of Cricket sustained multiple challenges with the red ball hitting him all over as the Australian bowling aggression stepped on the gas.
Cheteshwar with his 211 ball 56 and Shubman Gill’s blistering 91 of 146 in a test game, set up India for a possible draw. However, Rishabh Pant had other plans. He turned the key and converted a test match innings into T20 mode to score and unbeaten 89 off 138 balls to lead India home to a famous victory.
Washington Sundar, playing his debut Test for India, scalped Steve Smith as his debut wicket and closed the first innings bowling performance with 3 for 89, bowling 31 overs in all. He followed this up with an amazing batting performance, scoring 62 in a patrnerhip of 123 with Shardul Thakur, who scored 67. Shardul Thakur then followed up in the second innings, scalping 4 Australian wickets, giving away 61 runs in 19 overs that he bowled.
It was the day of the young brigade from India, where no one player can be singled out. Rishabh Pant was however instrumental in shifting the gears and turning the Test match game into a T20, making his partners realize that victory was in sight. Sundar, Shardul, Pant, Pujara – hand it all to them. Ajinkya Rahane’s team creates history.
WHO ARE THE YOUNG BRIGADE and is this the first challenge they have faced?
The lower order of the Indian team created history with an awesome turnaround. A gigantic moment in the history of Indian cricket.
The members of the young brigade have come through tough paths on their way to glory for the Indian team.
Natarajan, who came to Australia as a net bowler, created history by becoming the first Indian player to do a debut in all three formats in the same tour. His father is a loom worker, and Natarajan never had the luxuries of getting himself cricket gear or shoes. Watching him play for the country made his mother weep - a natural emotion. Natarajan has yet to see his baby girl, who was born while he was playing the IPL in the UAE in the last quarter of 2020, as he had to move with teh bio bubble to Australia.
Siraj, who was subject to racial abuse during his stay on the ground in all the games that he played, responded with his performance in the series. Bowling at an economy of 2.75 in the first innings of the final test match he scalped the prized wicker of opener David Warner, for 1 run. He followed this up by taking a mammoth 5 wicket haul at an economy rate of 3.68 in the second innings, downing Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade and cleaning the Australian tail by sending home Starc and Hazlewood. Siraj is the son of a rickshaw driver - his father died while he was playing for India in Australia. What an effort!!
Washington Sundar was named after the rich benefactor of his father Sundar. Sundar was himself a cricketer who was sponsored by his rich neighbor Washington all through his local cricketing journey. Washington passed away just before Sundar's second son was born. He named him Washington Sundar. Sundar played an anchor role on the key second innings, supporting Rishabh Pant's rollicking T20 format innings in a Test. Sundar scalped 3 wickets in the first innings and 1 in the second. His debut wicket was that of the formidable Steve Smith. Scoring 22 in the anchor role in the second innings, his first innings contribution of 62 in the partnership of 123 with Thakur, was probably what began the hammering of the nails in Australia's coffin.
Shardul Thakur, who took 3 wickets in the first innings of the final Test, followed up his performance with a 67. Thakur has battled obesity before he began playing for Mumbai and then went on to play the IPL. Tendulkar had advised him to lose weight before going on to make a great career for himself in cricket. Thakur took 4 Australian wickets in the second innings, making it a tally of 7 wickets in his debut tournament.
Navdeep Saini, who played exhibition matches with tennis ball for rs 300 per match to fund his cricket coaching, is the son of a government driver.
All these debutant along with RIshabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara drove India home on a tough Australian route, paved with sledging, racial abuse and core Australian aggresion. All their failures, struggles and doubts that might have led to insecurities, took this one series to bring them on the golden parchment of Indian cricketing history.