India beat Australia in the second Test match played in Melbourne on the back of the bowlers. The bowlers of the team led by Ajinkya Rahane bowled disciplined and dealt cheaply to the hosts in both innings. Although everyone performed well for Team India, but 34-year-old spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin did once again with his spin. He succeeded the team in times of need and put pressure on the Australian players.
Ashwin took a total of five wickets in both innings of the Boxing Day Test. During this time, he also made a special achievement for himself. Ashwin, who played a key role in the team, broke the record of Sri Lankan great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan by dismissing Australian batsman Josh Hazlewood on the fourth day of the match. He dismissed the left-handed batsman for a record 192nd time in Tests, while Muralitharan dismissed the left-handed batsmen a total of 191 times.
Talk about the matches, Ashwin achieved this feat in the 73rd match while Muralitharan did it in 133 matches. While the Sri Lankan spinner took 800 wickets in his career, Ashwin took his 375th wicket as Hazlewood.
Talking about the other players in this list, the third place is England’s experienced fast bowler James Anderson. Anderson has dismissed left-handed batsmen a total of 186 times. At the same time, former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has done this feat 172 times and is in fourth place.
This series has been a great one for Ashwin, he has taken a total of 10 wickets in four innings of two matches. While he took five wickets in Adelaide, Melbourne also took the same number of wickets in both innings.
Ajinkya Rahane got his captaincy iron in front of the world by winning the Boxing Day Test after a great win against Australia in Melbourne. After taking command of the team in difficult times, with the help of young players, Australia had to beat all four in the second Test. Chasing a target of just 70 runs on the fourth day in Melbourne, the visiting team lost two wickets in the beginning, but once again Rahane and young Shubman Gill managed an innings and shared an unbroken 51-run partnership to take the match to their name. Was successful in doing.
The Indian team was under tremendous pressure after being reduced to 36 in the second innings of the first Test in Adelaide and losing the match by eight wickets. At the same time, after the departure of experienced and star players like Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami, the team’s problems were increased. In such a situation, it was a big challenge for Rahane, with young players to win the match under his captaincy and return to the series, which he faced very well.
Captain Rahane congratulated the entire team after winning the match in Melbourne and was proud of them. He said, ‘I am proud of all the players. I would like to give credit to Siraj and Gill who showed tremendous vitality. It was pleasant to see such a performance after the defeat in Adelaide. ”He said that it was not easy for new players to perform consistently disciplined but Gill and Siraj showed how to do it.
Rahane said, ‘We all know about Shubman’s first-class career and his game. The maturity of the way he played his natural shots at this level is also known. “He also said that Siraj also said that he can bowl with discipline. It is difficult for new players and this is how the experience of first-class cricket comes in handy. ‘
Asked what the team talked about before the match, Rahane said, “We insisted on playing with Josh and passion on the field.” We lost by an hour of bad games in Adelaide. There is still a lot to be learned. ”He also said that his decision to field five bowlers was right. This strategy worked. We wanted to play with an all-rounder and Ravindra Jadeja did that job well. ‘