India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli was all praise for Ajinkya Rahane and his men who came back from the horrors of Adelaide to thrash Australia by 8 wickets in the Boxing Day Test. Rahane led from the front with a match-winning hundred at MCG.
Couldn’t be happier for the boys and Jinks: Virat Kohli relishes India’s MCG triumph (AP Photo)
- Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Team India after the memorable MCG win
- Kohli had headed back to India on paternity leave after the Adelaide Test defeat
- Under Ajinkya Rahane, India comfortably outplayed Australia to level series
Virat Kohli seems to be absolutely chuffed with India’s comeback win in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, saying it was an ‘amazing’ effort from the whole team. India put behind the ghosts of 36-all out in the Adelaide defeat to seal an 8-wicket win in Melbourne and level the 4-match series at 1-1.
India were without Virat Kohli, who had headed home after the Adelaide Test on paternity leave. The visitors missed Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, their lead pacers due to injuries and Rohit Sharma was not available until the 3rd Test.
India were written off by quite a few after the thrashing in Adelaide but the visiting side, under Ajinkya Rahane stormed back in style. India chased only 70 after Australia were bundled out for 195 and 200 in the two innings as India came up with another memorable bowling performance in Austrralia.
Virat Kohli took to social media on Tuesday to laud the side and made a special mention to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, who made a match-winning hundred in the first innings.
“What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here,” Virat Kohli wrote.
What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 29, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane led from the front from Day 1 in Melbourne despite losing the toss. Rahane was tactically brilliant as he rotated his bowlers well and kept some astute fields to trouble the Australian batsmen. His decision to give R Ashwin the ball on Day 1 morning turned the game around for India as the veteran off-spinner removed Steve Smith for 0.
Rahane then led with the bat, hitting 112 as India sealed a 131-run first-innings lead. Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a fifty and Shubman Gill looked classy on debut. Another debutant in Mohammed Siraj picked up 5 wickets as he stepped up in the absence of Umesh Yadav, who left the field after suffering an injury on Monday.
Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin were the leaders of the bowling unit as the two not just gave India crucial breakthroughs but rallied around the other bowlers as India capped off a memorable win.