Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that he watched Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred at Melbourne in 1999 ten 10 times on the eve of last month’s Boxing Day Test. Even before the start of the match, Rahane had a look at the innings 6-7 times. The Indian captain ended scoring a memorable 112 as India won the MCG Test by eight wickets. The win was highly commendable coming in the wake of the embarrassing 36 all out in the first Test at Adelaide.
Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane, gave a pep talk to the team after the famous three-wicket win at the Gabba, which saw India clinch the Test series 2-1. Addressing the team in the dressing room, Rahane described the victory as a major moment for everyone, and put it down to teamwork.
India’s No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s father Arvind has revealed that early setbacks in life and massive knocks in domestic and junior cricket have shaped the battle-hardened personality of the cricketer. Although Pujara did not score a hundred on the Australia tour, he played a significant role in blunting the opponents’ attack, facing 928 deliveries and scoring 271 runs with three fifties. At the Gabba, he took multiple hits on the body, but did not flinch.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels Australia displayed a negative approach during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which cost them. According to Clarke, the Aussies went down to an injury-ravaged India because they were scared to lose, and did not push hard enough for wins. Despite playing with a relatively inexperienced XI, India managed to defeat Australia by three wickets at the Gabba and clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.