India recording their second consecutive Test series victory in Australia was a spectacle to watch for former England captain Michael Vaughan. A depleted Indian team overcame all the odds to beat Australia down under to register one of the most memorable series wins in history. Michael Vaughan stated it’s hard to imagine the amount of red wine coach Ravi Shastri must have hard following the heist.
India had their backs to the wall after Australia bowled them out for 36 in the second innings of the first Test, slumping to a nine-wicket loss. However, they bounced back to emerge victorious in Melbourne with the same margin. After levelling the series, Ajinkya Rahane’s men drew in Sydney and beat the hosts at the Gabba in Brisbane. The tourists won the series without their several key players in the mix.
Michael Vaughan conceded that it’s a spectacular sight to see a team hang in there as Ravichandran Ashwin took a little bit of banter from behind the stumps. The 46-year old said that with Australia having arrived at the Gabba, they thought they would be unbeatable. Vaughan went on to praise Rishabh Pant, hailing him as a special player and coming to light in the final two Tests. The 2005 Ashes-winning skipper could not have imagined how much alcohol Ravi Shastri might have consumed.
“It’s a great spectacle when a team just trying to hang in there. A little bit of banter – Ashwin taking a little bit of talking from behind the stumps. And then the Aussies arriving at the Gabba thinking that’s all. They just can’t get beaten at the Gabba… they’ll steamroll them. Throughout the whole tour, we knew Rishabh Pant was a player. We all know that he’s got something very special, but I thought particularly those last two Test matches, pant came to light. It was a brilliant series. I can only imagine how much red wine Ravi Shastri must have had,” Vaughan said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
There’s nothing like a last day battling out for a draw: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan also admired Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy as India plotted a bounce back to win the series. Vaughan also felt that there is nothing like a team battling out for a draw on the final day of a Test.
“The way that they bounced back and Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy was spectacular. And then to get to Sydney and the Aussies just pummel them for a few days. There’s nothing like a last day battling out for a draw,” he added.