Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey has heaped praises on the Indian team sparked a remarkable comeback to beat Australia in the second Test in Melbourne. India bounced back to level the four-match Test series by inflicting an eight-wicket defeat on Australia on day four of the second Test. Michael Hussey has not only admired the tourists for their comeback but also tipped Shubman Gill to have a bright future.
India got skittled for 36 in the second innings of the first Test and moving forward; there were massive question marks over their batting. The tourists also lost Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami for the rest of the series; however, the youngsters have stepped up sensationally and made their opportunities count. Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill – both of who made their debuts impressed.
Michael Hussey acknowledged that India earned admiration for their comeback, particularly after the drubbing in Adelaide and the changes expected after that. Hussey further said that only by failing in 90 minutes during the first Test they lost the match. However, they hit the right notes in Melbourne to level the four-match rubber.
“It’s been an excellent response, I must admit. I felt as though coming into this Test, there sure will be changes. That’s a lot to be making after. As Rahane said, India played pretty well in the first Test, they just had one bad 90-minutes and it was all over. But over here, I think they have pulled the right reigns. They really have,” Hussey told ESPN Cricinfo.
He looks classical and maybe he should have played the first Test: Michael Hussey
The 45-year old labelled opener Shubman Gill as a classy player, capable of playing for a decade, and reckons that he should have played in the first Test. Hussey added that Mohammed Siraj, who replaced Mohammed Shami, did not look under pressure and played like he has played Test cricket before.
“Shubman Gill… what a classy player. Here’s a player who can play for the next 10 years for India. He looks classical and maybe he should have played the first Test in the first place. Losing Mohammed Shami, I thought was going to really hurt India big time, but Siraj has come in and he’s done a really good job; stepped in like he’s been playing Test cricket for a number of years,” he added.