Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has lauded the Ajinkya Rahane-led Team India’s fighting spirit after it staged a stunning comeback in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground following a soul-crushing defeat in the pink ball Test at the Adelaide Oval.
India was up against it following their shambolic 36 all-out in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. They expected to carry mental scars in the following Tests and with the likes of Virat Kohli and two frontline seamers in Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami missing out from the playing 11, many experts predicted that Australia would hammer the visitors 4-0.
But, instead, Team India-under the inspired leadership of Ajinkya Rahane came out all guns blazing in Melbourne with both youngsters and senior players firing in unison to turn the tables on the Aussies. While the debutants in Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill showed great skills and temperament, the senior players in skipper Rahane. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah brought their experience to the fore to plot the downfall of Australia.
Lauding Team India’s efforts, VVS Laxman fired a warning to teams around the world to not take the Men in Blue likely under any circumstances.
“Well, I think, see a lot can be talked off the field but I think the reply, and a very a fitting reply has been given by the Indian Team. It’s obvious that once you’re bowled out for 36, various Cricket experts will think that Virat Kohli leaving the series and Shami being ruled out, the Indian team could sort off disintegrate and could result in very poor outings in the remainder of the series but credit to the entire team, support staff, the way they bounced back positively. I would say to my viewer friends and experts, never rule out anything, especially not the Indian Cricket Team,” Laxman said.
With the series tantalizingly poised at 1-1, Team India will hope to do an encore of their performance in Melbourne when they lock horns with the beleaguered Aussies in the all-important New Year Test at the SCG.