The Indian team secured a series-levelling victory at the second Test against Australia in Melbourne on day four of the match. Ravichandran Ashwin, who played a significant role in India’s win in the second Test, has revealed how the team kept his calm following the debacle in Adelaide. Ravichandran Ashwin took five wickets across two innings in Melbourne.
India endured a forgettable outing in the second innings of the first Test as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood shot them for 36 – their lowest score in Test cricket. The visitors’ strong batting line-up was not able to keep up with the nagging line and length of Australia’s bowlers. As a result, the hosts had to chase only 90 in the fourth innings, which they did with eight wickets to spare.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed that they moved on from the game, remembering that it was only one of those rare days for batting unit, who took responsibility for the collapse. The 34-year old highlighted that losing Virat Kohli was not easy; however, the team-building exercises and Ajinkya Rahane’s calmness was crucial that enabled them to express themselves in Melbourne.
“The best thing that we did was just walk away from that game — in Adelaide — and we said that it was just one of those unfortunate days and the batting unit definitely did take responsibility for it. Most importantly, losing Virat was not easy but the discussion we had around it and the team-building exercises that we did through that phase from Adelaide to Melbourne was very crucial and Jinks was very, very calm and balanced which gave many of us the launch-pad to go out there and express ourselves after that defeat,” Ashwin said in a BCCI video.
Many of us have played for a while now and we have had some special wins: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin further said that the victory in Adelaide remains one of the most special ones since it came in the absence of Virat Kohli. Ashwin also commented that the century from Rahane was one of the classiest ones he has ever seen. The fourth Test starts in Adelaide from the 3rd of January.
“Many of us have played for a while now and we have had some special wins but if I had to pick one that would be extremely special is this one for a lot of reasons. This team minus Virat, the batting giant that India had over the last decade or so, is not that easy and Jinks stood up and that is one of the finest cricketing knocks I have seen,” he added.