Team India has successfully exorcised the demons of the humiliation that they had suffered after having been knocked over for their record-lowest Test total of 36 during the second innings of the Pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval thanks to a clinical eight-wicket win against Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
And, by doing that, the Ajinkya Rahane-led unit has not only claimed 30 crucial World Test championship points and assumed parity in the four-match series but they have also shut down all the detractors who had predicted their demise after they had suffered a soul-crushing eight-wicket defeat in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval.
One of those detractors was former England captain-turned pundit, Michael Vaughan, who had taken to his Twitter account in the immediate aftermath of the Adelaide Test, where he reminded his earlier prediction of the Men in Blue losing the series 0-4.
And, so in the wake of India’s historic win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer proceeded to take a cheeky dig at Michael Vaughan courtesy a meme from a Bollywood movie, which he captioned it as ‘Pichli baar kya bola tha? Whitewash? [What did you say last time? Whitewash?]
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 29, 2020
This is not the first time that Michael Vaughan has got his prediction wrong with regards to the ongoing India tour of Australia.
Vaughan had taken to Twitter following India’s defeat to Australia in the first One-day International at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he had predicted that the visitors will lose to Australia across all three formats of the game.
That also did not pan out as per Vaughan’s plans as India stormed back after having lost the ODI series [1-2] to clinch the three-match Twenty20 International rubber 2-1.
Coming back to India’s victory, it was a clinical all-round effort, one that was built on another imperious bowling effort, aggressive captaincy by Ajinkya Rahane, and his epic knock of 112 in the first innings that helped India to take a crucial 131-run-lead. Coming into the 4th day, India needed to ensure that they claimed the final four Australian wickets and keep the lead below the 100-run mark The bowlers once again stepped to the occasion as they claimed the remaining four wickets at the cost of 67 runs. India lost two quick wickets during their run-chase of 70 but skipper Rahane and rookie opener Shubman Gill ensured that there were no more jitters as they steered the ship home without breaking a sweat.