Following India’s remarkable series victory against Australia in Gabba, skipper Ajinkya Rahane presented spinner Nathan Lyon opponent on behalf of the Indian team with a signed jersey to congratulate him on his 100th Test appearance. Lyon was named the select few cricketers to complete a century of test matches for his country. While the result didn’t go in the direction of Australia when they suffered their first test loss at the Gabba in 32 years, Lyon certainly cast their hearts out to provide a win for his team.
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Cap @ ajinkyarahane88 shows a wonderful gesture to Nathan Lyon by presenting him with a signed t-shirt on his behalf #TeamIndia for its 100th test.
I’m sure they will remember winning this series as ‘the real one’.#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/1LxIFspExV
– Krittik (@ 5yrsWithBangtan) January 19, 2021
Lyon started his milestone Test at 396 career wickets and needed only four wickets to enter the 400 club, but it turned out he could only pick three wickets in both innings – one in the first innings and two in the second innings – and ended with 399 wickets.
Former Indian hitters VVS Laxman, who has played many special hits against Australia during his illustrious career, was moved by the “excellent gesture” of Rahane and Team India.
“Excellent gesture from @ ajinkyarahane88 and the Indian team to Felicitate Nathan Lyon during his 100th test match. Another example from Sportsman Spirt from Rahane. How worthy is he even after taking such an incredible victory #Leader #AUSvsIND,” Laxman tweeted.
Excellent gesture from @ ajinkyarahane88 and the Indian team to Felicitate Nathan Lyon during his 100th Test Match. Another example of Sportsman Spirt from Rahane. How worthy he is, even after achieving such an incredible victory. #Leader #AUSvsIND
– VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) January 19, 2021
At the post-game conference, Rahane was short of words, saying “doesn’t know how to describe this victory”. Rahane praised his side and gave credit to all players for showing up and performing for the team.
“It really means a lot to us. I don’t know how to describe this win. I’m just proud of all the guys, every individual. We just wanted to try our best, not think about the result,” Rahane said after the game .
“When I went in there was a conversation between me and Pujara Puji to hit normal and I to go for my pictures because we knew Rishabh and Mayank were there. Thanks to Pujara the way he handled the pressure was great, and Rishabh was brilliant in the end, ‘he added.
With several lead players with injuries, Team Indian entered the Brisbane Test with five bowlers, handing the debut to Washington Sundar and T Natarajan. Rahane explained the rationale behind this decision, saying they knew they had to take 20 wickets to win the match.
He praised his inexperienced bowling line-up for standing up for the occasion and performing for the team.
“Taking 20 wickets was key, that’s what we identified, so we chose five bowlers. Washington Sundar had that balance in front of us, the goal was to play five bowlers,” said Rahane.
“Siraj had played two test matches, Saini one, Thakur one, Natarajan also on his debut, all credit,” he added.
“After Adelaide we didn’t talk about what happened, we just wanted to play our game, show good attitude, show good character on the field,” said Rahane, when asked what helped the team come back from the humiliating loss of Adelaide.
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