AUS vs IND: Ajinkya Rahane scored 112 runs in India’s first innings at the MCG.© AFP
The great hitter Sunil Gavaskar feels that Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty hundred will become one of the most important centuries in Indian cricket history in the ongoing Boxing Day Test. Rahane hit his 12th century in the longest form of the match on Sunday. Rahane’s century and Ravindra Jadeja’s well-crafted fifties gave India firm control over the second Test.
India got into the Boxing Day Test after a humiliating loss. The visitors were only able to score 36/9 – their lowest total ever in Test cricket – in the second innings of the Test Pink Ball at Adelaide Oval. Before that, India’s lowest test score was 42 against England in 1974.
Gavaskar said Rahane’s brave knock sent a message to the Australian camp that the visitors will not just lie down and be walked everywhere.
“I believe this hundred will become one of the most important hundreds in the history of Indian cricket,” Gavaskar told Channel 7.
“Important because the character shows and sends a message to the opposition that this Indian team, having been fired for 36 in the previous game, to come back this way, don’t just lie down and get walked everywhere,” he added to it. .
Rahane was sent back to the pavilion on the third morning of the Boxing Day Test after being exhausted trying a risky single. His wicket caused a collapse and the visitors slid from 294/6 to 326/10 in the first session itself.
The Indian bowlers delivered superbly, reducing Australia to 133/6 on stumps on the third day while the visitors tightened their grip on the game.
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