NEW DELHI, Dec.29 (Reuters) – Regular captain Virat Kohli led the tributes to India on Tuesday after the team recovered from their Adelaide dismemberment to claim an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the second test in Melbourne.
Returning home from the show’s opening to witness the birth of his first child, Kohli left behind a team demoralized by their three-day beating in Adelaide, where they recorded their lowest ever innings total. ‘trial of 36.
The tourists, who were also without a quick injury to Mohammed Shami in Melbourne, didn’t seem to miss Kohli’s influence with replacement skipper Ajinkya Rahane inspiring them to victory. a win is an absolutely incredible effort from the whole team, ”Kohli tweeted.
“I couldn’t be happier for the boys and especially for Jinks who led the team to victory in an incredible way. More and more from here.”
India’s preparation for the series was marred by injuries to opener Rohit Sharma (hamstrings) and quick Ishant Sharma (lateral tension). A fit Rohit will join the squad on Wednesday after completing his quarantine period.
“To win a test match without Virat, Rohit, Ishant and Shami is a tremendous achievement,” tweeted big hitter Sachin Tendulkar.
“I loved the resilience and character the team showed to end the loss in the first test and level the streak. Brilliant victory.”
Former tryout opener Virender Sehwag also praised the team and was particularly impressed with opening opener Shubman Gill who played with smooth strokes and without nervousness in both innings of his first test.
“A really special win at the CWM. Great determination and great character. Rahane led forward, the bowlers were great and Gill is cool,” Sehwag tweeted.