Cricket-India’s heroic triumph in Australia highlights strength in depth

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MUMBAI, Jan.20 (Reuters) – As the impact of India’s victory in Australia’s 2-1 fairy tale series gradually diminishes in the country, it would be fair to believe that the future of the team is in good hands after their newcomers tell each other ‘Down Under’.

The Gabba scenes at the end of Tuesday afternoon were in stark contrast to those of Adelaide a month ago, when India lost the three-day opening test, after suffering the ignominy of scoring his lowest total in history of 36.

With India 1-0 and regular captain Virat Kohli, the mainstay of the batting team, returning home to witness the birth of their first child, it didn’t take long for experts to predict a 4-0 hit for tourists against Australia at full strength. .

The situation worsened for India as the number of injuries rose and the streak became decisive in Brisbane, their five-man bowling attack had contested four tests between them and taken 11 wickets.

In contrast, the five Australian bowlers had a total of 1,013 wickets of 249 tests.

The gaping difference in experience didn’t matter in the end, as India beat Australia at Gabba – a place they hadn’t lost since 1988 – by three wickets to complete an unlikely triumph in series.

“Wow. This has to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest test win of all time !! Eggs on my face here in the UK .. but I love to see the character and the skill .. India has plenty of them, ”tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan, who predicted Australian bleaching after Adelaide.

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Rishabh Pant came under considerable pressure after nodding past Wriddhiman Saha, considered a better wicket keeper, after the first test, but he gave him back his confidence by finishing as the series top scorer in India.

Pant helped India maintain the series level with a draw in Sydney contributing a scintillating 97 before sealing the win on Tuesday with an unbeaten 89.

“We play him in away matches because he’s a winner, and he’s shown us exactly why during this series,” said Indian coach Ravi Shastri.

Ravaged by injuries during the series, considered one of the toughest tours in world cricket, India made its debut with five players while using 20.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj endured an emotionally grueling tour – staying despite the loss of his father in November and crowd abuse in Sydney – and ended as the main wicket taker in India.

Shubman Gill missed Adelaide’s opener but immediately resolved India’s opening problems after making his Melbourne debut and produced a stylish fourth inning in Brisbane to help the team pursue a record target at Gabba.

Seaman T. Natarajan and versatile spin-bowling Washington Sundar were the Indian bowlers but made useful contributions in their early days while paceman Shardul Thakur was also impressive in Brisbane in his second test only.

“The depth of Indian cricket is frightening,” summarizes the former South African talisman AB de Villiers.

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