After being pushed in opposition to the wall after a humbling defeat within the sequence opener, the Indian crew bounced again and dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Test on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane misplaced the toss however the Indian bowlers had been on track all through the day and restricted the hosts for 195 all out on one of the batting-friendly tracks in Australia. While the bowlers deserve all of the reward for his or her exhausting work, the Indian skipper, who marshalled his troops with nice authority, deserves an equal reward. Throughout the day, Rahane attacked with close-in fielders and made some sensible bowling modifications that labored wonders for the crew.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was amongst many who praised Rahane’s management abilities and his bowing modifications and “smart fielding placements”. Taking to Twitter, Sehwag additionally praised the bowlers for job properly accomplished on Day 1 and giving India a strong begin.
“Outstanding bowling changes and really smart fielding placements from Rahane. And the bowlers delivered . Ashwin, Bumrah,Siraj were absolutely brilliant. Great effort to get Australia all out for 195 on the first day. Now for the batters to get a good first innings lead #AUSvIND,” Sehwag tweeted.
Outstanding bowling modifications and actually good fielding placements from Rahane.
And the bowlers delivered . Ashwin, Bumrah,Siraj had been completely good. Great effort to get Australia all out for 195 on the primary day. Now for the batters to get a superb first innings lead #AUSvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 26, 2020
VVS Laxman praised the “sensational” Indian bowlers and Rahane’s captaincy. Shrugging off all scars from their defeat within the first Test, the Indian gamers performed constructive cricket all through the day and Laxman was pleased to see gamers not carrying any baggage of the Adelaide debacle.
“Excellent days play for India. Bowlers were once again sensational, both the debutants looked confident, Rahane captained the side really well but most importantly they didn’t carry the baggage of the loss from Adelaide. #INDvAUS,” Laxman wrote on Twitter.
Excellent days play for India. Bowlers had been as soon as once more sensational, each the debutants regarded assured, Rahane captained the facet rather well however most significantly they did not carry the bags of the loss from Adelaide. #INDvAUS
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 26, 2020
Spin-bowling nice Shane Warne additionally praised Rahane for main his crew properly in Virat Kohli’s absence. The former leg-spinner additionally congratulated the MCG floor employees for getting ready among the best wicket on the venue for a very long time.
“What a terrific day of cricket on the MCG at present. Congrats to the bottom employees on getting ready the most effective wicket on the MCG for a very long time. More of those kind of pitches please ! The Indian bowlers had been excellent too & very properly lead by
@ajinkyarahane88 ! Can India bat all day?” Warne tweeted.
What a terrific day of cricket on the MCG at present. Congrats to the bottom employees on getting ready the most effective wicket on the MCG for a very long time. More of those kind of pitches please ! The Indian bowlers had been excellent too & very properly lead by @ajinkyarahane88 ! Can India bat all day ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin had been the choose of the bowlers for the guests as they returned with 4 and three wickets respectively. Mohammed Siraj additionally impressed on his Test debut and returned with two wickets for all his exhausting work.
India completed the Day 1 at 36/1, with Shubman Gill unbeaten on 28 and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on seven, trailing Australia by 159 runs.
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