The historical test series came to an end yesterday on the 5th and last day of the 4th Test match at Gabba Stadium, Brisbane. The series resulted in the fever of tourists while hosts regret the mistakes they made and underestimating the young team of India. A lot of things happened around the 4 test matches on the field and off the field.
Indian Test squad got their way to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy and this time without Virat Kohli and full strength squad. There was no a single match winner or dependable player. Both the teams showed total team effort and dominated their sides.
Pop Diaries Playing XI:
Shubhman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara (Openers)
Gill and Sharma the pair who always got Indian big opening partnerships in the last two matches. Shubhman Gill debuted for India in the second Test match of the series; he scored 259 runs in 6 innings as an opener. While Pujara who was regarded as an ultimate warrior by coach Ravi Shastri became second highest run scorer for India in the series. He managed to still strong on field and scored some much needed partnerships in the middle. Many find and suggest that Pujara should open India’s innings but nevermind he will be the opener in our team.
Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane(Captain) (Middle Order)
The highest run scorer of the series Marnus Labuschagne is our main middle order batsman. He scored some astonishing knocks including Century in the last match. He scored total 426 runs in 8 innings including 2 half centuries too. He scored some crucial partnerships with Steven Smith who is our number four batsmen; Smith scored some classical innings in the last two matches including a century in the third match. Ajinkya Rahane who successfully lead Indian team to a historical win is our Captain; Rahane scored a crucial knock in the second Test match of 112 runs.
Rishabh Pant (Wk.), Ravi Ashwin and Nathan Lyon (Spinners)
Rishabh Pant who came out as a match winner for India, played three matches and became India’s top scorer of the series. Pant scored some most important knocks of the series; 97 runs in 3rd Test and 89 runs in Last Test. Both the knocks helped India to draw and win the matches respectively. Ashwin and Lyon on the other hand are indeed world’s best Test cricket spinners; they both helped their sides to grow in bowling innings. From putting pressure, choking batsmen and taking crucial wickets both came out to be dependable players.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mohammad Siraj (Bowlers)
Two one of the best bowlers in the Test cricket format currently Cummins and Hazlewood vs. a series debutant Siraj this bowling unit looks tough to play on. Cummins became the highest wicket taker following Hazlewood on the second number and Siraj on the third. Specially need to mention Siraj because he lead the Indian pace attack in the third match while all the key main bowlers Bumrah, Ashwin, Jadeja were injured.
Jasprit Bumrah (12th Man)
Bumrah to be mentioned cause he came in Australia last time was in 2019 when India beat Australia in the same series for the first time. India had full-strength squad in that series and Bumrah was just a young talented bowler guarded with experienced bowlers. But just a year after (as we should not count the year 2020) Bumrah lead Indian bowling unit in first three tests in the absence of Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav. Bumrah missed last match due to injury.