Former England captain Michael Vaughan went down the memory lane and hailed India after their win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia earlier this year. With their backs against the wall, following injuries to several first-team players, the visitors won the series 2-1.
Moreover, Virat Kohli had returned home on paternity after defeat in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. However, under Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership, Team India made a stupendous comeback and won the Boxing-Day Test in Melbourne. After the 3rd Test in Sydney ended in a draw, the visitors sealed the series with a win in the final Test in Brisbane.
“The way that they bounced back and Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy was spectacular. And then to get to Sydney and the Aussies just pummel them for a few days. There’s nothing like the last day battling out for a draw,” Michael Vaughan said during an interaction on Fox Cricket.
Youngsters like Rishabh Pant Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar took the center stage as India ended Australia’s 31-match unbeaten streak at the Gabba. Vaughan also lauded Pant for his fearless brand of cricket. He didn’t forget to make a cheeky comment on head coach Ravi Shastri as well.
“It’s a great spectacle when a team just trying to hang in there. A little bit of banter – Ashwin taking a little bit of talking from behind the stumps. And then the Aussies arriving at the Gabba thinking that’s all. They just can’t get beaten at the Gabba… they’ll steamroll them,” he added.
“Throughout the whole tour, we knew Rishabh Pant was a player. But I thought particularly those last two Test matches, pant came to light. It was a brilliant series. I can only imagine how much red wine Ravi Shastri must have had,” the 46-year-old signed off.