Half of the Australian batsmen returned to the pavilion during the tea break on the first day in Melbourne. At the end of the day’s play, the entire Australian team returned with only 195 runs. This score may seem unbelievable after witnessing the collapse of the first Test. Captain Rinky Ponting and Virender Sehwag are watching the captain Ajinkye Rahane behind this success.
Ajinkya Rahane has been crowned the captain of India in Melbourne. His leadership seems to have changed the Indian team. Shant Rahane seems to have explained who is responsible. Leading bowler Yashpreet Bumra was seen playing his debut match, explaining to Mohammad Siraj how to bowl. Experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was also seen in the same role. Every bowler bowled according to Rahane’s fielding and got success. As the Indian team is not huge, they have forgotten the disease of giving up on him and have shouldered all the responsibilities. And captain Rahane is showing them the way.
And the former cricketers are mad at this. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting says, “Rahane has a great captaincy. It was doubtful whether India would be able to return after the loss in Adelaide. Today, it seems that they have become a better team than before under Rahane’s captaincy. From fielding sorting, bowler change is perfect in Rahane today. It means making sure that the bowlers bowl as the captain arranges the field. ” The same goes for former India opener Virender Sehwag. “Rahane is changing great bowlers and fielding,” he said. Ashwin, Bumra, Siraj are great today. Australia were held to 195 runs. Now it’s the batsmen’s job. They have to take a big lead. ”
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
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 26, 2020
What a terrific day of cricket at the MCG today. Congrats to the ground staff on preparing the best wicket at the MCG for a long time. More of these type of pitches please ! The Indian bowlers were outstanding too & very well lead by @ajinkyarahane88 ! Can India bat all day ?
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 26, 2020
Spinner Shane Warne, who has taken 800 wickets in Tests, said: “Great day in Melbourne. After a long time, it has become the ideal pitch for Test cricket. I want more such pitch. The Indian bowlers are also great and Rahane’s captaincy is admirable. Will India be able to bat all day tomorrow? ” VVS Laxman, who was once feared by Australians, said, “Great day for India. The bowlers showed great, confidence to the two debutants. Rahane handled the whole team very well. The best thing is that India did not come to Melbourne with the impression of Adelaide. ”
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
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 26, 2020