India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane not solely led the group to a memorable win within the second Test of the collection in opposition to Australia on Tuesday, but in addition joined an elite checklist after his batting masterclass within the Boxing Day Test. The middle-order batsman added one other feather to his cap as his identify was engraved on the MCG Honours Board for the second time, after he hit a masterful hundred within the first innings. “Following a batting masterclass in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, #TeamIndia captain @ajinkyarahane has his name engraved on the MCG Honours Board for the second time,” Indian Cricket Team captioned the video on Instagram.
Rahane was additionally the inaugural winner of the Mullagh Medal after he received the Man of the Match award within the second Test. The Boxing Day Test Player of the Match medal has been named in honour of trailblazing Indigenous cricketer Johnny Mullagh.
Rahane refused to take credit score for his Man of the Match present within the second Test on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Having hit the successful run to seal the win on Tuesday, the batsman instantly pointed on the sensible present placed on by the group.
“Really proud of all the players. Played really well. Want to give credit to the debutants (Mohammed) Siraj and (Shubman) Gill, the character they showed after the Adelaide loss was great to see,” he stated within the post-match presentation.
Harping on the necessity to present character after being hammered within the pink-ball Test on the Adelaide Oval, Rahane stated: “Character was important for us, especially after losing Umesh in the second innings. That (five-bowler plan) worked well for us nicely. We were thinking of having an all-rounder and Jadeja has been brilliant for us.”
While Gill did not put the stands on hearth, he undoubtedly weathered the fireplace thrown at him by the duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. And Rahane was fast to level out how the teen stood tall. He additionally praised Siraj for standing up and getting counted, particularly with India lacking Umesh within the second innings.
“Shubman, we all know his first-class career and in this game, he has shown the intent to play shots at this level. Has shown composure. Siraj has shown that he can bowl with discipline. It’s really difficult for debutants to bowl with discipline but that’s where I think the first-class experience comes in handy,” he pointed.
Commenting on the speak within the dressing room after shedding the primary Test, he stated: “The talk was all about showing the attitude and intent on the field. As I said, character. Adelaide was about one hour that took the game away from us. Lots to learn for even now. Australia applied themselves with their last five wickets.”
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