Ravi Shastri delivered a stirring dressing room speech commending the "courage, resolve and spirit" of his wounded warriors after an injury-ravaged Indian side beat Australia at the Gabba.
324 runs from 98 overs in the final day’s play at the Gabba looked like a mountain to climb. Instead, they seized the momentum at crucial junctures to pull off an improbable win on an emotionally-charged, roller-coaster day.
Just before Pant combusted, he had received a message from Shastri. ‘Lyon has kept fielders at the boundary; khelo unke saath, tease them, take singles and twos if you want. You can hit the new ball too, due in a couple of overs. It won’t do much on this track.’
“The only thing I keep on thinking every day is that I want to win matches for India,” Pant said at the end of his unbeaten knock. Head coach Ravi Shastri looked ahead: “By keeping his composure like today, if he can keep winning matches, it will be huge for us.”
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On Tuesday, as the Indian team recorded a historic three-wicket win in Brisbane to win the Test series 2-1, Singh watched the highlights of Gill’s knock of 91 on loop. It reminded him of how the youngster had prepared mentally as well as technically for the biggest challenge of his career.
Tim Paine's poor calls on Day Five only made matters worse for Australia.
The Indian team showed a never-seen-before zeal to retain the coveted trophy with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test.
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The victory Down Under handed India 430 points, putting it ahead of New Zealand (420) and Australia (332).
Ravi Shastri also said that the just-concluded series was the toughest tour ever for him.
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Australia had set a target of 328 for India in the fourth innings, which was chased down on the final day on the back of some counter-attacking batting by Rishabh Pant (89*) and Shubman Gill (91).
Rishabh Pant's 89 on the last day of the fourth Test in Brisbane was instrumental in helping India win the series Down Under.
India battled all odds to pull off a record-breaking chase in the 4th Test and win the series 2-1 on the final day of the match in Brisbane on Tuesday.
A minefield of talent called Rishabh Pant (89 not out off 138 balls) channelled his inner 'Mad Max' to scare the daylights out of the Australians with his breathtaking strokeplay, ending the home team's 32-year-old unbeaten run at the 'Fortress Gabba'.
Shubman Gill also shared a partnership worth 114 Cheteshwar Pujara as India looked at creating history and chasing down the total of 328 at the Gabba.
The board has only a two-month window to host its four-day competition as it wants to start the IPL in April. With more than two lakh Covid-19 cases still active in the country, the BCCI will have to chalk out plans to stage the tournament safely.
India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test Day 5 Highlights: Rishabh Pant (89*) hit the winning runs after a superb top order show from Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara as India won the 4th Test by 3 wickets and claimed the series 2-1.
Dedicating his success to his father, Mohammed Siraj said: “My dad had wished that his son would play and the entire world would watch him. This is because of his blessings that I have got a five-wicket haul in Tests. I can’t express my feelings in words.”
Even though he isn’t as pacy as before, Thakur doesn’t let go of his obsession because he knows he has the ability to direct his bouncers when in rhythm.
If Australia thought they could feast on an Indian bowling brigade that got progressively weakened as the series progressed, they were rudely mistaken.
Ishan Kishan and Anukul Roy were the top performers for Jharkhand.
Steve Smith, who top-scored with a vital 55 in the second essay, evaded a question on whether Australia could have declared early.
England secured a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first Test on Monday but there will be only muted celebrations at the tourists' hotel as life in a bio-secure bubble continues to take a heavy toll, said Jonny Bairstow.