As soon as he lifted the trophy after India’s big win over England in Ahmedabad to win the series 3-1 and qualifying for the final of the international Test tournament, It means more than just an obvious metaphor. It said at home or away, a pink or red ball, Gabba or Motera, Kohli or Rahane as captain, Bumrah or Natarjan, Jadeja or Axar, spin or stitch, mean nothing to the team, and that they will always find a way to slow down any difficulty.
“This did not happen overnight. To be at the top of the table, it’s two and a half years of work. So, it took six years before that, ”excited coach Ravi Shastri told broadcast cameras. “They have 520 points and deserve to be at the top of that table and play in the final (of the Test Championship).”
It should sound like fun to beat Australia and England in a row to get to the finals. In a way, it shows a change in the management of the sport from senior guards, not only on board houses but in the field of play.
When they lost the first Test in Australia last December, it was like the beginning of a nightmare. But a dream came true.
Once again, England’s defeat in the first Test was shocking. But a great revival occurred and the aura was restored. The fact that they almost played two different teams in eight Tests, at home and away, and yet came out victorious means a lot about the character and power on the bench.
India needed to win the series against England 2-1 to qualify for the WTC final, which will be played against New Zealand at Lord’s in June. With three tests in the spin, they gave England a complete workover instead and completed the WTC cycle with a total of 520 points and a 72.2 percentage point (PCT) score.
In terms of overall score, India has been at the top of the WTC table since the start of the tournament two years ago. But in November last year, ICC’s Cricket decided to make Covid’s canceled matches in vain and decided only the WTC league standings in the games played. It has made the PCT gained through the game more important. It made the Indian work difficult. They abruptly retreat to the WTC table, with Test series in Australia approaching.
India is back after being evacuated on the 36th in Adelaide. With an exhausted team, they won the Down Under. Against England, after the defeat of the first Test, the harassment of the athletes blew up their opponents. The second test was won in four days, the third test took less than two full days and the fourth ended in three days.
The second Test in Chennai and the Test-night Test in Ahmedabad were placed under the scanner. The closest face of cricket was put in the final Test, and India’s qualification in the WTC finals is not guaranteed. On the pitch, where Washington Sundar at No. 8 got 96 unbeaten points before the end of our teammates and Axar Patel at No. 9 approached the century, visitors could only hold two points fifty or more in two innings.
Indian cricket has always been excited about the increase in talent. When Mohammad Shami broke his arm in Australia, Mohammed Siraj appeared and took 13 wickets in three Tests. When the injury was revealed by Ravindra Jadeja, Washington stood up and counted in Australia. When Jasprit Bumrah was injured in Brisbane, Shardul Thakur came to make donations to win the game with bat and ball.
Ahead of the England series, the big question is who will be the team’s second spinner, Jadeja not available. Axar Patel was thrown into the mix, as a close favorite. The left arm spinner took 27 wickets in three Tests, including four four five and a total of 10.59. He crippled the visitors in such a way that after a point the English drivers began to see the ball turn into a square even when they were directly chased away. Ravichandran Ashwin, the leader of the spin pack, finished the series with 32 wickets, and a century.
In seven matches against Australia and England, India once again found the winner of the match, Rishabh Pant, his Adam Gilchrist-esque 101 in the fourth Test that shattered England when they held the match. It would be a futile attempt to capture the impact of Pant on the basis of his 270 runs in the series and his wicket-keeping has greatly improved. When his cricket became a place of food and talent and morals, Pant rose to prominence, as India acquired a worthy MS Dhoni supporter more than six years after retiring from Test
“We were tough on him (Pant). Nothing came easy and he was told frankly that he should respect the game a little. He has to lose a little weight, he has to work hard at his end… And he has answered us, ”said Shastri.
In Australia, Kohli took his father’s leave after the first Test. Against England, Cheteshwar Pujara hit a narrow shot, Ajinkya Rahane was left out and Shubman Gill struggled. But when travel became difficult, Rohit Sharma went. His 161 in Chepauk brought India back in the series. His 66th in the Test-ball Test, in which all other batsmen struggled, was world class.
Shastri summed up the party’s success: “This party refuses to give up. We were unrestricted in Australia and we are the same here. ”