Team India under MS Dhoni had seen a lot of success, including the prestigious ICC trophies – T20 World Cup, ICC World Cup, and ICC Champions Trophy. Later, under Virat Kohli, Team India did exceedingly well in ICC competitions too. Apart from leading the unit to the Numero Uno position in the Tests, India achieved their maiden Test series glory in Australia in 2018 too as well. However, when both Dhoni and Kohli were not available, Ajinkya Rahane did well while leading.
Team India missed the top players in a four-match Test series against Australia on their home soil. They could only manage 36 in Adelaide and after losing that they bounced back. And, the former middle-order batter and currently the chief of National Cricket Academy VVS Laxman recalled that recently.
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“The partnership between @Hanumavihari and Ashwin in Sydney to draw the test match and the one between Shardul and Washington Sundar at the Gabba ,an almost India C bowling line up beating a full strength Australians that too at the Gabba, definitely #BandonMeinThaDum,” wrote VVS Laxman while sharing the video.
The partnership between @Hanumavihari and Ashwin in Sydney to draw the test match and the one between Shardul and Washington Sundar at the Gabba ,an almost India C bowling line up beating a full strength Australians that too at the Gabba, definitely #BandonMeinThaDum @VootSelect pic.twitter.com/nGik2yIFUK
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 2, 2022
After an eight-wicket defeat in Adelaide, the team made a strong comeback and went to equal the series in the following encounter in Melbourne. The third Test in Sydney witnessed R Ashwin and Hanuman Vihari take strong body blows and ended the catch in a draw, although Rishabh Pant’s ferocious approach took the team close to an impossible win too as well. The fourth and final encounter saw both Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin sit out due to injury, as Washington Sundar made his Test debut as well.
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Sundar had then added a crucial stand with Shardul Thakur, taking India from 186/6 to 309/7 in the first innings. Pant then played a dream knock in the fourth innings at Gabba, which helped India win the game by three wickets and the series 2-1 as well.