In what will go down as one of the most memorable series in the history of Test cricket, the final day of the 4th Test between India and Australia witnessed plenty of ups and downs as India went on to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a three-wicket win over Tim Paine’s men at the Gabba.
The Aussies have had nothing for granted as a wounded Team India has looked to its bench strength to fire, and fire it has. There is no lack of heroes in the series and their individual brilliance is in sync which has enabled the team to do better. Let’s take a look at these guys:
With 13 wickets in 3 Tests, Mohammed Siraj is India’s highest wicket-taker in this series. He also allegedly faced racial abuse during this test series.
Summoned for the 4th and final Test, he took 7 wickets in the two innings and then hit an impressive 67 to prove his usefulness with the bat as well.
Washington Sundar Drafted in as the all-rounder, he started off with 3 wickets. It was followed with a brilliant 62. Hanuma VihariDefying injury, the man’s 161-ball unbeaten 23 was the stuff legends are made of as he helped India save the game in Sydney. T NatarajanT Natarajan recorded the second-best figures by an Indian left-arm seamer on debut.
The 29-year-old left-arm quick dismissed centurion Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade and Josh Hazlewood to help India restrict Australia for 369 in the last test first inning.
Shubman GillWith more than 250 runs at an average of over 50, the man has settled down well into the opener’s slot. A new find for India at Test level and at 21 things are just getting started for him. Cheteshwar Pujara From vicious head knocks to taking nasty blows on the body and fingers, Cheteshwar Pujara was in the… Read MoreFrom vicious head knocks to taking nasty blows on the body and fingers, Cheteshwar Pujara was in the line of fire as hostile Aussie bowlers tried the short-ball strategy against India’s number 3 on the final day of the Gabba Test. At least thrice, the Indian team physio had to rush out to the middle to check on Pujara as he took body blows from the Aussie pacers. Read LessAjinkya Rahane
Leading from the front with a hundred and a win to start off, Rahane has not allowed India to feel the void created when Virat Kohli left to be with his wife Anushka for the birth of their first child.
Delivering with the ball, he also came to the party with the bat with a 128-ball 39 not out to play out a Sydney draw.
His performance with bat and ball helped India draw level in Melbourne after the horror in Adelaide.