Hungry for redemption, the Indian cricket team recorded a win to remember under their current captain Ajinkya Rahane, beating Australia by eight wickets in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.
India was set to chase a target of 70, which was never a big one but for a team that was bowled out for its all-time lowest score of 36 only 10 days back, one can't fault them if that game haunted their minds and proved as inspiration for Tuesday’s win.
Shubman Gill (35 not out) and skipper Rahane (27 not out) knocked off the runs in
15.5 overs to complete the victory.
All 11 Indian players playing in this Test match registered their first win while chasing away from home. The last time India had won a Test while chasing away from home was against Sri Lanka in Colombo in back in 2010, meaning this was also India’s first Test win while chasing away from home in this decade. Barring Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha ( not in the XI) had made their Test debuts before 2010 in this current Indian side. Interestingly regular Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave, is yet to win a Test while chasing away from home.
This was India’s first win while chasing in Australia after 17 years. The last time India won a Test match in Australia while chasing a target in 4th innings was in 2003 at Adelaide. This was the last time a visiting team won a Test match after successfully chasing a target in 4th innings at MCG was in 2008 by South Africa.
“What a win this is, an absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn't be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here”, tweeted Virat Kohli.
"I am really proud of all the players. I want to give credit to the debutants Siraj and Gill, the character they showed after the Adelaide loss was great to see," Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony.