AUS vs IND: Ajinkya Rahane’s Smart Captaincy Grabs Limelight As India Bowl Out Australia For 195 On Day 1 Of Boxing Day Test

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After being pushed in opposition to the wall after a humbling defeat within the sequence opener, the Indian workforce bounced again and dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Take a look at on the Melbourne Cricket Floor (MCG) on Saturday. Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane misplaced the toss however the Indian bowlers have been on music all through the day and restricted the hosts for 195 all out on one of the crucial batting-friendly tracks in Australia. Whereas the bowlers deserve all of the reward for his or her exhausting work, the Indian skipper, who marshalled his troops with nice authority, deserves an equal reward. All through the day, Rahane attacked with close-in fielders and made some smart bowling modifications that labored wonders for the workforce.


Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was amongst many who praised Rahane’s bowing modifications and “sensible fielding placements”. Taking to Twitter, Sehwag additionally praised the bowlers for job effectively completed on Day 1 and giving India a strong begin.

“Excellent bowling modifications and actually sensible fielding placements from Rahane. And the bowlers delivered . Ashwin, Bumrah,Siraj have been completely sensible. Nice effort to get Australia all out for 195 on the primary day. Now for the batters to get a superb first innings lead #AUSvIND,” Sehwag tweeted.

VVS Laxman praised the “sensational” Indian bowlers and Rahane’s captaincy. Shrugging off all scars from their defeat within the first Take a look at, the Indian gamers performed optimistic cricket all through the day and Laxman was completely happy to see gamers not carrying any baggage of the Adelaide debacle.

“Glorious days play for India. Bowlers have been as soon as once more sensational, each the debutants seemed assured, Rahane captained the facet rather well however most significantly they did not carry the luggage of the loss from Adelaide. #INDvAUS,” Laxman wrote on Twitter.

Spin-bowling nice Shane Warne additionally praised Rahane for main his workforce effectively in Virat Kohli’s absence. The previous leg-spinner additionally congratulated the MCG floor workers for making ready top-of-the-line wicket on the venue for a very long time.


“What a terrific day of cricket on the MCG at present. Congrats to the bottom workers on making ready the very best wicket on the MCG for a very long time. Extra of those kind of pitches please ! The Indian bowlers have been excellent too & very effectively lead by 

@ajinkyarahane88 ! Can India bat all day?” Warne tweeted.

Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin have been the decide of the bowlers for the guests as they returned with 4 and three wickets respectively. Mohammed Siraj additionally impressed on his Take a look at debut and returned with two wickets for all his exhausting work.

India completed the Day 1 at 36/1, with Shubman Gill unbeaten on 28 and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on seven, trailing Australia by 159 runs. 

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