AUS vs IND: “Losing Virat Kohli Was once Not Easy, But Ajinkya Rahane Was once Very Calm And Balanced,” Says Ravichandran Ashwin

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Indian players have been in a joyous temper after the team’s commanding win over Australia in the Boxing Day Test on Tuesday. Spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin said losing steady skipper Virat Kohli used to be not easy for the team, but stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane stood up to the challenge and led from the front. India on Tuesday secured an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the Boxing Day Test. Rahane’s 12th century in the longest format of the game and Ravindra Jadeja’s well-made fifty had provided India firm keep watch over in the second one Test.

“The most efficient object that we did used to be just walk absent from that game — in Adelaide — and we said that it used to be just a type of unlucky days and the batting unit definitely did take responsibility for it. Most importantly, losing Virat used to be not easy but the discussion we had around it and the team-building exercises that we did through that phase from Adelaide to Melbourne used to be very a very powerful and Jinks used to be very, very calm and balanced which gave many people the launch-pad to go available in the market and express ourselves after that defeat,” Ashwin said in a video posted by BCCI.

“Many people have played for a while now and we have had some special wins but whether I had to select one that would be extremely special is this one for numerous reasons. This team minus Virat, the batting giant that India had during the last decade or so, isn’t that easy and Jinks stood up and that is among the finest cricketing knocks I have seen,” he added.

Cheteshwar Pujara also termed it a special win, adding that it goes into his list of top five victories that he has been part of.

“I think this will definitely be in one of the most top five victories I have been a part of and the in another country victories are all the time special. The way Jinks batted in the first innings, and also in the second one innings, and also the way bowlers bowled after losing Umesh, we were only left with four bowlers but they bowled their heart out. All of the guys wanted to win. We were in point of fact hurt after the first loss and now the series is level,” Pujara said.

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Ravindra Jadeja said he wants the team to retain the momentum going. “This is going to be a special victory for us as a team because we were one down. In the first game, we missing badly. So, I think we came with a good spirit and attitude and as a team, we played very good cricket. Everyone is taking a look in good form, batsmen are scoring runs, bowlers are taking wickets. With a bit of luck, we continue the same momentum and optimistically, win the next game,” Jadeja said.

With this victory, the visitors have leveled the four-match Test series 1-1. In addition, the win also ensured India moved a step closer to the last of the World Test Championship.

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