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New Delhi: The BIG question being asked after spectacular win in the 3rd Test that saw India reducing the deficit by 1-2, weather India will be able to continue their winning streak…? Well, going by the performance they put up in last game, one can surely say they will and they should.
Just to recall 1936-37 Ashes series when Australia, led by great Don Bradman, bounced back from 0-2 to win the series 3-2. Its still considered the greatest comeback of all time. England were headed for glory in the 1936/37 Ashes when they won the first two Tests. However, they failed to stop their old nemesis, Don Bradman and Australia scripted a fabulous comeback.
During the third Test in Melbourne, Don Bradman changed the course with a magnificent 270 as Australia achieved an important victory. It needed a 10 wicket haul from Chuck Fleetwood-Smith to help Australia draw level in Adelaide while Bradman, Stan McCabe and Bill O'Reilly helped Australia seal an innings victory to seal a remarkable comeback. This remains the only instance when a team has come back and won the series after trailing 0-2 in a five Test series.
So the question is do we have A Don Bradman to turn things around? The one name that comes to mind is that of Team India captain Virat Kohli who eventually found his form after failing with the bat in the first two Test. India were in deep trouble after losing three wickets for 82. Kohli along with Ajinkya Rahane, not only kept the English bowlers at bay but also added 159 runs to give their bowlers enough cushion to purchase wickets. Though Kohli missed a century by 3 runs in the first inning but finally got it in the second outing.
Unlike previous matches, Kohli was flawless in his decision making in the 3rd game. In fact he was bold enough to include Rishabh Pant in playing XI. Pant made his Test debut with superb five catches behind the stumps. He played just one spinner in R.Ashwin and rested Ravindra Jadeja. He trusted his pacers more than spinners. Pacers responded well and all four fast bowlers distributed all ten wickets among them self.
In the 1st Test, Kohli though had scored 200 runs but he did not get any support from other batsmen and that resulted in India failing to achieve a small target of 194. However, in the 3rd Test, Kohli was well supported by other batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane.
Indian bowlers were well supported by the fielders. Team India looked much better fielding side in this match. While wicket keeper Rishabh Pant took five catches in the first inning KL Rahul too six catches in slip in two innings.
If India can repeat this performance, it can certainly relive 1936-37 Ashes series.
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Author: Amit Singh
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