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PHOTOS: India crush Australia to win series 2-1

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damodaran mohan
by damodaran mohan on Mar 29, 2017 06:36 PM

(contd.)On the other hand the usual match winners for India -- Virat and Rahane with the bat had a lean time and Ashwin with the ball performed below expectations looking somewhat jaded through the series. True cricketers do pass through such odd lean patches and hope they would regain their form in the next series. The big story has to be Sir Jadeja overtaking Ashwin as the main spinner as also emerging as a full-fledged Test cricketer all-rounder with batting reliability improving by several notches. KL Rahul, Pujara and W/Saha too were the other important batting cog in the winning wheel for India. Finally, the fiery pace attack of Umeshy Yadv,B/Kumar, Ishant Sharma and benched Md. Shami are certainly going to be the most critical part of the sensational addition to the Indian bowling armory which perhaps give confidence to Capt Virat Kohli aim bigger to win on foreign soil too! He is truly Virat and looks more Australian when it comes to agression, competitiveness and never say die spirit. So why not be generous and shed hard feelings!

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damodaran mohan
by damodaran mohan on Mar 29, 2017 06:28 PM

Yes, miracles do happen sometimes and this win and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy re-claimer at 2-1 is no such small wonder after that disastrous start at Pune losing under 3 days while Indian fans were expecting a 4-0 whitewash by India against a weakest ever visiting Aus side! As they say all is well that ends well. We are indeed proud of Virat Kohli who with his aggression and competitive spirit has transformed team India as the No.1 side in just 2 yrs' time. It is time of Glory for Virat and time to forgive and forget even if he does look riled. However despite the bitterness generated during the series I am sure time will act as the best healer for the two sides to become friends again with lingering memories of top class cricket seen in the one of the best ever hard fought series. Coming to specifics, Ajinke Rahane the stand-in captain in place of injured Virat lead the side very ably in the decider at Dharamsla with the Indian pace duo of Umesh Yadav and B/Kumar breaking the back of the Aussies with fiery initial spells for the spinners to finish the job. Steve Smith losing his cool and playing the rash shot very unlike his cool and composed approach all along in the series actually cost him the match and the series. Perhaps this realization must have made him tender the apology .Otherwise he played brilliant cricket amassing 500 runs and leading his young inexperienced side to give the No1 Indian side a run for the money.

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