On January 19, 2021, Team India rewrote the history books by breaking the Gabba fort against Australia. India’s young brigade sealed the series 2-1 with a thumping three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth Test. On the second anniversary of India’s heroics, former Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri penned a note to appreciate the efforts of Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur.
In a few tweets, Ravi Shastri wrote: “#TDTY 2021 – 3 youngsters defy all odds to script biggest Test win. Foundation laid by Shubman Gill, Mohammad Siraj gets a breakthrough and is finished off by Rishabh Pant. Add Washington Sundar and Washington Sundar to the list. His contribution to the series win was immense.”
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 19, 2023
Ravi Shastri also expressed hope that wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant will soon return to India’s Test squad as the team hosts the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February. Rishabh Pant underwent some ligament surgeries and is recovering after being involved in a horrific car accident on his way from Delhi to Dehradun on December 30 last year.
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Talking about the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, it was one of the greatest that India ever played in overseas conditions, winning 2-1 despite not having the services of their best players. Rishabh Pant was the star performer in the Gabba Test as he scored 89* off 138 balls. Pant, batting at number 5, helped India chase down a seemingly impossible target of 328 against a mighty Australian bowling attack.
Pant handled the pressure very well during his knock after coming on and batted with four batsmen in the lower order to hand India a historic series win. And an incredibly proud Ajinkya Rahane – the stand-in captain for most of the Test series – said it was a battle of wills between two teams and cricket was much more than just a game of bat and ball.
Ajinkya Rahane had said, “We are all complaining, knowing what to do but failing to act, just looking back and struggling to get out of that negative bubble and here are some There are spirited determined youth who are showing us the way. But are we as keen as them? It comes down to that. And that is why there is much more to cricket than bat and ball. Hats off to the entire Indian team for giving us a reason to wake up early, look forward to something with confidence and make us smile in these tough times.
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India head coach Ravi Shastri, who was criticized for favoring Rishabh Pant ahead of Wriddhiman Saha, said Pant was a match-winner in Australian conditions and had the ability to turn any game on its head.
Ravi Shastri had said, ‘Rahane may look calm but inside he is a very strong person. a difficult character. We play Pant abroad because he is a match winner. When he is not well, people criticize him. But he can help you win these kinds of matches.”