AUS vs IND: Because of the manner the teenagers performed under enormous pressure, India managed to create one of the most legendary series triumphs in Australia in 2020-21 that would be imprinted in the minds of cricket fans for a long time. Despite posting India’s lowest-ever Test score of 36 in the first AUS vs IND Test, and with captain Virat Kohli having left, a youthful team headed by Ajinkya Rahane managed to pull off a comeback at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Sydney Test was drawn after a valiant effort, and all eyes were on the Gabba for the series-deciding game.
Before the 4th AUS vs IND Test, India had been dealing with injuries to Shami, Umesh, Bumrah, and Ashwin. Mohammad Siraj was the most experienced Indian bowler in the team, having played in two previous tests against Australia. His response was a five-wicket haul that proved to be memorable, while teenager Shubman Gill had struck a courageous 50 and 91 in the Test to set up India’s victory in the series.
Rishabh Pant’s unbroken 89 in that second innings was important in breaking through the fortress of Gabba and winning their second straight series in Australia.
We were all hoping and praying that Rishabh would be able to stay: Mohammed Siraj about AUS vs IND fourth Test
During Pant’s one of the most significant innings of his life, Siraj described the emotions that were flowing through the dressing room. He also said that Pant’s risk-taking shots might cause fear in both the team’s dressing rooms. He went on to tell how the squad had begged for him to remain in the crease and lead India to a historic win.
“This is impossible to put into words how anxious everyone felt in the changing room. Rishabh is a person that scares the living daylights out of his teammates. Take a moment to consider the impact he must have on the opponent. We were all hoping and praying that Rishabh would be able to remain in the crease. We knew if he kept batting, we’d win the game,” Siraj explains why he wanted Rishabh Pant to keep batting in the documentary Down Underdogs, which premieres on the Sony Sports Network this week.
After the game, Indian teenagers rushed onto the field to celebrate the historic win, which had been completely unexpected, and Siraj remarked that the Indian flag was flying proudly in the stadium. Siraj has already established himself as one of the most effective pacers in the Indian bowling squad, particularly in Test matches, and he has had to deal with a lot of emotions during the recent tour of Australia, which included the death of his father.
“In the moments when Rishabh was about to take one of his shots, we were saying to ourselves: Hold on. Continue to stay in for a little while longer. At the Gabba, everyone was ecstatic that we had broken Australia’s previous record. Even today, the mere thought of the festivities causes chills in my stomach. I’ll never forget the feeling of accomplishment as I walked around the field. Thanking all of the supporters with an Indian flag in hand,” he continued.