Returning to the country on paternity leave, Indian captain Virat Kohli has praised the team led by Ajinkya Rahane in his place and described his century against Australia as the best.
Rahane scored an unbeaten 104 on the second day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and shared an unbeaten century with Rabindra Jadeja (40 not out) for the sixth wicket. With this, India has gained an important lead of 82 runs by scoring 277 runs for five wickets. Earlier, when Team India bowled out Australia for 195 in the first innings on the first day of the second Test, Captain Virat Kohli praised the bowlers.
After the first day’s play, Kohli tweeted, “The first day was very good for us. The bowlers performed great and we (the day) ended well.” Notably, Kohli returned to the country after the initial Test match in Adelaide due to the birth of his first child. In the second innings of the first match, India were bowled out for only 36 runs.
India had added 25 runs in the first day’s score of 36/1. Shubman Gill, looking in great touch but caught by Tim Paine. Soon after, Cheteshwar Pujara also went on to score 17 runs. Pat Cummins sent him to the pavilion. Rahane and Hanuma Vihari shared a 52-run partnership after three wickets fell for 63 runs, but Vihari returned to the pavilion after scoring 21 runs. Following this, Rishabh Pant played a brilliant 29-run inning and shared a 57-run partnership with Rahane.
While the batsman lost their wickets after being set, Rahane remained at one end and plagued the Australian bowlers. Rahane completed his century in 198 balls. During this, 12 fours came off his bat. Apart from this, Ravindra Jadeja also performed amazing with the bat. He is present at the crease by scoring 40 runs in 104 balls. By the end of the second day’s play, India has taken a lead of 82 runs.