new Delhi: After the embarrassing defeat of the first Test played in Adelaide on the tour of Australia, Team India returned to the series brilliantly and registered a historic win over the Kangaroos. After Adelaide, the Indian team captain Virat Kohli was on paternity leave while Mohammed Shami returned home after an injury.
In the absence of these two experienced players, Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) led the team brilliantly by playing a century.
Rahane’s century innings was most important
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who took charge of the Indian cricket team from the Boxing Day match, said that his century in the second Test played in Melbourne will be very special because it opened the way to win in the series.
After scoring 112 runs in the Boxing Day Test, Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) however said that the century innings played at Lord’s ground (17 July 2014) was the best innings of his career.
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The 32-year-old said that he did not know about the importance of his Melbourne innings, which laid the foundation for India’s 2–1 series win against Australia.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) told ‘Sports Today’, ‘It is important for me that when I score runs, the team wins. I think that that innings is really special for me. For me, winning Test matches and series is a priority rather than an achievement.
He said, ‘But yes, Melbourne Test century was really special. I said in Melbourne that Lord’s century is the most special for me but many people told me that Melbourne’s century innings was better than Lord’s.
Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) said, ‘I didn’t know how to react to this. But now I realized, given the circumstances after the Adelaide Test match, Melbourne was really important for the Test series and yes, I felt Melbourne’s innings was really special ‘.