In low scoring Test matches, that are played on dustbowls, it is not always when the batsman go on to pile up records. Even one decent partnership which fights its way against all circumstances can be enough in turning the game on its head. That is how exactly things panned out in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as a stellar partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane got the team back into the Test.
India were in a real spot of bother on the third day with Josh Hazlewood bowling an impeccable spell. However, it was then when the pillars in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stood up and ensured that there was no damage in the third session. Ultimately, this 118 runs stand turned out to be the difference and India ended up winning the Test.
Post the side’s win, skipper Virat Kohli pointed out this stand and called it a “champion” partnership.
“Especially after the way, we lost the first Test,” said Kohli. “We wanted to prove ourselves. Today the boys showed their heart and character along with the crowd. A couple of the sessions were game changing. The moment they did not get big runs in the first innings. We knew we had a chance,” the Indian captain said.
Kohli went on to quote Pujara and Rahane as India’s best Test players at the moment.
“After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock, in the end, Ishant’s application, that was a bonus. We would have liked anything over 200, we thought from 225 there was only one winner,” said Kohli.
The Indian captain concluded by mentioning that he was all smiles for the next Test at Ranchi and quite optimistic.
“The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now,” Kohli concluded.