The win will be remembered for a long time, tweets Rohit Sharma on MCG victory
Indian captain Virat Kohli was also jubilant after retaining the coveted trophy.
Updated - Dec 30, 2018 11:25 am
India have scored a resounding victory over hosts Australia by 137 runs and have retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The hosts had been outplayed in all three facets of the game, having led down majorly due to their disastrous batting and fielding displays. Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to the Test team, was especially ecstatic that he took to Twitter posting a picture with the team and the support staff.
The final wicket of Nathan Lyon was taken by Ishant Sharma to close the innings out. Earlier on day five, the rain had threatened to wash the day out, having wiped the first session. However, the visitors plucked the final two wickets in quick succession. Jasprit Bumrah was adjudged the man of the match with nine wickets in the match.
The right-hander from Mumbai, Rohit played a decisive role in India’s win. He has had a lean run in red-ball cricket. He was also dropped by the substitute fielder Peter Siddle when he was on 15. He, however, made it count and punished the Australian pacers to remain unbeaten on 63 at declaration.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was also jubilant after retaining the coveted trophy. The 30-year old said that things don’t stop here for team India as they embark to win their first ever Test series down under in the fourth test at Sydney. Kohli also lauded Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, and Jasprit Bumrah’s unmatched contribution in a historic triumph. Here is the photo of the team’s celebration at the dressing room where Sharma reveals this win will be remembered for a long time.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 30, 2018
Sharma’s advice to Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah’s excellent delivery to dismiss Shaun Marsh in the first innings has been one of the talking points of the match. The slower yorker which the skiddy bowler bowled pitched in full right in front of the middle stump. The umpire took no time to raise the finger with Marsh looking flabbergasted.
The 25-year old Bumrah later revealed that it was Rohit Sharma who had asked him to try the slower ball which paid hugely. The fourth and the final Test begins at Sydney on January 3rd, 2019.