Arguably the most high profile series of this calendar year is underway. Strong India is taking on mighty Aussies in their own backyard. While the series is poised 1-1 after the intense two test matches, the encounter at Perth was truly test cricket at its best.
Each and every session was engrossing and every moment was worth watching. Irrespective of what nationality you belong to, Perth test was treat to watch for every cricket fan. It was a closely fought battle and an even contest between bat and bowl, which eventually home side won in emphatic passion.
The major takeaways from this test match were:
Ever since the Indian team arrived on Australian soil, verbal war was continuously going on. Not only former cricketers from both sides, but team players were also involved in word rivalry, to put pressure on each other.
But the cross talk between the skippers was the epic highlight of the match. The debate between the two captains encapsulated the whole game. The “Stand-in Captain” taunt from Virat and the indirect stump mic reply from Paine via Murali Vijay will remain the talk of the town till the closure of the tour.
Therefore, it was ‘banter at its best’.
Making the Bat Talk
Indian skipper literally believes in the above mentioned mantra. The celebration he did after getting his 25th test ton, was absolute manifestation of how to talk with the bat.
The most special aspect about Kohli is that every ton looks better than the previous one. The way he handles and perform in severe pressure makes him way above his competitors. By hitting his 25th century, he only lagged behind Sir Don Bradman in terms of innings taken to reach fastest to 25 test hundreds. Tremendous!
Murali Vijay and KL Rahul has become walking wickets for Australian bowlers. Both fellows have been unable to give platform for middle order batsmen.
Mostly, when sub-continent teams tour to Australia, their openers struggle. This time, it was highly anticipated that Indian openers would perform better, but the reality is utterly opposite.
So, zero for the loss of one in both innings, was also the highlight of the test.
All in all, it was drama at Perth’s new OPTUS stadium. Venue was changed so as the result as compared to Perth test 2008 (played at WACA). Nathan Lyon’ s persistent line and length, Tim Paine’s first test win as skipper and Australia’s first test win after Durban test earlier this year; were also some of the aspects that made Perth test, to remember for a very long time.