“The Tables Have Turned”: Ramiz Raja’s ‘Taylor-Made’ Dig As India Border-Gavaskar Trophy In Australia
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman and captain Rameez Raja has claimed that it is impossible to defeat the Indian team on their own soil. If Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were not there on the third day of the second Test at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, Australia could have put their hopes of leveling the series and regaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy back. However, the spin twins managed to turn the tide in favor of the hosts as they spun a web around the Australian batsmen, leading to a collapse. With the Aussies losing their wickets in ploys and heaps, the hosts were left chasing a modest target to take an aggressive lead in the series.
India made a six-wicket comeback at home to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Rameez Raja praised captain Rohit Sharma and his entire team in a video on his YouTube channel. He singled out Jadeja for special praise for his stupendous effort with the ball in both the innings.
The former PCB chairman also mentioned all-rounder Axar Patel, whose invaluable 74 helped India recover from a poor first innings situation.
Akshar Patel had the decisive knock in the first innings. He stitched a crucial partnership with Ashwin at a time when Australia would have entertained hopes of getting India out for a low score and taking a big lead. Australia did not display the required mental toughness. He has the technical flaws to thrive on these surfaces and clearly in his batting. His batting against spin left a lot to be desired. He played the wrong shots,” said Raja.
The former Pakistan captain criticized Australia for failing to counter spin in both the innings.
“Australia will do to sub-continent teams in Perth or Brisbane what India did to them in Delhi. The tables have turned. It shows Australia prepared well for the series No. It is impossible to beat Team India.” in India. It was a typical performance against spin. He lost 9 wickets in a single session. An exceptional bowling effort by Jadeja,” said the former Pakistan captain.
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing series, India have taken a giant leap to seal their place in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).
After conceding the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the visitors would play in the remaining two Tests to level the series.
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