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Mumbai: India’s exceptional showing in the fourth and the last test against Australia has stunned the visitors. On the day one of the match, it were the Aussies who looked in command. At one point on the first day, they were batting at 140 and had lost merely a single wicket. But the same team was bundled out for a mere 300 runs later.
And on the fourth day of the test, the hosts needed less than 90 runs to wrap up the series and win an important series against the fearsome Australians who used to be unbeatable even on away turfs.
There is no denying that the entire series, except the fourth test, was tough for the hosts. They lost the first test, tied the second, won the third one and then went on to win the decider. While the team won, it certainly won in style.
After the exceptional win, even a reticent coach like Anil Kumble, didn’t had to search for words. He called the victory a fantastic one. The Indian cricket coach went on to add, “We spoke about it that we will take one series at a time, one match at a time, one session at a time. To come back from 1-0 down, when you could see there were tired bodies around, it was brilliant. Rahane led the team brilliantly after losing the toss. The fast bowlers throughout the season have bowled brilliantly. The positives have been adapting to conditions”.
He was all praise for his boys. “We have had almost 25 players starting from West Indies. All 25 have stood up in different conditions. Even the new home venues, we didn’t know how those pitches would behave. Everybody put his hand up. The one area we need to improve is catching. Jaddu was brilliant through the season. He has always been in the shadows, but he has now come out of it. With this kind of line-up, with the lower-order contributions, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win abroad” said Kumble.
While almost every player contributed with either bat or the ball, the man who scripted the change in the final test was none other than Kuldeep Yadav. The boy from Kanpur, who made his test debut for the Indian team, actually turned the series deciding fourth test against the visting Australian side on its head with four very important wickets. Without his contribution, and lack of Aussies exposure to his bowling helped the hosts to take the match away from them and eventually win it by eight wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav is the first-ever chinaman bowler from India to play in test match. A report says, “A chinaman bowler is basically aleft arm wrist spinner who turns the ball from off to leg to a right handed batsman, as opposed to the more conventional left-arm orthodox who turns it from leg to off. The term was coined when Ellis Achong from West Indies bowled in this way in 1930s against England. Due to his Chinese ancestry, the style of bowling came to be called chinaman.