Standout Performers for India in the Third Test: A result befitting of bringing a successful 2018 to a culmination for the Indian cricket team saw them rout Australia at the Melbourne cricket ground. Trouncing the opposition with such ease and comfort that left Indian supporters overjoyed and jubilant, India was at their scintillating best. The side has proved that it is one of the most dangerous units prevalent in international cricket at the moment, complete with a batting and bowling line-up that most sides would die for.
A well-rounded effort was the highlight of this impressive Indian victory. Taking a 2-1 lead in the series, India now has in their kitty a win that sees them retain the exclusive and showpiece trophy. Analyzing India’s win, we take a look at the standout performers for India in the third test.
Standout Performers for India in the third Test
- Jasprit Bumrah
Carving a niche for himself on the international stage, Jasprit Bumrah has taken no time in establishing himself as India’s front-line pacer. He has taken centre stage for India in the current series, leading the pace attack so immaculately and with a fervour that has bolstered this bowling unit, making them one of the most intimidating ones in the cricketing fraternity.
Bumrah was the chief orchestrators of Australia’s capitulation in the first innings. What caught the eye was the way he bowled, changing his line and length as per the batsman and situation of the game. Bumrah, armed with a perfect yorker, a 100% precise line, length and rippers of deliveries saw him smash the ball into the batsmen at a consistent stinging pace of 140km/h.
His 9 wicket bag saw him win the man of the match award and with it also register 48 wickets in 2018, the highest of any bowler in the world in test cricket.
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Jasprit Bumrah, “It is a great feeling! Be it boxing day, be it any other day, I always wanted to play Test cricket and I made my debut against South Africa in January this year. I am really happy to contribute to the team’s success. We train very hard and we are used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji cricket, so the body is doing well. My focus is on the next Test. It was always a dream to play Test cricket and was really happy when I was in South Africa. The start has been good, hopefully, I will keep getting better.”
- Virat Kohli
Scrumptious with the bat and precise with his decision making as a captain, Kohli showcased his immense skill set of a player in the third test. His 82 in the first innings saw him hold the fort with Pujara and stitch together a 170 run match-winning partnership for India. It was a glamorous inning, one that saw him pull, hook, cut and drive in only a manner he can, taking on the entire Australian batting line-up at will.
On the field his tactics were flawless. He was immaculate in his strategies, ringing in the right bowling and fielding changes to thwart Australia’s bid to come back into the match. He has been a delight to watch this year and has shown that Indian cricket is in good hands with him at the helm.
Virat Kohli, “This will give us more confidence and we will play more positively in Sydney. We want to win the last Test match as well if an opportunity comes our way. We don’t want to be complacent now. It’s a good thing that I don’t read any comments. We were pretty clear that we will bat third on this pitch, as the pitch was only getting worse. We have to play good cricket to be in the position right now. We have never been in this position and now is the time to express even more.”
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- Cheteshwar Pujara
Outstanding with the bat once again, Pujara played a test innings that was reminiscent of a true test batsman. Watching Pujara play always leaves us baffled with the amount of patience he has as a sportsperson, something that is the true virtue of successful test batsmen.
Reaching his 17th century, there was no way that the Australian bowling unit could dismiss him. Pujara has taken the accountability of grinding out determined innings ever since the start of this series, showing immense application and concentration to put a massive prize on his wicket. His shot selection gives nothing away as he keeps churning out the runs. He pulled headlines this innings, as he swayed back in the crease to get to the pitch of the ball and punch it through the offside region.