Michael Vaughan lauds India’s comeback and praises Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy

Michael Vaughan

Even during Day 3 of the second Test between India and Australia, the visitors managed to assert their dominance over the hosts. Ajinkya Rahane, who had just completed his century on the second day and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease, but due to a miscommunication between the pair, the interim captain was unfortunately run-out. Ravindra Jadeja seemed anxious to get to his 50 as soon as possible, which caused the run-out. However, he did get to his half-century but soon after his dismissal, India was cleaned up for 326 runs, ending their first innings.

India’s comeback after the debacle at Adelaide where they were bowled out for just 36 runs made former England captain Michael Vaughan laud the effort put in by the Men in Blue. Despite being the underdogs going into the game, India had bounced back strongly and had given a great account of their character. He also criticised the frailties in the Aussie batting order, suggesting that Steve Smith not turning up exposes the flaws in the rest of the unit. The 2005 Ashes-winning captain also praised the captaincy of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane.

“Humble pie for Breakfast … !!! Love the underdog proving people wrong. Also shows once again if Steve Smith struggles with the Bat, this Aussie Batting team is very average … @ajinkyarahane88 captaincy has been magnificent btw … #OnOn #AUSvIND,” tweeted Michael Vaughan.

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Indian bowlers managed to restrict Australian to just 195 runs in the first innings, thanks to some magnificent bowling by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin. Even in the second innings, Australian top order and middle order were threatened by the Indian outfit. By the end of Day 3, Australia had lost six wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah had taken care of the threat of Steve Smith and castled his bails. Ravi Ashwin, Mohammad Siraj and Umesh Yadav have each picked out a wicket while Ravindra Jadeja got rid of Tim Paine and Matthew Wade. Australia currently have a lead of 2 runs and Cameron Green and Pat Cummins are on the crease.


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