During the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, India showed outstanding composure and discipline to get back on level terms. After a disastrous collapse in just the previous match at Adelaide, the Men in Blue pulled off an upset when they beat Australia to restore parity to the series at 1-1. While Ajinkya Rahane attracted most of the plaudits for his show with the bat, the bowling unit, including spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin, has been extremely efficient and has been consistent in the Test series so far.
India missed the services of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami at the MCG, due to injuries. However, the visitors didn’t let that affect their on-field display and debutant Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were on fire during the match. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as usual were key in the middle overs and terrorised the Aussie batsmen.
Opening batsman Matthew Wade was all praise for the spin department of India and lauded the way they bowled in Melbourne.
“I think Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have bowled terrifically well, especially in Melbourne there was more spin and bounce, we did not expect it to come into play as it did, we did not adapt quick enough to that wicket.”
Speaking about Steve Smith, who endured a tough time against Ravi Ashwin in the series, Matthew believes Smith will not take long to bounce back. “Steve has played against Ashwin plenty of times before this, Smith has been successful over here and I am sure he will be fine, no problems at all. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are a difficult spin duo, they are very consistent and we need to find a way, that’s the nature of the beast,” Matthew Wade said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Asked whether he was insecure about his position, now that David Warner and Will Pucovski have been added to the squad, Wade replied, “I have really enjoyed batting as an opener, I did not know what to expect going into the pink-ball Test, it’s not that different, you have to be cautious early, moving forward if the selectors want me to do this role, then I am comfortable doing it now.
“Will Pucovski has come back to the squad, I don’t know right now where I will bat, whether I play or not, who knows. I will prepare for where I have been batting, if I slide down the order, then also I am comfortable.
“Justin (Langer) spoke to me, asking me if I was comfortable in opening the batting, I thought it as an opportunity to be a versatile player and bat anywhere ranging from the number one spot to number seven, I saw it as a positive opportunity. My spot has been speculated for ten years now, and I am used to it now,” Wade concluded.