India coach Ravi Shastri termed the team’s eight-wicket win over Australia on Tuesday as one of the great comebacks of all time.
Despite missing superstar Virat Kohli, the Indians outplayed the hosts in Melbourne to silence their critics after being dismissed for 36 in Adelaide on their way to an eight-wicket defeat.
“I think this will go down in the annals of Indian cricket, world cricket, as one of the great comebacks in the history of the game,” said Shastri after they levelled the series 1-1.
“To be rolled over for 36, then three days later to get up and be ready to punch was outstanding. I think the boys deserve all the credit for showing real character.”
Shastri said both Siraj and Gill had big futures ahead.
“These two debutants showed a maturity and flair and discipline and it was great to see,” he said.
“Today Siraj, his effort was outstanding. He might not have the numbers to show for it, but the discipline and the ability to bowl long spells was outstanding. More than anything, they have shown great character.”
Shastri paid particular tribute to Rahane, who in contrast to Kohli is a less flamboyant captain, but equally effective.
“He is a very shrewd leader, he has a good understanding of the game, he’s a good reader of the game,” he said. “And I thought his calm composure out there in the middle, it helped the debutants and I think it helped the bowlers as well. It was a calming influence.”