It was always likely to be a close test series between India and Australia. The Aussies have been weakened by the loss of David Warner and Steve Smith and India’s batsmen were expected to do well. On the other hand, Australia’s bowling attack was still hailed as a little bit better than India’s, especially on their own turf. However, India managed to win the first test by a close margin of 31 runs. So here are the three things we learned from India’s narrow win over Australia in the first test:
1) Powerful Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the Indian team for a while during the test series in England. This came as a huge surprise to fans who expect the elegant right hander to be a part of the team in all tests, especially overseas. So there was a bit of doubt as to whether he would play the first test here in Adelaide. But he played. And how! In both the innings he was the top scorer and his first innings century was truly sublime. In the end, he was the difference between the two sides!
2) Keeping Your Head
Travis Head has always been seen as a limited overs specialist. But in this test he proved that he can be equally good in the longer format. He played a wonderful knock for the Aussies in both innings. He was the only Australian batsman who looked comfortable on the crease in both the innings. He seemed untroubled by pace as well as spin and if the Aussies have to get something out of this series, he will have to play a major role.
3) Amazing Ashwin
There is nothing new in the fact that Ashwin is a great bowler. However, to do it in Adelaide against the Aussies is quite something. He bowled superbly well in both innings and provided India with crucial breakthroughs. This was not quite a spinner’s paradise, and yet Ashwin was a persistent threat. This shows what a great bowler he is.
To sum up, India played well and made sure that the Aussies head to Perth one down. However, the grit of the Aussies should never be underestimated and they are likely to mount a challenge. This will be a close series and that is great news for the fans!