As India and Australia drew the fourth Test, the hosts successfully defended the Border Gavaskar Trophy by winning the series 2-1. India came into the game with the goal of winning, as captain Rohit Sharma demonstrated his skill by hitting a century in the opening Test in Nagpur. The series then saw Ravindra Jadeja produce match-winning performances with both the bat and the ball, helping India win the first two games.
But India suffered a blow when they lost the third game, the fourth game saw four players smash hundreds. After Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green produced hundreds in the first innings for Australia, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli struck centuries in the second innings to help India tie the game.
Nevertheless, one of the primary reasons for India’s first two victories was the spin bowling trio, which included Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel. The work was mostly handled by Jadeja and Ashwin, who created havoc with the ball and continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals to demolish Australia’s batting order.
When questioned about the duo’s future at the post-match news conference on Monday, the Indian skipper was blunt. Yet, he lavished praise on the two, referring to them as one of the team’s finest assets in the previous 10 years.
“Honestly, I don’t know whether they’ll be around, but I’ll be around” (laughs). Yet, four years is a long time. I mean, I hope they remain and play a lot of cricket for India for the good of Indian cricket. They are both marathon players for us. They know just how to do the task. You give them the ball, and they bring you those breakthroughs, especially in this area of the globe. They get you important runs with the bat. “They’re really key players for us,” Rohit remarked.