The Indian Cricket Team bounced back strongly from Adelaide Test to defeat Australia by eight wickets in Melbourne. India were humiliated in the second innings and were bowled out on mere 36, which led to a huge eight wicket defeat. Australian pacers were made to toil hard by Indian batsmen, especially skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who scored his 12th century. Along with Rahane, debutant Shubman Gill was the chief destroyer, scoring 80 runs across two innings. The cricket world was fascinated by the talent Gill possessed and was in awe of his batting. Read more – Australia fined 40% of match fee; Four WTC points deducted for slow over rate
Australian pacer Pat Cummins was highly impressed by Gill, who also happens to be his KKR team-mate and praised the young man for his performance with the bat. "Shuby (Gill) looked good in his first Test. He is quite a calm character. Looks like, similar way he wants to play, wants to take the game on, which as a bowler provides opportunities, some days it will come off, some days it won’t," Cummins said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
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Cummins had anticipated that India will come a bit harder at them in Melbourne, but was taken aback as India came all guns blazing. he said, "Any side, once they have a big loss, you know they are going to come back little-bit harder. Everyone’s incredibly proud when you are playing at this level, so no real surprise that they (India) came out really hard. They bowled and batted really well in this game and were absolutely up for the fight so we need to assess that ahead of the next game and make sure that we can combat that."
India's premier batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed by Pat Cummins thrice in two Tests and numerous people called him Cummins' bunny. However, Cummins insisted that he hasn't devised any plans for Pujara. "The reality is I don’t really know, just try and ball good balls, make a decision whether to play or leave it and just try and do it as long as we can. Fortunately, it has come off so far pretty early in his innings. There is nothing drastically changed and we are just going to try and concentrate on what we do well for a longer and so far, it has worked. I’ll be lying if I say we have got this grand plan that we have changed," Cummins said.
Both the teams will now stay in Melbourne and practice for a couple of days before heading to Syndey for the third Test, starting January 7.