Twitter Reactions: India makes an epic comeback against Australia to win the Boxing Day Test

India beat Australia by 8 wickets

After losing the first Test in Adelaide, followed by Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami’s absence ahead of the Boxing Day Test, things were pretty difficult for India to bounce back in the 4-match Test series.

However, the Ajinkya Rahane and Co. held their nerves and did the impossible by handing an 8-wicket defeat to Australia in the second Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Tuesday.

The Day 4 began with Australia at 133/6, and the hosts added 67 more runs before being bundled out on 200.

In reply, India lost two wickets in the form of Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (3). But Shubman Gill (35 not out) and Rahane (27 not out) made sure the visitors lose no more wickets. The duo took their side over the finish line.

With the victory at MCG, Rahane became the second Indian captain to win each of his first three Tests as captain after MS Dhoni.

Rahane as skipper:

Beat Australia by 8 wickets, Dharamsala 2016/17
Beat Afghanistan by innings & 262 runs, Bengaluru 2018
Beat Australia by 8 wickets, Melbourne 2020/21 *

Here is how Twitter reacted:

What a win this is, absolutely amazing effort by the whole team. Couldn’t be happier for the boys and specially Jinks who led the team to victory amazingly. Onwards and upwards from here 💪🇮🇳

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 29, 2020

Lot of positives from this win. Rahane led the side brilliantly, bowlers were relentless but the biggest positive is the performance of two debutants. Both of them were confident and not overawed by the big occasion. Strength of Indian cricket is their strong bench strength.

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 29, 2020

The Player of the Match and the inaugural winner of the Mullagh Medal is India’s captain Ajinkya Rahane! #AUSvIND

— (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2020

Well done team India @BCCI. Never underestimate a wounded tiger 😉#AUSvIND

— DK (@DineshKarthik) December 29, 2020

Rahane scoring the winning run for team India: how fitting! A historic win. A great match to watch. 🇮🇳🇦🇺 #AUSvIND

— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 29, 2020

The winning moment for India, captain @ajinkyarahane88 aptly playing the winning shot & the entire Indian contingent including all coaches & reserve players in the dugout cheering on #AusvIND

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 29, 2020

1-1 with 2 to play! This should always be known as Rahane’s match #AusvInd

— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 29, 2020

Rahane’s the best captaincy performance I’ve seen in my time watching Test cricket at the MCG. Superb on every day of the match. #AUSvIND

— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) December 29, 2020

Huge win for India. So impressed by the bounce back from Adelaide. The debutants Gill & Siraj. Rahane up a gear with the bat, and as a leader. 👏🏽👏🏽

1-1, we’re in for one hell of a series! @7Cricket #AUSvIND

— Trent Copeland (@copes9) December 29, 2020

Ten days after being dismissed for 36 in Adelaide, India win the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne by 8 wickets to level the series 1-1. It’s the least they deserved after taking the honours on six of the seven days played. #AUSvIND

— Andrew Wu (@wutube) December 29, 2020

Huge congratulations to India. 1-1 what a series we have! Brilliant @ajinkyarahane88 and congrats to Gill and Siraj on wonderful debuts #AUSvIND

— Isa Guha (@isaguha) December 29, 2020

A really special win at the MCG. Great Determination and great character. Rahane led from the fron,the bowlers were terrific and Gill is chill.

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 29, 2020

India’s Test Wins in Australia

1977 won by 222 runs, Melbourne1978 won inngs & 2 runs, Sydney1981 won by 59 runs, Melbourne2003 won by 4 wickets, Adelaide2008 won by 72 runs, Perth2018 won by 31 runs, Adelaide2018 won by 137 runs, Melbourne2020 won by 8 wickets, Melbourne

— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) December 29, 2020

Big day for Indian cricket.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 29, 2020

India winning the test at MCG against all odds.😊 #INDvAUS #AUSvIND

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 29, 2020

Most wins for India at an overseas venue

4 MCG, Melbourne (14 Tests)3 Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain (13 Tests)3 Sabina Park, Kingston (13 Tests)3 SSC, Colombo (9 Tests)#AusAvIND

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 29, 2020

Indians to win each of their first three matches as captain in Test cricket:

MS Dhoni (Won his first four)AJINKYA RAHANE

Ajinkya Rahane is also the first Indian captain to score a Test century on Australian soil in winning cause! #AUSvIND

— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 29, 2020

Test wins at the MCG this century:

Australia – 15India – 2England – 1South Africa – 1#AUSvIND

— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) December 29, 2020

2020 ends on a high for team India. Brilliant bounce back despite missing key players. Hats off! #AUSvIND

— cricBC (@cricBC) December 29, 2020

And that’s it. Well played the entire team. Missing 5 players. Virat Ishant Rohit Shami Umesh. This is a team sport and everyone rallied. @ajinkyarahane88 @ashwinravi99 @Jaspritbumrah93 the leadership group stepped up. Siraj and Gill great debuts. 1-1 all to play in 2021.

— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 29, 2020

No Virat. No Rohit. No Ishant. No Shami. Umesh injured. And in the backdrop of that 36, this will be as good a win as any. #IndvsAus #MCGTest

— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 29, 2020


— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 29, 2020

India too good at the G 🏏👍Great pitch produced 🎯Aussies batsman didn’t raise the bat in either inningsIndia’s inclusions all contributed👏#SeriesLevel#AusvInd

— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) December 29, 2020

Dravid in Adelaide 2003 – 233 & 72*Rahane in Melbourne 2020 – 112 & 27*

Both hit the winning run, What a coincidence.

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 29, 2020

Why MCG win is one of India’s finest Test wins

Came after Adelaide loss where India were bowled out for 36

No Kohli. Injuries to Shami,Ishant

Rahane led from the front with his captaincy & batting

Debutants Gill & Siraj were impressive

Ashwin-Jadeja were amazing

— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) December 29, 2020

Coming from 36 all out. No Kohli, Rohit, Shami & Ishant for the Second Test. Defeating Aussies in their frontier. Well led @ajinkyarahane88. Take a bow Team India. A memorable TEST victory to sign off 2020 #AUSvIND

— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) December 29, 2020

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