History certainly remembers the most valiant efforts and it is no surprise that the feat by the Indian team at Gabba earlier this year would be talked about for many generations. Not only the Indian, but even the Australian fans praised heaps on the touring Indian side.
The Indian test series win in 2018 – 2019 was also special but the home side was without the services of David Warner and Steve Smith. The Indian side in the 2020 – 2021 tour was no less than a B team as most of their regular players were injured and Virat Kohli was not with the team as he was expecting the arrival of his daughter in India.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, Brad Hogg, who was doing the analysis of the England Australia 1st Ashes test was asked by a user “India is the only team to win at the Gabba in 33 years, despite losing wickets at regular intervals they didn’t collapse. Does this make PANT’s innings of 89 not out one of the best”
Brad replied, “Look, I think Pant’s innings at the gabba was one of the best test innings under pressure I have ever seen. It was fantastic. It was brilliant and it just annihilated the Australian attack”
Hogg continued that the counter-attack innings by Joe Root and David Malan in the first Ashes test was brilliant too.
“But Pant, the way he annihlated Australia, took the game home with that 89 not out is probably better than those two (Root and Malan innings) but probably the best innings that we have seen out at the Gabba from a touring team because he won it of his own batting for them”
We all see what happened to the English batsman on Day 4. The side collapsed and lost 8 wickets for 77 runs. India, on the other hand was under immense pressure on Day 5, chasing a target of 328 runs and lost Rohit Sharma early. The foundation of the fight was then laid by Shubhman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara with contributions from Rahane until Rishab Pant came and scored 89 not out with 9 fours and one six taking India to a memorable victory and series win.
This was the first time Australia lost a Gabba match in 33 years. The victory was also special as the Australian team and media were taunting the Indian players for avoiding Gabba behind the mask of Covid reason. The sledge from Tim Paine “See you at the Gabba” to RaviChandran Ashin backfired eventually.