Celebrate? But how, coach Shastri?
Unlike their Australia or England counterparts, Team India players seem to need a nod from their coach to celebrate a record-breaking victory, hence this speech, video above, by coach Ravi Shastri that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has posted on its site.
Most of the current India players though seem to be teetotalers. There could be few exceptions such as the boisterous bachelors. However, even they'd have difficulty celebrating with "a little bit of the bubbly" (did Chris Jericho make this phrase famous?).
Fans Are Asking Where's Their Nattu?
The BCCI announced the India squad to play the first two Tests against the visiting England team led by Joe Root.
This team does not have major surprises and includes regular captain Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma's return to the team.
The BCCI advisory says, the team is as follows: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur
The Committee also picked five net bowlers and five players as standbys.
Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar
Standby players: K S Bharat, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal
There are several fans who immediately noticed the absence of Thangarasu Natarajan's name. The left armer progressed from a net bowler to India debutant in less than two months, from Canberra to Brisbane.
He made his ODI debut on 2nd Dec 2020, T20 debut two days later and Test debut on 15th Jan, 2021.
The present BCCI administration is known to nurture players and monitor their progress regularly. However, the cricket body would have been lauded for their professionalism had they also clarified the fate of Natarajan, especially after his 3 for 78 contribution in India's record win at the Gabba.
When Will These Veterans Retire?
You'd be a little confused to see the inclusion of Wriddhiman Saha's name in the list announced for the first two Tests against England.
Saha, originally the preferred Test wicket-keeper, was replaced by Pant in Sydney. Since then, Pant has sealed his authority over that prime position.
Was Paineful Riposte Needed From Ashwin?
Good evening from Gabba!! I am sorry I couldn’t play here but thanks for hosting us and playing some hard cricket during these tough times. We will remember this series forever! @tdpaine36 @CricketAus— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 19, 2021
SEE YOU AT THE GABBA MATE.— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) January 19, 2021
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Coach Shastri and Rahane are saying they did not send any instruction to Pant when he was batting out in the middle.
TV commentators were discussing the animated messages being passed to Pant by Saha and Prithvi Shaw, who took turns to run to the crease as drinks carrying men.
Pant's own admission suggests he went for the win because he has been told by the team management that he's a match winner.
Hardik, Ishant under scrutiny
The manner with which Shardul Thakur batted and bowled and the hunger shown by Mohammed Siraj has opened the return of allrounder Hardik Pandya and pace spearhead Ishant Sharma to scrutiny.
Although both, Hardik and Ishant have won matches for India, they will still have to show the spunk with which Shardul and Siraj, both rookies, played with in Australia.
They'll have to get their 'A' Game to the field against England.
Last hour of the last day of the last test. Test series for the ages. Congrats to Team India!— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) January 19, 2021
One of the greatest test series wins ever. Congrats India and well played Australia, what a series #INDvsAUS— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 19, 2021