Photos: ‘It’s a great feeling to beat Australia’

As India completed a sensational come-from-behind win in the second Test in Bangalore, all the principal participants agreed that they had been part of an intriguing game of cricket. Here’s what they had to say:

Steven Smith (Australia captain): “Great Test match. Certainly ebbed and flowed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren’t up for it today. The series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi.”

Virat Kohli (India captain): “After losing the first Test the way we did, we wanted to bounce back and not show anyone but ourselves what we are made of. They showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now.”

KL Rahul (Man of the Match, 90 & 51): “There is no better place for me to perform. I have played all my cricket here. I told them if we get 150 lead we will win by 30 runs. We knew the third day was the best day to bat on, and the approach from us was brilliant. Now that we have won, all the disappointment is gone. My shoulder gets quite sore, I can’t dive, and I have to restrict a couple of shots. It is not such a bad thing. I can bat within myself. I am enjoying batting with the problem.”

R Ashwin (2/84 & 6/41): “It was not coming out of the hand all right. I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down. We just spoke inside the dressing room to bowl some short spells and keep changing over. That is why we were rotating so we could attack through such short balls.”

Umesh Yadav (1/57 & 2/30): “We were just trying to hit the deck hard. We knew from where the ball was keeping up and down. Every time we were trying to hit the wickets. Always a pleasure playing with Ishant. He gives me ideas on how to bowl.”

Ajinkya Rahane (17 & 52): “We were not thinking too far ahead. We knew 200 would be tough to get on this pitch. We wanted to unsettle the spinners. We wanted to dominate, not through boundaries, but through singles.”

Cheteshwar Pujara (17 & 92): “It is a great feeling to beat Australia. The way we were so far behind, it is a great satisfaction. We just wanted a partnership. The balls were staying low. The way Nathan Lyon bowled in the first innings, we needed a Plan B, and we had it. Anything over 200 was almost impossible here. Once we crossed 150, we were confident.”

Source:Yahoo Cricket


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