Ravichandran Ashwin's 25th five-wicket haul and a cracked and uneven pitch propelled India to a series-leveling, 75-run win on Tuesday after Australia's batting lineup capitulated chasing a victory target of 188 in the second test.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were praise by skipper Virat Kohli for their ‘championship partnership’ while Ashwin snared a match-winning 6/41 and KL Rahul was adjudged the man-of-the-match.
However, there were two players who Nishant Arora feels have really emerged as important members of the team for Virat Kohli: Wriddhiman Saha and Umesh Yadav.
Nishant AroraWriddhiman Saha is the most disciplined and the most silent cricketer in the Indian dressing room. Normally keepers are very chirpy. They keep talking. Their job is to keep everyone happy, energetic but Wriddhi is very different. He remains to himself. But more often than not, when you ask him to do a job - he will do it for you. Just before India started the new year with the Test series against Bangladesh, Saha was under tremendous pressure. He lost his place due to injury. Parthiv Patel made the most of that opportunity. He got runs, got a 100 but Saha responded brilliantly. He won the game for ‘Rest of India’ against Gujarat. He is one of the best keepers in the country, against spinners even more.