India vs Australia: “Saving every penny” – Harsha Bhogle compares India’s performance to a middle-class family


India vs Australia: “Saving every penny” – Harsha Bhogle compares India’s performance to a middle-class family

Harsha Bhogle

Ajinkya Rahane

India produced a strong performance on Day 2 of the second Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to get their noses in front. Beginning the day trailing by 159 runs and on 36/1, India began steadily with Shubman Gill looking lively and Cheteshwar Pujara assured as ever. But after their dismissals, the star of the show was stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane who came in at No. 4.

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Rahane stitched together good partnerships with Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant and finally, Ravindra Jadeja. In the process, he got to his second hundred at the MCG. Jadeja remained unbeaten on 40 while Rahane was on 104* when stumps were called. India’s lead read 82 and with 5 wickets in the bag, India are clearly in a position of great promise.

Harsha Bhogle draws analogy between India and a middle-class family

Reviewing the day’s plan on Cricbuzz, Indian commentator and analyst, Harsha Bhogle compared India’s performance on Day 2 to a typical Indian middle-class family. He said, “This performance was very much like an Indian middle-class family. Being recognized very often for what they don’t have and yet eking out and saving every penny and then buying their own house. It reminded me so much of that because we’ve been through that.”

“You looked at this match saying, no Virat Kohli. No Ishant Sharma. No Mohammed Shami. 36. It looked like India were strangled. They were encircled with limitations and things they weren’t. This wasn’t, ‘I’ll sock you in the face with my talent’ kind of day. It was ‘I’ll try and make an honest effort’ and that is why this day was remarkable. It hasn’t won India the game but it has allowed the middle-class family to think of better times. It was very satisfying,” he added.

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India will hope they can ‘eke out’ more runs on Day 3 to put pressure on Australia and clinch a series-levelling win.

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