I don’t know how to describe this, but our boys showed a lot of character and determination after the Adelaide Test,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation.
“I’m really proud of each and every individual,” he added.Rahane further praised the young India players — Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.
Siraj, in the final Test, registered his maiden five-wicket haul and ended as India’s leading wicket-taker in the series with 13 scalps.
Sundar had an incredible debut as he scalped four wickets and scored 84 runs throughout the course of the match. Thakur, playing just his second Test match, picked seven wickets and scored 69 runs. The trio played a significant role in India’s historic win at The Gabba.
“Taking 20 wickets was the key, so we opted for five bowlers. Sundar brought the balance in place of Jadeja,” said Rahane while revealing that the team always wanted to play with five bowlers.
“The intention was clear to play five bowlers. Siraj played two Tests, Saini just one, so it was inexperienced but the character shown by the bowlers and everyone else was incredible,” Rahane added.