The first test match in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 was one of the close matches played in Australia so far. India created history at the Adelaide Oval as they beat Australia by 31 runs in the first Test of the ongoing four-match series. With this win, Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test match in England, South Africa and Australia.

It was a complete team performance by the Indians as they had the Australians under pressure throughout after getting off to a disastrous start on day 1. But the Australian tail-enders were remarkable as they made India sweat till the last over of tea. So here we look upon the performances of Indian players

#1 K. L. Rahul

Review score: 3/10

He had a wonderful chance to prove himself and seal a spot in the team but he didn’t seem confident upon his shots. He scored a total of 46 in the two innings he played. He scored 44 runs in the second innings which was crucial to boost up the scorecard. Although he made the finishing touch to this game by taking the crucial catch of Hazlewood, but truly speaking he failed to impress the selectors in this test match.

#2 Murali Vijay

Review score: 2/10

He continued his bad form in both the innings of the first test match. He hadn’t had stable footwork and threw away his wicket to the Aussies. He scored a total of 29 runs in this match. He bowled a few overs and slowed down the rate even lower than the moving run rate. But it’s a doubt that he will be selected for the second game at Perth.

#3 Cheteshwar Pujara

Review score: 9/10

He was the most vital player to the team in this match. He top scored in both the innings for India in this test match. He proved that he can deliver in Overseas too. He scored 123 runs in the first innings in a tough batting pitch and gave the team stability to move on. This was one of his finest knocks overseas. In the second innings, he had a brilliant partnership with Rahane and scored 71 runs which proved to be the difference between the two sides.

 #4 Virat Kohli

Review score:3/10

He didn’t perform with the bat in this match He played more casual shots that he never used to be like that before in the first innings. But in the second innings, he joined hands with Pujara and built up a small partnership. He scored a total of 37 runs. But his choice of bowlers was exquisite in the perfect moments of the game.

#5 Ajinkya Rahane

Review score: 7/10

Although he played terrible shots in the first innings, he made sure that the team crosses the lead over 300 in the second innings by scoring a magnificent 70 which added more runs to the scorecard. He came in at number 5 and had a stunning partnership with Pujara to increase the lead. His role was also vital in this match.

 #6 Rohit Sharma

Review score: 3/10

He is still a limited overs cricketer in the 5-day format. He looked imperious in the first innings by quickly scoring 37 runs and threw away his wicket just like that by attempting the same type of shot as he did for the previous ball. He could have selected certain balls to hit but he didn’t stay calm and started his hitting job from the beginning of the innings. In the second innings, Handscomb pulled off a blinder to dismiss Rohit Sharma for 1.

#7 Rishabh Pant

Review score: 5/10

He was the second Rohit Sharma of the team. He went too adventurous in his shots. He started hitting from the first ball of both the innings. He scored a total of 53 runs in this match. But he was solid behind the stumps as he took 11 catches in total in the match to equal the world record number of catches in a test match.

#8 Ravichandran Ashwin

Review score: 7/10

The only veteran spinner in the team proved his need in the team. He feasted on the lefties throughout the match. He took a total of 6 wickets out of which 5 were lefties. He took the long-waited wicket of Hazlewood in the last ball before tea to gift India victory over the Aussies. He bowled a marathon spell of 52 overs in the second innings at a bowling average of 24.83.

#9 Ishant Sharma

Review score: 6/10

Although he didn’t bowl many overs as compared to the other bowlers, he produced some instability to the Australian lineup. He bowled out Aaron Finch completely in the first innings and knocked off Travis Head with a ripper in the second. He has a bowling average of 31.66 in this test match. But two deliveries that should have been a wicket was denied by his overstepping.

#10 Mohammed Shami

Review score: 7/10

He provided the major breakthroughs in both the innings. He picked up the tails in the first innings. And provided crucial blows by taking wickets of Harris, Handscomb and Starc in the second innings. He took 5 wickets in total.

 #11 Jasprit Bumrah

Review score: 9/10

He was the consistent wicket-taker of the bowling line up. He provided with wickets at timed intervals. He took a total of 6 wickets with important wickets of Marsh, Tim Paine, and Pat Cummins. He had stifling pace and accuracy in his bowling skills. He troubled the Australian line up throughout the match.

Living up to the expectations of the fans, the first Test between India and Australia saw a true example of how 5-day cricket should be played. Although Australia displayed a determined show, India being the better side emerged victorious by 31 runs.

After how the first day had played out, it didn’t really seem that something like the end result would be the order of the day. India beat Australia soundly after a pretty close fight between the two teams.

It is slowly becoming evident that the Aussies are in a massive spot of bother ever since they’ve lost the services of Steven Smith and David Warner and on many occasions it was tough to recognize the team as an “Australian” team and is a very pale shadow of the mighty teams that have donned the baggy green in the past.