A bowler down with Umesh Yadav sent for scans on an injured calf Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane said the second Test was “not over” despite another dominant day at the MCG.
Rahane, who set up what looms as a big Indian victory to mirror their 2018 triumph with a century, praised the responsibility his bowlers took after Yadav was forced from the field after just 3.3 overs.
First-gamer Mohammed Siraj completed Yadav’s fourth over before removing Travis Head with the first ball of his second spell to put Australia in a tailspin.
Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 34 runs in his 17 pinpoint overs and with two wickets from Ravindra Jadeja, after he made a half century with the bat, the four man attack proved up to the task.
“But we’ve got four wickets to go, the game is not over,” Rahane said, with his team a $1.06 TAB chance to win.
“We have to come out strong, bowl in the right areas and get the victory.”
Rahane said his century, his second at the MCG, was “really special” after taking over the captaincy from Virat Kohli, but still rated it behind a hundred he scored at Lord’s.
The stand-in skipper also praised the runs scored by Jadeja, who ran his captain out, but then refocused after some positive reinforcement.
“Initially I thought I was in but when I saw I was just short I told him “don’t worry about it’,” Rahane, who spoke to Jadeja before he left the MCG, told Fox Cricket.
“I told him to carry on and his innings was really important.
“That happens in cricket, you have to move forward, keep positive and be strong.”
The Indians will likely have to dig in to their bowling depth for the third Test however, pending the results of the scans to Yadav who “complained of pain in his calf” and will be assessed by the BCCI medical team.