With the dismissal of Broad, Ashwin became the only bowler in Test cricket history to have dismissed 200 left-handed batsmen, a milestone he reached only a month after surpassing Muttiah Muralitharan to take the top spot on the elusive list.
he odds, like in Gabba a few weeks back, are stacked against the Indian team, who unlike the previous Test, have their first-choice team available to aim for rewriting history.
After 17 Test appearances since his debut, on January 5, 2018, all of which were away from home, Bumrah on Friday will make his home Test debut, a record in itself.
India have a few selection headaches to take care of ahead of their four-match Test series against England, starting from February 5 in Chennai.
England wrapped up a 2-0 cleansweep over a beleaguered Sri Lankan side in Galle with Root returning to his ominous best, but the victory failed to overshadowed the follies called out in the England batting lineup by the Sri Lankan spinners, primarily their vulnerability against left-arm spin.
The recent win does make India the outright favourites, but England too are heading into the contest on the back of a 2-0 cleansweep in Sri Lanka with their skipper Joe Root in destructive form.
With the 2-0 win, England are now the most successful visiting team in Sri Lanka and have equalled India's tally for most matches won by a visiting team in Sri Lanka.
Be it the leg-side ploy or the introducing as many left-handed batsmen in the lineup, it was Shastri's tactical decisions that helped India bounce back from 36 all-out to the Border-Gavaskar series win in Australia.
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History and conditions stood against the third-string Indian side, who awaited to face one of the most menacing bowling attacks in Test history. But Indian defied all obstacles to script a three-wicket win in Brisbane
324 might look colossal given the menacing pitch, but like SCG, India would approach it session by session and probably at Tea decide on chasing for a win or salvaging a win.
Rohit had actually played a similar shot against Lyon in Sydney as well, albeit successfully to complete his maiden half-century on overseas soil as an opener.
If all eight injured players are ruled out, one thing for sure, the management, probably for the first time in the series, will have no headache over the selection matter for the next Test. But will India have an XI to field at the Gabba?
India never gave up hope, even against one of the most menacing and relentless attacks in Test cricket, batting against the odds, to pull off another comeback for ages and hence draw the game at the SCG.
Pujara scored a half-century off 176 balls, the slowest in his Test career, during which India went from 70 to 195. But questions have been raised on his "intent" yet again.
It is likely that India will have the remaining of the full squad to choose their XI for the Sydney Test which pertains to only two spots in the lineup - of that of Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav.
If India can continue with their momentum and stun the Aussies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, they can finish with 420 points after the third Test with a PCT of 0.736.
New Zealand will have to win the series against Pakistan and expect a tie in the Border-Gavaskar series to retain their No.1 ranking.
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It took less than an entire four days for the same Indian team, who were without four of their main players - Kohli, Shami, Ishant Sharma and injured Umesh Yadav - to wrap up an epic comeback, one to be part of India's cricket folklore for ages to come.