Advertisement
Saturday, Oct 01, 2022
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Virat Kohli's Midnight Message And How India Started 'Mission Melbourne' - Watch 'Kangaroo Bhoomi' To Know

Fielding coach R Sridhar reveals how a serendipitous midnight message from Virat Kohli led to the 'Mission Melbourne,' which utlimately helped India beat Australia

Virat Kohli's Midnight Message And How India Started 'Mission Melbourne' - Watch 'Kangaroo Bhoomi' To Know
Ramakrishnan Sridhar and Ravichandran Ashwin | Screengrab: YouTube
Virat Kohli's Midnight Message And How India Started 'Mission Melbourne' - Watch 'Kangaroo Bhoomi' To Know
outlookindia.com
2021-01-22T21:03:42+05:30

India were dismissed for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 all in the second innings of the series opener in Adelaide, and lost the match from a strong position. Then, there was a change of guard and also never-ending change personnel with skipper Virat Kohli returning home for the birth of his first child and India's injury woes keep getting worse. But the visitors fought back to win the second match in Melbourne, played out a thrilling draw in Sydney before claiming an epochal series win in Brisbane. That's the story of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. (More Cricket News)

Now, as the triumphant Indian cricketers returned home and look back, extraordinary details continued to emerge from a truly fascinating series. And the stories revolving around how India had gathered themselves after that Adelaide debacle would surely be retold many a times. Here's one from India's fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar and premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Sridhar, during his free-wheeling chat with Ashwin in the latter's program, aptly called 'Kangaroo Bhoomi' on YouTube, revealed that he indeed got a midnight message from Kohli, which had led to the formation of India's 'Mission Melbourne'.

Had India, under stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, quietly submitted to the Aussies at the imposing Melbourne Cricket Ground, the series would have a different story to be told. But as it turned out, that's where India started their epic fight back. And one serendipitous meeting was at the root of it.

“It was midnight, around 12.30 am, the night we lost the Adelaide Test. Virat Kohli messaged me: ‘What are you doing?’ I was shocked," Sridhar said. "I thought ‘why is he messaging at this time?’ I told him ‘head coach (Ravi Shastri), myself, Bharat Arun and Vikram Rathour are sitting together’. He said, ‘I’ll also join you’. I said, ‘no problem, come over.’"

Watch the discussion here:

“He came there and all of us started discussing. That’s where ‘Mission Melbourne’ began. Shastri made a point there: ‘This 36, wear it like a badge! This 36 is what will make this team great’,” Sridhar added.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

Lament Of Separation: Songs Of Habba Khatun, Last Queen Of Kashmir, Still Echo In Valley

In happy times and sad, Habba Khatun’s sensuous songs make both young and old emotional. With the never-ending conflict bringing tragedies to every doorstep, Habba’s lyrics of separation amplify their mourning.

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

How Indian Laws Govern People’s Right To Love And Live

In India, only those relationships between a man and a woman are considered to be legitimate when there is a marriage between the two.

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Kohli Quits Test Captaincy, Leaves Leadership Vacuum

Virat Kohli, 33, had recently stepped down as India's T20I captain and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain.

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

UP Elections 2022: How Congress Is Harnessing Power Of 'Persecuted' Women To Counter BJP

A Mahila Congress leader, who is the face of the ‘Ladki Hoon, Lad Sakti Hoon’ campaign, however, has accused the party of anti-women bias after she was denied a ticket.

Advertisement