December 19 is one date that will forever be etched on the mind of Indian cricket fans. After all, it was the day when Indian cricket hit an unprecedented low as they bundled out for 36 in Adelaide, meekly losing a game in which they were miles ahead. Thereafter, with captain Kohli leaving the team for personal reasons and one player after another getting injured, it was a miracle in itself that India headed into the final game on level footing. However, to clinch a historic series win, they needed to breach the fortress of Gabba, also known as Gabbatoir due to Australia’s 32-year-old unbeaten streak at the ground.
However, not for the first time on a sensational tour, India’s young guns managed to do the unthinkable. From 36 all out to 329/7, a story had come full circle. As is often the case with such stunning turnarounds, everyone looked at the performances, but not the effort that went into making it all possible.
What was going through Ravi Shastri’s mind and what exactly did he discuss on that phone call with his best buddy, Bharat Arun? What advice did R. Sridhar have for a struggling Hanuma Vihari in that remarkable Sydney draw? And what about the newbies whom nobody had given a chance? How did Rishabh Pant bounce back from his disappointing run, how did Rohit Sharma battle his desperation out there, what gave Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar the self-belief to stage that unforgettable first-innings partnership, and how did Navdeep Saini defy politics in his formative years? What are the stories behind the struggles faced by veterans like Ravi Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara?
Mission Domination answers all these questions and more as it exquisitely goes back to where it all began for this team.
Genre: Sports / Cricket
Published: August 2021
Number of Pages: 240
Publisher: Simon & Schuster India