Its very natural to compare two great innings by Indians at Gabba, Brisbane because of similar score of 144, (in fact they scored almost same number of runs on each side of the wicket, 87 and 89 on off side respectively) however there is a huge difference between Saurav Ganguly’s 144 and Murli Vijay’s 144 in terms of circumstances and approach.
Ganguly got in at a score of 62 for 3 with Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar out and it was more Gritty and Guts, lots of cuts and pull on a bouncy track. Vijay’s inning can be divided into three halfs, first half till he reached 70, it was more patient game, leaving many balls untouched, speed up after break to reach a century and then stand and deliver after tiring 300 minutes to put in as many runs possible. Vijay must thank, Shaun Marsh for dropping him twice, but there is one thing common between Ganguly and Vijay’s inning and that was “DETERMINATION”. Both were determined and applied themselves to achieve the milestone.
While Dhawan and Kohli sort of threw away their wickets with a hangover of Adelaide Pitch, Pujara got the infamous dismissal of c.Srinivasan b.BCCI. This is a third incident after Dhawan and Rahane in 1st test match, where Indian batsman were clearly not out but were wrongly given out. Unfortunately, there is no DRS and hence Indian players and fans have to live with it.
Vijay’s inning was also extra special being an opener. So much so that he became the first overseas opener to score a century at Brisbane in first inning. Clearly, Australia’s safe fort has been breached, at least on day 1 but then India did so at Melbourne as well when Sehwag scored 195 ended up all out for less than 400 runs. Australians are tired with the heat and humidity. Mitchell Marsh got his first ever test wicket but he will not be able to bowl in this test again due to hamstring injury. Starc and Hazelwood didn’t looked healthy enough as well. Lyon is not getting the same assistance as he got due to footmarks in Adelaide and India has two settled batsman: Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma at the crease. Ideally, India would love to bat for 5 sessions (2 more sessions today) and post 500+ runs on board to put Australia under pressure.