John Wright
John Wright (AFP Photo)

Former India coach John Wright went down the memory lane after India secured a 1-0 series lead against Australia with their 31-run win in the Adelaide Test on Monday.

Chasing 323, Australia fought hard but were bowled out for 291 in their second innings on the fifth and final day. While India “were the better team” Wright feels that they should not get carried away with this win.

“It’s a great result for India and the team,” Wright told mid-day. “I think they were the better team at this game. Take the good things, take that confidence into the next Test, start again, keep your feet on the ground but don’t get carried away.”

India’s previous Test win at Adelaide Oval came under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly with Wright as the head coach. After the first Test of that series ended in a a draw, Rahul Dravid put up an excellent batting performance to guide India to a memorable win and give them a 1-0 lead.

That series though ended in a 1-1 draw as Australia came back by winning the third Test and drawing the fourth. “The 2003-04 win in Adelaide was fantastic. We all thought it would have been nice to win the series, but we couldn’t achieve that. Let’s hope we can [do it] this time,” he said.

While Cheteshwar Pujara was chosen as the player of the match for his superlative century in the first innings and another vial half-century in the second dig, Jasprit Bumrah’s contribution was equally significant. He ended with match figures of 6/115 including three vital breakthrough to push Australia’s chase off the track.

It was Wright who spotted Bumrah during a domestic T20 competition and then secured his services for Mumbai Indians. He’s happy how the 25-year-old’s career has progressed since then without taking any credit for his success. “I’m glad to see him come through and deliver. All credit to Jasprit. It’s one thing to get an opportunity and quite something else to take it and develop. I am happy for him,” he said.