The Two Ps of India’s Win Over Australia In Adelaide – Duke Jeyaraj


India ‘way laid’ Australia in Adelaide! While it was true that Smith-Warner’s absence in the Australian XI had weakened them considerably, but it was nevertheless a wonderful win for Kohli’s Men.

India beat Australia in the Adelaide Test 2018 mainly because of two “Ps”: patience and partnership.

Pujara showed exemplary patience that is required in Test Match batting. His ‘priceless’ innings of 123 had 182 dot balls. Bharat Sundaresan wrote, “Or is intent what Cheteshwar Pujara brings to the crease every time he walks out to bat? The desperation to grit it out, however innocuous he might look while at it. The desperation to face the heat, literally and figuratively like he did in the 40 degrees of merciless heat in Adelaide, and not give in to any form of temptation for 246 deliveries. The desperation to stay out on the pitch. The conviction to keep making tough choices even as your colleagues keep taking the easy way out at the other end.” Andrew McGlashan contrasted Pujara’s patience with Rohit Sharma with some telling statistics: “Rohit dominated the fifth-wicket stand of 45 with an innings that included three sixes, one a magnificent lofted drive off Cummins, while Pujara went scoreless for a period of 29 deliveries on 11.” Sanjay Manjrekar explained the unique patience of Pujara when it came to batting when he wrote, “While others in his team attack out of instinct or insecurity, Pujara attacks only when he is running out of partners. What a blessing that is for India!” He stitched match-turning partnerships with the tail in the first innings and the partnership he had with Rahane in the second was indeed match-winning. The Indian bowlers – Ishant, Shammi, Bumrah and Ashwin – superbly complemented each other. Ishant bouncing out Aussie batsmen Head in the final day with a well-directed bouncer was a sight for sore eyes! Were we watching a West Indian quick in his heyday? Rishabh Pant was trying to put ‘ants in the pants’ of the Aussie resistance with his irritating behind the stumps commentary. And when the Aussie tail wagged stubbornly in the fourth innings (Australia batted 23.4 overs more than India did in this Test – Sidharth Monga) even the impatient Kohli was quite patient. A wicket off a no-ball, a dropped catch just delayed the inevitable.  As the Bible says in the book of Proverbs, ‘through patience a ruler can be persuaded’ (Prov. 25:15) and yes, through patience a Test Match can be won in a foreign soil!


Our Lord’s is immensely patient (I Tim. 1:16) and expects us to live a “life worthy of the Lord” which includes a display of “great endurance and patience” (Col. 1:10-11). The writer to the Hebrews put it this way: “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Heb. 6:12).  As believers we must be patient – patient for the Lord’s return (James 5:7). The waiting time before Christ’s return should become the time for winning souls because the Jesus said, “The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to all nations and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14). A believer must seek partnerships with other believers to keep his spiritual fervour up. “Christians are like coals. Together they are red hot, apart they die out!” That is why we must be regular to our local church and other fellowships God has placed us in (Heb. 10:24-25). That is why we must build accountability relationships that will be help us beat stubborn temptations (Eccl. 4:10-11).

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout [if you are the reading plain text type], [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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