My kinda player, in my kinda format

Playing #1 team on their home turf. Depths of worst total ever. Without two seasoned players. A third hobbles off midway. 6 of 11 have played fewer than 15 tests each. 2 on debut. Only 3 have played over 50 tests. Walks in at 64-3. Century under pressure. Grace after run-out. Shepherds limited resources to bowl Oz out twice. Whattay player, captain & win.

Tough, not tattooed. Thoughtful, not tweeting. Steely, not sledging. Struggle, not silver spoon. Rose through Ranji, not IPL. Even beard is more Sabarimala than styled. Dropped and doubted, not extolled and feted. Despite scoring overseas, not just at home. Against Steyn, Johnson, Boult, Anderson, Starc. Mental strength, not mind games. Trusty compounder, not flashy unicorn. Buffett, not Bitcoin. Old fashioned, yet New India.

Go Jinks!