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The third Test match played in Sydney between India and Australia was drawn. Chasing 407 for victory, India started the innings ahead of 96 runs at the loss of two wickets on the fifth day. Rahane was out early. But, after that Pujara and Pant shared a 148-run partnership to take the score to 250. On this score, Pant was dismissed by 97 runs. As soon as Pujara was dismissed on 272, it would be difficult for India to save the match. However, Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin then saved the match by sharing a 62-run partnership off 256 balls.
Vihari struggled with a ham-string injury during his innings. At the same time, Ashwin also faced many balls from the Australian fast bowlers on the body. Rishabh Pant, who was injured during batting in the first innings, could not keep wicket in Australia’s second innings. But despite the injury, today, with his batting, he once pushed Australia towards defeat.
How effective is Rahane’s captaincy?
This was Rahane’s fourth match as captain. They had won all three previous matches. For the first time, under his captaincy, Team India drew the match. He has instilled the spirit of fighting in the team. After the match, Rahane said that before the day started, we had decided to fight till the end, whatever the outcome. Our players showed this emotion too.
He shocked Australia by sending Pant to number five. At the same time, Pant’s innings also showed the team hope of victory. Until a day earlier, experts who were saying that this match will be either India will lose or draw. They also saw something different.
Rahane had also captained well in the second Test earlier. After that Test, former Australian captain Ian Chappell praised him and said that anyone who saw him captaining the 2017 Dharamshala Test would have understood that Rahane was born to captain the cricket team. .
The racist remarks made with Siraj and Bumrah also instilled fighting in the team. After the end of the fourth day’s play, Ashwin had said that this kind of audience behavior in Sydney is not new. We have encountered similar comments in Sydney before. The team, already struggling with the injuries of players inside the field, united to show their passion in the incident.
Will there not be any question on Pant’s keeping?
The way Pant has batted today, that is why the team management gives him preference over Wriddhiman Saha in foreign tours. Pant can reverse the match with his batting. Today he showed it too. However, his keeping has always been questioned. If it is not improved, you will rise even further.
Sunil Gavaskar’s decision to field Pant at number five was called a master stroke. He said that it could happen later that Team India only lowered him to number five as a batsman.
How slow was Vihari’s innings?
Vihari scored 23 off 161 balls. His strike rate was 14.28. This was the fifth slowest innings of an Indian in terms of strike rate after playing a hundred or more balls in an innings. Yashpal Sharma tops the list. Sharma scored 13 off 157 balls in Adelaide against Australia in 1981.
Talking about international cricket, this record is in the name of John Murray of England. He scored just 3 runs in 1963 after playing 100 balls against Australia. At the same time, former New Zealand fast bowler Jeff Elt could not open the account after playing 101 balls against South Africa in 2011.
Indian batsmen slowest innings
What does Pujara’s innings mean?
This is the way Pujara plays. Today’s innings is being praised. At the same time, he was being criticized for a similar batting in the first inning. Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Ten that there is a trend in India to spin a hat. It will go on, but Pujara’s game is like that. This is his specialty. Such batsmen are less in Tests now, but in difficult circumstances, there is a great need for those who play like this.
Can Ashwin play his role after Jadeja is injected?
Jadeja may also be out of the first two matches of the Test series against England in India along with the fourth Test against Australia. In such a situation, Ashwin’s better performance with the bat can be a bonus for India. Ashwin has also done this. In 2016, with his batting, he played a key role in helping India win many matches.
What did India get from this match?
40 years later, Team India played the most overs in the fourth innings