The result of the third test match of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy has shocked the cricketing world as the Indian team pulled off a miraculous draw even after being hit with controversies both on and off the field. It seemed like Australia was running away with the game, however with the help of their resistance, India drew the match.
Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin proved to be the stars of the show as they grinded throughout the last day of the test and snatched a certain victory from the hands of the Aussies. None of the players were fully fit but their never-give up attitude helped them in turning the tide in their favour.
Their brilliant effort has not only kept them alive in the series but also has changed the mindset of those who predicted 4-0 in the favour of the hosts. Former Australia wicketkeeper – Brad Haddin lauded the fightback of the Indian team in the series. He was full of good words about India’s skipper – Ajnikya Rahane and praised his move of promoting Pant.
“To be honest, I didn’t see this coming at all. The way India performed yesterday when they could have just shut up shop and played for a draw, but the Pant tactical move by Rahane I thought was outstanding. If you have a closer look at it, he sent Pant out to try and move the game forward and Pant did exactly that,” Haddin was quoted as saying on 1170 SEN Breakfast.
The Aussie pro further added that the visitors opted for the right result after the dismissal of Pant.
“He played brave and he made Tim Paine make some decisions as captain on the last day which I thought tactically was really good. Then Vihari came in, and he’s a very similar player to Pujara, they can just shut the game down and that’s exactly what he did,” he opined.
Rahane was really brave: Haddin
Hailing Indian team’s character, the 43-year-old praised the tactical captaincy of Rahane as India has not lost a single test match under his leadership.
“Rahane hasn’t lost the game as captain; he was really brave yesterday to give India a little sniff. I thought the runs were always too much for them, but he gave them a sniff.”
“They’re showing some really, really good character this India team. They’ve got a lot of injuries, they’ve lost their captain, they’ve lost three fast bowlers, Jadeja’s got a busted thumb. They’re showing a lot of character,” Haddin concluded.
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