India’s historic draw against Australia in the third Test in Sydney turned the clock backwards. Batsmen fighting to save a Test on day five in the age of T20 cricket is a rare occurrence.

Hanuma Vihari and R. Ashwin’s unbeaten 62-run stand off 259 balls for the sixth wicket to deny Australia victory can easily be called the highlight of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so far.

Ashwin had a stiff back, while Vihari pulled his hamstring in the course of the innings but the duo continued to fight amid verbal duels. Despite a fractured thumb, Ravindra Jadeja sat with his pads on.

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Shiv Sunder Das, from the classical school of Test match batting, feels Ashwin and Vihari’s performance will hold India in good stead leading to the series-decider in Brisbane. “It was as good as a win because nobody gave us a chance. One of the…

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