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.
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…