Mumbai: After walking away with a famous draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane on Monday said that the way both Ashwin and Hanuma played in the end and showed character was really good to see.
“Our conversation coming this morning was to fight the character and to the end. Not to think about the outcome. Really very happy with the way we fought today, but throughout the game. Even In the first innings when Australia were 200 for 2 more. It was really good to get them out for 338. There are some areas we can improve on but special mention for Vihari and Ashwin, “in the post-match presentation Rahane said.
He said, “The way they batted in the end and showed character, they were really good. Credit to him (Pant). We made that strategy, but in the end, it’s about the player executing the plan.”
During the post-match presentation, Rahane also said that Pant looks fine for the upcoming Test at the Gabba, while management will see how Hanuma Vihari feels before taking the call on his participation.
Batting on 258 balls, a fierce home team threw everything they had at no point. But the Indian pair of Vihari and R Ashwin came into the fray and there was nothing short of action for the fifth day in the third Test match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.
Batting in 131 overs – most of India has batted in the fourth innings of a Test since 1980 – Ashwin spoke of playing like true warriors at the end of the fourth day’s game at the SCG.
A hamstring injury notwithstanding, Vihari hit an unbeaten 161-ball 23 while Ashwin hit 39 off 128 balls as the two defended away any hopes Australia had of registering a win.