Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday tied Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 23 of 161 balls in a match-saving score of 148 runs with him in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, scoring a hundred. Ashwin, who made 39 of 128 balls, and Vihari scored a remarkable draw for India on day five of the third Test against Australia. Vihari tugged on his hamstring at the start of his innings and struggled to run between wickets. “After Pujara and Pant’s wicket and with Vihari injured, it would be difficult to go for a win. Touring Australia is never easy, so Vihari can be proud of himself. It was tantamount to scoring a hundred,” explained Ashwin. Channel 7.
Ashwin said the confidence he gained from prolific net sessions helped him finally get on well against Australia as he and Vihari saved the third test.
“I hit the nets well, so it was great to spend some time in the middle. The chase for 400 in Sydney was never going to be easy because the ball went up and down. Pant’s knock set us up,” ” he said.
34-year-old Ashwin, who didn’t score high in his previous four innings, said he also drew confidence from his batting record with the SCG.
“I just told the batting coach (Vikram Rathour) during the lunch hour that I’ve never left the SCG without a fifty, this is a location where I’ve done well with the bat and today’s innings are up there,” he said . .
The first off-spinner said it was a tough job on day five to meet the formidable pacesetter trio Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
“We don’t get many draws in Test cricket, it was a really exciting last session. I just went to Pujara and told him you sold me down the river in both innings,” said Ashwin.
“Cummins was bowling in a totally different league. There was a little bit of double bounce, so it was tough against Cummins. I think it’s not easy to face Bumrah in the nets. We have bowlers who can bowl in the 150’s. “
In a post-game tweet, Ashwin’s wife Prithi revealed that he was struggling with acute back pain last night.
“The man went to bed last night with terrible back pain and unbelievable pain. He couldn’t stand up when he woke up this morning. Couldn’t bend over to tie his shoelaces. I’m amazed at what @ ashwinravi99 delivered today,” she wrote.
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