Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that Australian tactics during the Sydney Test seemed like they couldn’t realize what the all-rounder and Hanuma Vihari were trying to do in that match. Hitting 258 balls with a fierce home team that rolls up their sleeves is no mean feat. But Indian duo Vihari and Ashwin held their own and managed to do just that when they scored a draw in what was nothing short of an action-packed fifth day in the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“Australia’s tactics in the fourth innings of the SCG test really made me curious. Their tactics seemed like Australia didn’t realize what we were doing. They must have thought we boys weren’t making a rotational hit because of an injury, but The main reason was one: the guy can’t move his foot forward and the other got punched to the body, and then suddenly it became our strategy, ” Ashwin told field coach R Sridhar on his YouTube channel.
“What happened then was my back got stiff and I couldn’t move anymore. They made a mistake. If they had put it in front of me, I might have had an edge or found it difficult, I guess. They thought us Hit us all by bouncing It was counterproductive The more I got hit the more determination I got What more could be thrown at me I have an inner decision Add to that Tim Paine too started teasing. You can take it however you want, but at that point Vihari and I thought Australia had lost it, “he added.
Paine’s attempts to get Ravichandran Ashwin by surprise failed terribly on the last day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the off-spinner had the perfect comeback in store. Australian skipper Paine couldn’t take wickets and did his best to distract Ashwin and he was caught on the stump microphone saying, “I can’t wait for you to reach Gabba, Ash.” To this Ashwin replied immediately: “I can’t wait for you to come to India too, that would be your last series.”
Despite a hamstring injury, Vihari hit an unbeaten 161-ball 23 while Ashwin hit 39 of 128 as the two defended all of Australia’s hopes for a win. Fielding coach R Sridhar also said it looked like the Indian team came together as one unit on the last day of the SCG test.
“The unity of the Indian team that I saw happen on day five of the SCG test. One of the most exciting days of test cricket. I’ve been there since 2014. Incredible. As Ravi Shastri said, rest assured of a heart attack if Rishabh Pant clubbing .. Heart attack to everyone, spectator, our team, their team I have a question who gets more tense when Rishabh Pant clocks Is it the opposition or his own team But boy, that was a blow from him at SCG. He defended 27 of his first 35 balls, but then exploded, “said Sridhar.
On Tuesday, Australia’s fort – The Gabba – was finally breached. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved when an injury-ridden young Indian team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test to win the series 2-1.
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