Monday, 18 January, 2021


Ind vs Aus: Hanuma Vihari ruled out of Gabba Test

Will Pucovski leans back and watches a ball go past him while wearing cricket whites Will Pucovski may be forced out of the fourth Test at the Gabba because of injury
Noah Ferguson | 12 January, 2021, 10:59

The 256 balls they faced in their unbeaten partnership of 62 was the most by an India sixth-wicket pair on Australian soil, helping steer them to 334-5 at the close, 73 runs adrift.

"Pat Cummins was bowling in a different league altogether. There was a bit of double bounce, so it was hard against Cummins", Ashwin said after the third Test ended in a draw. "So we know people expect that from us now and we understand that's how it is and we sign up for that and I was the one who fell short of that yesterday", he added. I have been batting well in the nets, so it was great to spend some time in the middle.

The four-Test series between Australia and India is locked at 1-1 after a dramatic draw in Sydney, meaning the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be up for grabs in the contest that begins at the Gabba on Friday.

"Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end".

Rahane praised his depleted team for digging deep in the third Test, highlighting the desperation showed by hobbled batsmen Vihari and Ashwin as they successfully negotiated the entire final session. Rishabh Pant's scores of 36 and 97 have helped him gain 19 places to reach the 26th position. "We made that strategy but in the end it is all about the player executing the plan", Rahane further said.

Among the other controversy was when Paine, along with Matthew Wade, apparently tried to sledge Ravichandran Ashwin, while the latter batted.

Jasprit Bumrah smiles with both hands raised above his head
India's Jasprit Bumrah sustained an abdominal injury in Sydney

Pant and Pujara shared a 104-run stand for the fourth wicket to keep India going in the Test. Touring Australia is never easy so Vihari can be proud of himself. Australian skipper, Tim Paine thinks that it is not the first time Smith has done so. There were a few positives for us, our bowlers created plenty of chances. Today was a whole-hearted effort from the boys, just that things didn't go our way. I'm a captain who enjoys the game, and wants to play, yesterday I fell short of my expectations and our team's standards. So I won't be surprised if there is a change in the Australian captaincy after the series is over.

Steve Smith was adjudged as Man of the Match as the right-handed batsman played knocks of 131 and 81 respectively.

Paine said it was just part of Smith's regular routine. They batted well, they grinded well, and I think we could not have changed much.

Ashwin came out to bat after Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed by fast bowler Josh Hazleood before Tea. "Credit to management, they kept it really light", Rahane said.

"Always means a lot when you score a hundred for your country".

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