Ind vs Aus 3rd Test – From Ganguly to Tendulkar, cricket fraternity hails Team India’s brilliant show at SCG: A resolute Ravichandran Ashwin and a hamstrung Hanuma Vihari battled pain and a hostile Australian bowling attack while displaying the largely extinct art of Test-saving batsmanship to snatch a remarkable draw for India after Rishabh Pant raised visions of an improbable win here on Monday.
Chasing a herculean target of 407, Pant (97 off 118 balls) and the ever-steady Cheteshwar Pujara (77 off 205 balls) produced an amazing 148-run stand before India were forced to down the shutters finishing on 334 for 5 in 131 overs when players shook hands.
The series stands at 1-1 going into the fourth Test in Brisbane but an Indian team which has turned into a ‘mini-hospital’ would be walking away with a lot of pride. They put up a proper fight in adverse circumstances already soured by racist chants and abuses from the crowd here during the course of the game.
Meanwhile, cricket fraternity was all praise for Team India’s superb show in Sydney and they took to Twitter to congratulate Ajinkya Rahane and co.
Hope all of us realise the importance of pujara,pant and Ashwin in cricket teams..batting at 3 in test cricket against quality bowling is not always hitting through the line ..almost 400 test wickets don’t come just like that..well fought india..time to win the series @bcci
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) January 11, 2021
Really proud of #TeamIndia!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2021
Pic1 – Till Rishabh Pant was at the crease.
Pic2- Pujara, Vihari and Ashwin.
And the combination of these 2 made it a fantastic Test Match. Feel so so proud of the Team,
Pant showed why he needs to b treated differently & d grit showed by Vihari, Pujara & Ashwin was unbelievable pic.twitter.com/aU3qN6O3JF
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) January 11, 2021
— Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) January 11, 2021
Doesn’t matter if you are bruised and battered, just hang in there and you will have an opportunity to fight another day!! Test cricket teaches you life!! #SydneyTest 🙏🙏 A big thanks to my team and well wishers. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/nBk50tZMK4
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 11, 2021
Fighting till the very end ⚔️ Tremendous spirit shown by the team 🇮🇳💪 pic.twitter.com/ZEHuaFK1G9
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) January 11, 2021
Bloody Love Test Cricket … This Indian team have shown in the last 2 Tests Great skill but more so much more mental resilience … btw I believe @RishabhPant17 is a special player who will have a period of dominance in all formats soon !! #AUSvsIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 11, 2021
What an amazing test series this is between Aust & India. Today’s test cricket was brilliant & I cannot compliment India enough on their courageous approach & their effort today, just outstanding. Both sides gave it everything they had at the SCG today. Gotta love test cricket ❤️
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 11, 2021
BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla feels India has finally found its new “wall”.The new real wall after Dravid in Indian cricket are @Hanumavihari and @ashwinravi99. They scored 62 runs in 259 balls. Good performance to get the match to draw. @RishabhPant17 & @cheteshwar1 played superb knock. @ImRo45 & @RealShubmanGill as usual were good at the crease,” Shukla tweeted.