After being pushed against the wall once again, Team India managed to come out swinging on Day 3 of the series-deciding fourth Test in Brisbane. While the players deserve a lot of credit for showing grit and a never-die attitude, the team’s support staff including head coach Ravi Shastri also needs to be praised. After another gritty display by the Indian team on Sunday, former England skipper Michael Vaughan was convinced that Ravi Shastri deserves a lot of credit for India’s performance in such situations.
Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to praise Shastri for instilling a belief in Team India that they could give any side a run for their money even in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. He had tweeted, “Really enjoy the way @RaviShastriOfc manages this Indian team … He deserves a lot of credit for making them believe they could compete once @imVkohli had gone home… !! #AUSvIND.”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2021
After reeling at the score of 186/6, India was looking at a huge first-innings deficit but an inspired batting display from debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, who was playing his second Test match, helped the visitors get close to Australia’s first innings total of 369 runs.
The duo added as many as 123 runs for the 7th wickeped the hosts from the score of 186/6 to 309, before Shardul was cleaned up by an in-swinging delivery from Pat Cummins.
During their record-breaking partnership, both the batsmen smashed their maiden half-centuries in the longest format of the game. With his 62 runs, Sundar registered the highest score by a debutant batting at number seven in Australia, while Shardul finished as the top-scorer for India with his 67 runs.
India started the series with a humiliating eight-wicket loss in Adelaide but managed to make a string comeback back to clinch the second Test in Melbourne by the same margin. The Indian batsmen managed to bat for 131 overs in the fourth innings to eke out a remarkable draw in Sydney — leaving the series wide open.