Who says the draw is boring? Who says that a test match doesn’t thrill? What happened in Sydney is called the thrill of Test cricket. It showed all the colors of the rainbow. If you are a real cricket fan, then India and Australia made your day on Sunday. Of course if you are a fan of Australia you will obviously be disappointed. Your team could not win. But, here can be said many times – “The real victory was cricket.” India had to score 407 runs to win, the team scored 334 for five wickets. The match opened up on par but the thrill grew over-over and then ball-by-ball.
Test cricket is an addiction that goes from session to session. Like suroor. The real beauty of the game is seen here. The real war between the ball and the bat. Sometimes beyond defeat and victory. This was seen in the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar series. The match was going through India’s hands. Then Rishabh Pant batted and Cheteshwar joined Pujara. The pan is tilted towards India. Pant smashed 93 off 118 balls and pushed Australia to the backfoot. Pujara continued to play like a saint at the other end. Almost untouched by Pant’s influence. He knows his power and the art of using it. Defensive play is his weapon. And with this weapon, he was beating the Kangaroo team. In the first innings, the attitude of Pujara which was being criticized became the need of the team in the second innings. Just hold on. Keep the ball out of wicket. Pujara kept doing this. continuously. Repeatedly.
After this the Kangaroo bowlers showed strength. Nathan Lyon bowled out Pant and Josh Hazlewood dismissed Pujara. Pant wanted to play a big shot but the ball hit the fielder with the bat. On the other hand, Pujara was dismissed for 77 off 205 balls. Hazlewood’s ball went off the wickets with a bat. The expectations of Indian fans were also returning with Laga Pujara. Australia finds the door. But he could not make way. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin took the front from here. And held on until the Kangaroo team, one over before, joined hands and agreed that victory was no longer possible.
Time is capital
In cricket, a wicket falls several times after falling. This did not happen here. Hanuma Vihari continued despite injury. Not taking runs. Just playing. Each time the ball hit the middle of his bat, the Kangaroo team’s tightness kept increasing. And Ashwin, who was unable to bend the shoes by night, was showing amazing footwork here. Taking the whole leg off the entire ball, bowing and playing the ball under the eyes from the middle of the bat. If the ball was short, go back and try to play it. Many times the ball was being hit by him. Short, fast and targeting the body. He felt the ball. He groans. But do not give up. Ashwin has four centuries in the name test. But the runs here did not matter that much. Used to keep time. Time is called capital. The more time saved here would have taken the match towards him.
Hang on, time will be yours
In the scales of test cricket, there is another part of winning and losing. That is the draw. Neither you lose, nor do we win. That is, pan is equal. And the way Team India balanced this balance was flawless. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin stepped up to see the bowling attack wicket punished by Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon. Both added 62 runs but even more important was keeping Australia out of wickets for 259 balls. In the meantime, luck came together. But say – Himmat-e-Marda-Madad-e-Khuda.
This is another example for those advocating for four days of Test cricket. It is also a signal to the administrators that Test cricket is going to go somewhere. Whether the bat of Steve Smith in the Ashes of 2019 or the long remembered Ben Stokes innings. And Kusal Perera’s 153-run innings that gave Sri Lanka victory over South Africa. The results in Test cricket had to go till the last day. Until the last over.
First time in 19 years
The Indian team batted 131 overs in the fourth innings of the match. For the first time in 19 years, India played more than 100 overs in the fourth innings. For the first time after 2002, the team did this. From this, guess how difficult it is to bat in the fourth innings. The pitch suits the bowlers. At what time, which ball and where will it go? No bounce address or turn. Some will get up to the chest and some will be below the knee. Which metal is the batter made of? A real test of technology. And not just technology, the real test of mental capacity, efficiency and combativeness. And this team showed that.
This is team india
This is the team of the new India. New Team. It plays as a team, not an individual player. After Virat Kohli’s return home, no one was giving a chance to Team India. But the team, which was reduced to 36 in Adelaide, made a strong comeback in Melbourne. People’s opinion started changing. The return of the team was appreciated. But Sydney’s win will give them a more befitting reply. It is a big deal to lose the match and return to the next match, but even more important is to save the loser. This shows how strong the team is psychologically.
Australia had the edge
Australia had a 94-run lead in the first innings in Sydney. It seemed that Australia would easily settle India in four sessions. A target of 407 runs. Ricky Ponting was saying that 200 will not be made in the fourth innings. Not with half the main player. Those who were playing were also injured. And the kangaroo bowler targeting the rest. But the team stood firm. Sometimes avoiding defeat is not less than victory. And when the sun was in the sky in Sydney, Team India and its fans had a strong spirit and passion …
Now there will be clash in Brisbane
Now the final match will be the ground of Brisbane. The last time India won the Test series in Australia was not Steve Smith and David Warner. This time. On the contrary, this time we are not important players. But all players are meeting the remaining deficit by giving 120 percent. The series is equal to 1–1 after three Tests. Australia is full strength and India is ‘injured lion’. From 15 January, when both the teams are face to face once again, Team India will have Momentum and Australia will have pressure to prove themselves. And the one who wins there will get the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.