At the end of day four, Rahane and Pujara stand unbeaten, with 309 runs more required for India to go 2-1 up in the four match series. However, India wouldn’t be thinking about winning from hereon, as the much more realistic target would be to bat out the three sessions, as difficult as it may sound given the current circumstances.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday alleged that racial abuse from a section of the crowd at Sydney was not nothing new. He claimed that they have faced similar issues at the SCG in the past as well. Ashwin's allegations come in the wake of Mohammed Siraj facing racial slurs from a section of the Sydney crowd on Day 4 of the Test against Australia.
ndian No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara defended his ‘slow’ batting tactics on Day 3 of the SCG Test against Australia, stating that he couldn’t have done anything better than what he was doing. Pujara scored 50 off 176 balls, his slowest Test fifty, but was dismissed soon after. The experienced Indian batsman termed Pat Cummins’ delivery to dismiss him as the ball of the series. India crumbled to 244 all out in their first innings, and Australia ended the day in command, with a significant overall lead of 197
Ravindra Jadeja came up with a brilliant bowling and fielding effort to seize the advantage for India on Day 2 of the SCG Test against Australia. Resuming the day at 166 for 2, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne took Australia past 200 before the left-arm spinner struck by having the latter caught for 91. With an opening available, Jadeja went on to dismiss Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon to finish with figures of 4 for 62. After Steve Smith reached 131 and was looking good for much more, Jadeja ran him out with a brilliant direct hit, coming rushing in from deep square leg. Australia all-out for 338.
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the current Australian batting line-up is the weakest he has ever seen. Gambhir wants the Indians to make best use of the same and ensure that they clinch the Test series. According to the cricketer-turned-politician, the current Aussie batting line-up is nowhere near that of England, New Zealand, and India.
Australia coach Justin Langer was all praise for the Indian bowlers for the manner in which they have kept Australian batsmen on the backfoot in the series so far. Even though India lost the first Test before coming back hard to clinch the second, their bowlers have been on the spot right through the two Tests. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were brilliant in the Boxing Day Test while debutant Mohammed Siraj provided him excellent support.
Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant hundred, his 12th in Test matches, to help India square the four-match series at Melbourne 1-1. Rahane’s coach and former India cricketer Pravin Amre has now revealed that Rahane worked very hard in the nets in India before heading to Australia.
Five Indian cricketers, who were seen in a video on Friday, dining in an indoor restaurant in Melbourne, have been placed in isolation as a preventive measure. The five players seen in the video are Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ended 2020 as the No.1 batsman in Test cricket as the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings were released on Thursday. Williamson moved past Indian captain Virat Kohli and Aussie run-machine Steve Smith to occupy the top slot.