Thu. Mar 4th, 2021

Apart from the half-century innings of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill, India managed to draw India vs Australia third Test match against Australia on the back of remarkable batting effort from Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin. However, despite India’s fabulous win, Ind vs Aus four-match series is tied at 1-1 and the decider will now be played in Brisbane. Australia had set a target of 407 runs for victory in front of India. In response, India batted all day and scored 334 runs for five wickets in their second innings.

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At one time, it seemed India was about to lose the match but Pujara and Pant shared a hopeful partnership of 148 runs and then R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari became “the wall” for their national squad. The duo played a slow but crucial innings. Both Hanuma and Ashwin remained unbeaten on 23 and 39 runs, respectively.

Earlier, Australia had scored 338 runs in the first innings. After this, the Indian team was able to score 244 runs. Australia’s total of the first innings were further strengthened by the hosts declaring the second innings at 312 for 6 wickets.

For India, it seemed a difficult and rather more of a risky task to chase down the target against the lethal Australian bowling attack. That’s why, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin survived more than 250 balls to ensure that even if they fail to chase down the total, they don’t lose wickets and ensure that India vs Australia Sydney Test ends in a draw.

However, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla and BJP leader Babul Supriyo had a different opinion about the outcome of the match and both took to Twitter to express their opinions.

According to Shukla, India would have won the Sydney Test if India’s middle order performed a little better than what they did. He wrote, “Actually the middle could have performed little better and we would have won the match”

Reacting to injured Hanuma Vihari’s 109-balls 7 runs innings, Babul Supriyo termed it “atrocious” and said Vihari “not only killed any chance for India to achieve a historic win but has also murdered cricket”.

Here’s how netizens slammed Shukla and Supriyo for their remarks:


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