The teams now will head into the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with everything at stake, after the third Test at Ranchi ended in a fighting draw. For India, it was a case of so near yet so far as they struggled to clean up the visitors on Day 5. However, one must also credit the class of the duo of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb for sticking through thick and thin and rescuing Australia.
Post the drawn Test, skipper Virat Kohli seemed happy with India’s performance at Ranchi. The Dharamsala Test will be the final international game of the extended home season for India and the hosts will be more than eager to wrap it up in style and end it on a victorious note.
Kohli began by mentioning he was proud of his side’s comeback after losing the toss.
“We got ourselves into a good position,” said Kohli.
“Losing the toss on this pitch wasn’t easy. We came back beautifully. Two guys batting out of their skins. One of the best knocks I have seen. We thought if we get within 20-30 runs, we thought we had a shot.”
The Indian skipper lavished praise on both Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha, saying the duo literally batted out of their skin.
“I can understand when you play one format and you’re counted as one of the best Test players, he’s someone who takes a lot of pride. He works hard and doesn’t mind grafting runs. This was his one of his best innings from Pujara, taking along Saha. This game was different, and happy for Saha. He’s always smiling, always happy and never complains about anything,” he added.
Kohli concluded by reiterating the fact that things wouldn’t be too different at Dharamsala.
“Jadeja is unbelievable. I haven’t seen bowl more economical ever. Very hard working and knows his strengths,” said Kohli about the Saurashtra star.
“No different plans for Dharamsala and we are ready for it.”