India’s historic Test series victory against Australia includes the heroic of Sydney which instilled self-belief in the Team India camp. And, the architect of that heroic was Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari. The duo nullified all the attack from Australia’s best bowlers to draw the third Test match.
On the final day of the Sydney Test, both R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari were injured and bruised but needed to play more than 40 overs to save the Test. The duo continued to bat on and ensured that the visitors do not lose any wickets and pushed the match to a draw.
Speaking in a video on Youtube, Ravichandran Ashwin revealed what went down in the middle and questioned Australia’s tactics on the day.
“Australia’s tactics during the fourth innings of the SCG Test really made me curious. Their tactics looked like Australia did not realise what we were doing.
“They must have thought that we guys were not rotating strike because of injury, but the main reason was one guy cannot move his foot forward and the other one was getting body blows, and then suddenly, it became our strategy,” Ashwin told fielding coach R Sridhar on his YouTube channel.
The more beaten I got, the more resolve I got: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that Australians instead of taking the wickets were hitting with their bowling. But the body blows only made the spin-bowling allrounder more resolved to take India towards the greatest-ever draw of India’s cricket history.
Ashwin also stated that they were sure that they had the upper hand in the game when Tim Paine started sledging them.
“Then, what happened was, my back became stiff and I could not move. They made a mistake. If they had pitched it up to me, I might have edged or found it difficult, I feel. They thought to scare us off by hitting us everywhere by bouncing.
“It worked counterproductively. The more beaten I got, the more resolve I got. What more is left to be thrown at me? I got an inner resolve. Add to this, Tim Paine started banter as well. You can take it as you want, but at that point, Vihari and I thought that Australia has lost it,” Ravichandran Ashwin added.
After drawing the third Test, India won the last Test match in The Gabba and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.