Sunil Gavaskar, former legendary Indian batsman on Sunday lauded all-rounders Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur for their outstanding effort with the bat, terming their defiant 123-run seventh-wicket collaboration a heartwarming revelation.
The duo combined for a record century stand to frustrate Australia’s bowling attack and rescue the visitors from a precarious position in the series decider Test at the Gabba.
Sunil Gavaskar: The Inspiring Partnership Was Above Expectations And Was Heartwarming Revelation
While Washington Sundar got a fifty on his debut and finished with 62, Shardul Thakur got 67 in his first batting innings in his 2nd Test. Sunil Gavaskar acknowledged that he didn’t expect the Indian duo to put up a fighting spirited batting display but enjoyed every run scored by them.
“They would have this big a partnership is something above expectations. I thought that they might just hang around a little bit, delay the inevitable but when they started to play the kind of shots that we saw from their bats. That was inspiring and it was a heartwarming revelation. Very very enjoyable to see the way they took the opportunities and scored the runs,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Six.
Shardul Thakur scored his maiden Test fifty and stitched a record-breaking 123-run partnership for the 7th wicket with off-spinner Washington Sundar to help India recover from 186 for 6 before getting out. The partnership was the highest for India for the 7th wicket at the Gabba. Their knocks helped India reduce the first innings deficit with Australia as India posted 336, trailing by 33 runs to Australia’s first innings.
Sunil Gavaskar: When One Values India Cap, One Does Something Extraordinary
The duo mixed caution with aggression and both batsmen were up to the task of capitalizing on the loose balls. Shardul Thakur got to his maiden Test half-century with a six finishing on 67 while Washington Sundar wasn’t far behind scoring 62 on debut as the duo negotiated short balls.
“What it tells you is that there are so many youngsters who are hungry for the India cap, the opportunity to play. Look at the way they have grabbed it with both hands. You could actually have the situation when the big boys are back then they may not play another Test for a long time but they have shown with this performance, in case they are needed, they will be ready for it,” Sunil Gavaskar added.
“It actually shows when you value that India cap, you will do something extraordinary. That’s what we saw today from these two,” Sunil Gavaskar further said.
Australia reached stumps at 21 without loss, an overall lead of 54. David Warner was unbeaten on 20. The series is level at 1-1 with two days remaining and it appears that India is on track to at least force a draw that would ensure it retains the Border-Gavaskar trophy.