BCCI’s newly-elected vice-president, Rajeev Shukla has criticized team India for not winning the Sydney Test after the fifth day of the Test came to a close. The Test match ended in a draw as the world witnessed an Indian batting fight back as the middle-order helped team India salvage a draw in the Test match.
The Australians were right on top of the game after the fourth day of the Sydney Test came to an end. They just had to clinch 8 wickets on the final day. However, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara made life difficult for the Aussies as they staged a valiant fight back. After their dismissals, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin played one of the most gritty knocks in Indian cricket history to clinch a draw.
BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla Criticizes Team India For Not Winning The Sydney Test
Although the Indian cricket team stitched one of the bravest comebacks in their Test cricket history, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla did not seem happy with the draw. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Actually the middle order could have performed little better and we would have won the match.”
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Actually the middle order could have performed little better and we would have won the match. @BCCI
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) January 11, 2021
The Indian cricket team received a massive blow early on the final day as their skipper Ajinkya Rahane departed only on the second ball of the day. However, from thereon, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara took the responsibility and stitched together a humungous partnership that toiled the Australian bowlers.
Rishabh Pant Missed Out On A Well-Deserved Century
Both Pant and Pujara smashed half-centuries and at one stage, team India looked in the driver seat to win the Test match. However, Rishabh Pant departed right on the brink of his ton as he fell to Nathan Lyon on an individual score of 97 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara also departed soon after as he could manage to score 77 runs in the second innings.
After their wickets fell, Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin showed massive resilience and faced the Australian bowlers with a lot of flares. The Indian batsmen were dealt with massive blows on the body as the Aussies looked desperate and frustrated to win the Test match. However, the Indian batsmen left no room for error and salvaged a draw. The final Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy now takes place from January 15 at Brisbane.