Former England captain, Michael Vaughan applauds Team India for the character they have shown on their trip to Australia. After the batsman put on an unbelievable display of resilience on the fifth day in the third Test in Sydney, it was the bowlers, first with the ball and then Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar with the bat in the ongoing Test in Brisbane.
At the Gabba, India was forced to field a young and inexperienced bowling attack – all the five first-choice bowlers were injured by the last Test – but still manage to dismiss Australia for less than 400. Batting wise India started the third day on a score of 62/2; post-lunch the visitors were struggling at 186/6. With a longish tail, a big trail looked inevitable.
However, Shardul Thakur playing his second Test, and Washington Sundar on debut forged a comeback and kept India in the game and the series with a 123-run partnership – both notched up their respective maiden Test fifties.
India have a very strong bench of players: Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the Indian team’s ‘remarkable’ character. Vaughan points out that the visitors, despite battling a plethora of injuries have shown a great amount of resilience and haven’t given up.
The fact that only two Indian players, namely Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, have played in all the 4 Tests – rest, many are injured, a few dropped on inconsistency, and Virat Kohli not available – but still, Australia is struggling to win matches astonishes the former England skipper. Vaughan lauds the bench strength of the Indian team.
“Full credit to India … The character they have had to show on this tour has been remarkable … also the resilience with so many injuries … a team is only as good as its bench many say … Well India have a very strong bench of players now … #AUSvIND” tweeted Michael Vaughan.
By stumps on Day 3, openers, David Warner and Marcus Harris have kept Australia unscathed in their second innings and the hosts have a lead of 54 runs in a Test which they must win to get hold of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy; any other result otherwise will see India return with the trophy.
Full credit to India … The character they have had to show on this tour has been remarkable … also the resilience with so many injuries … a team is only as good as its bench many say … Well India have a very strong bench of players now … #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2021