Former India opener, Sunil Gavaskar speaks high words of appreciation for the Indian team after India, led by Ajinkya Rahane, have a strong grip over the ongoing Boxing Day Test in Melbourne by the end of day 3.
India bowled Australia out for 195 on day 1. In reply, on the back of a memorable century from Ajinkya Rahane and vital contributions from almost all batters, India posted a total of 326. The bowlers once again bowled exceptionally well and the hosts have lost 6 wickets with a lead of just 2 runs.
India is on the verge of a victory in Melbourne and will start Day 4 with expectations to level the series. That such a powerful, dominating, and collective performance has come just a week after the team was dismissed for its lowest ever Test total has impressed Sunil Gavaskar.
There is a fierce desire in this team: Sunil Gavaskar
After the third day’s play, Gavaskar heaped rich praises on the Indian team, who had a first-innings lead of 131 runs, for their aggressive and positive body language when they took the field in Australia’s second innings.
The 1983 World Cup winner opines that India has a profound desire to shrug off the Adelaide fiasco of 36 all out by orchestrating a victory in Melbourne. The 71-year-old is pleased to see the Indian team filled with positivity despite a humiliating loss in Adelaide.
“The body language of the Indian team, right throughout despite losing Ajinkya Rahane early, the way the Indians were confident and the way Indians were totally committed to their task even when they came out to field, that was what stood out for me,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Sports Networks.
“I think there is a fierce desire in this team to make up for what happened in Adelaide Test, go level in this series and that was so heartening to see because it is very easy after a defeat like that to lose heart. That they haven’t is you know full marks to them,” Sunil Gavaskar added.