Former India opener, Virender Sehwag is astonished by the Indian team’s tenacity in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series against Australia. Just as everyone thought the batsman couldn’t be more resilient than they were on the fifth day in the third Test in Sydney; on Day 3 in Brisbane, it was two bowlers – Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar – who put up a show of grit and determination.
India started the third day at the Gabba on the score of 62/2; halfway post-lunch the visitors were sized down to 186/6. With a longish tail, a big trail looked inevitable. However, Thakur and Sundar, the former playing his second Test and the latter his first, put on an inspiring 123-run stand and notched up their respective maiden Test fifties.
The duo endured the Aussie fast bowlers, took their blows on the body – Indian fans gasped in worry when Thakur called the physio to attend his finger after copping a blow from a bouncer – and even attacked Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
Indian team is so daring and brave: Virender Sehwag
The pair brought down the trail significantly, and by the time India were bowled out, the hosts had a first-innings lead of just 33 runs – Tim Paine would have expected a lot more lead than what they got after having India 6 down for 186.
This Indian team is filled with some otherwordly courage. That the series is still level and is down to a final inning shoot-out despite losing the captain and talisman batsman Virat Kohli after the first Test and players to wholesale of injuries speaks about the grit and character of the squad.
Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to laud the effort of Ajinkya Rahane’s men. He is in awe of the courage shown by all the players of the ‘Dabanng’ Indian team. ‘Daring’ and ‘Brave’ are the words the swashbuckling opener uses to describe the team. He is also impressed by Shardul Thakur’s batting as he smashed Mitchell Starc for boundaries and brought up his fifty with a six off Nathan Lyon.
“If there is one word to describe the courage of this Indian team, it’s Dabanng. So daring and brave. Ati Sundar Thakur,” tweeted Virender Sehwag.
At stumps on Day 3, the openers, David Warner and Marcus Harris keep Australia unscathed in their second innings and have a lead of 54 runs.
If there is one word to describe the courage of this Indian team, it’s Dabanng. So daring and brave. Ati Sundar Thakur .
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 17, 2021