The 3rd Test is over of the ongoing India tour of Australia and we still do not have the series winner. This has not happened before. Has it? Well, it is the new Indian team which has what it takes to be a good test team. It knows to fight and fight well.
The Indian team could have easily rolled over and collapsed at Sydney. This team, though, has shown great character in their play. The best part is that each player has played his part. Be it the openers, the middle-order, youngsters like Pant and Vihari and of course absolutely commendable efforts by the bowlers.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane is absolutely proud of his team and why would’nt he be? He was leading the team had stars sitting out, an injury list that swelled further on the final day and an opposition bowling attack that was as cruel as it was good.
He lauded the efforts of the team and even said that this draw was as good as a win to him.
“This was as good as winning a Test match. When you come abroad and play a match like this, it is really special. As I said, it was as good as a victory,” a beaming Rahane said at the post-match press conference. “I think Melbourne was really special for us as a team, coming from the Adelaide loss, the way we bounced back and the way we showed our attitude and character on the field was really good.
“But coming here in Sydney, we were slightly behind the game initially and today we knew we had to chase 407 runs. But talk was all about fighting till the end. We had to keep our game really simple, not to think about outcome, result anything… just play one session at a time. The good thing about the team is everyone actually chipped in at the right time, everyone contributed well, as bowlers, batsmen… that’s what you want. This game was really special and really proud.” – Added Rahane