Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday equated Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 23 off 161 balls in a match-saving stand of 148 runs with him within the third Check in opposition to Australia right here to scoring a hundred.
Ashwin, who made 39 off 128 balls, and Vihari pulled off a outstanding draw for India on day 5 of the third Check in opposition to Australia. Vihari pulled his hamstring initially of his innings and was struggling to run between the wickets.
“After Pujara and Pant’s wicket and with Vihari injured, it was going to be tough to go for a win. Touring Australia isn’t simple so Vihari may be pleased with himself. It was a knock equal to scoring a hundred,” Ashwin instructed Channel 7.
Ashwin mentioned the boldness gained from productive web classes helped him lastly come good in opposition to Australia as he and Vihari saved the third Check.
“I’ve been batting effectively within the nets, so it was nice to spend a while within the center. Chasing 400 in Sydney was by no means going to be simple, because the ball was going up and down. That knock by Pant set us up,” he mentioned.
The 34-year-old Ashwin, who didn’t rating large in his earlier 4 innings, mentioned he additionally took confidence from his batting document on the SCG.
“I was simply telling the batting coach (Vikram Rathour) in the course of the lunch break that I’ve by no means left the SCG with out a fifty, that is a venue the place I’ve achieved effectively with the bat and at present’s innings is true up there.”
The premier off-spinner mentioned going through the formidable pacer trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood on day 5 was a powerful job.
“In Check cricket, we do not get a lot of attracts, it was a actually thrilling final session. I simply went to Pujara and instructed him, you bought me down the river in each the innings.
“Cummins was bowling in a completely different league altogether. There was a little bit of double bounce, so it was tough in opposition to Cummins. I feel going through Bumrah within the nets will not be simple. Now we have bowlers who can bowl within the 150s.”
In a tweet after the sport, Ashwin’s spouse Prithi revealed that he was combating acute again ache final night time.
“The person went to mattress final night time with a horrible again tweak and in unbelievable ache. He couldn’t rise up straight when he wakened this morning. Couldn’t bend down to tie his shoe laces. I’m amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off at present,” she wrote.