Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has praised India skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s “excellent” tactical move to elevate Rishabh Pant up the order, enabling the vacationers to snatch a draw within the third Check.
The Indian batting unit displayed great grit on Monday because it held on for a memorable draw towards Australia within the third Check to go away the four-match collection levelled at 1-1.
“The best way India carried out yesterday after they might have simply shut up store and performed for a draw, however the Pant tactical move by Rahane I assumed was excellent,” Haddin informed ‘Sen Radio’.
Pant, who made a fluent 97 and raised hopes of an Indian win, was despatched forward of Hanuma Vihari at quantity 5.
“If in case you have a better take a look at it, he despatched Pant out to attempt to move the sport ahead and Pant did precisely that. He performed courageous and he made Tim Paine make some choices as captain on the final day which I assumed tactically was actually good.
“Then Vihari got here in, and he is a really related participant to Pujara, they’ll simply shut the sport down and that’s precisely what he did,” Haddin added.
The 43-year-old additionally praised the struggle and character of the Indian staff. “Rahane hasn’t misplaced the sport as captain, he was actually courageous yesterday to give India just a little sniff. I assumed the runs have been all the time an excessive amount of for them, however he gave them a sniff.”
The Indian staff has been marred by accidents within the ongoing tour and entered the third Check right here with out the providers of pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Common skipper Virat Kohli is on paternity go away.
Through the match, Pant (elbow), Ravichandran Ashwin (sore again), Ravindra Jadeja (fractured thumb) and Vihari (hamstring) additionally suffered accidents.
“They’re exhibiting some actually, actually good character this India staff. They have a variety of accidents, they’ve misplaced their captain, they’ve misplaced three quick bowlers, Jadeja’s bought a busted thumb. They’re exhibiting a variety of character,” he added.