Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has praised India skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s “outstanding” tactical move to elevate Rishabh Pant up the order, enabling the vacationers to snatch a draw within the third Test.
The Indian batting unit displayed large grit on Monday because it held on for a memorable draw towards Australia within the third Test to depart the four-match sequence levelled at 1-1.
“The way India performed yesterday when they could have just shut up shop and played for a draw, but the Pant tactical move by Rahane I thought was outstanding,” 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 you will have a more in-depth 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 selections as captain on the final day which I believed tactically was actually good.
“Then Vihari came in, and he’s a very similar player to Pujara, they can just shut the game down and that’s exactly what he did,” Haddin added.
The 43-year-old additionally praised the struggle and character of the Indian crew. “Rahane hasn’t lost the game as captain, he was really brave yesterday to give India a little sniff. I thought the runs were always too much for them, but he gave them a sniff.”
The Indian crew has been marred by accidents within the ongoing tour and entered the third Test right here with out the providers of pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Regular skipper Virat Kohli is on paternity depart.
During the match, Pant (elbow), Ravichandran Ashwin (sore again), Ravindra Jadeja (fractured thumb) and Vihari (hamstring) additionally suffered accidents.
“They’re showing some really, really good character this India team. They’ve got a lot of injuries, they’ve lost their captain, they’ve lost three fast bowlers, Jadeja’s got a busted thumb. They’re showing a lot of character,” he added.