Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin both blunted the Australian bowling unit on a tense final day of the Sydney Test that ended in an epic draw. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin both played for 42 overs and consumed 256 balls as India managed to save Sydney’s test after being late for most of the test match. Both drummers were also struggling with injuries. Hanuma Vihari suffered a grade 2 hamstring tear that excluded him not only from the Brisbane test but also from the England series. Ravichandran Ashwin also suffered from back pain and his fitness is also in doubt. At one point India was on the verge of securing an unlikely victory as Rishabh Pant beat 97 and he got valuable support from Cheteshwar Pujara who once again managed to score a wonderful 77.
The platform posed by Rishabh Pant gave India an outward chance of victory, but with his dismissal and crippling injuries to both Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin, India chose to play it safe and they stood down. are beaten to a draw in what was considered the best rearguard action by the Indian cricket team for a long time. However, some people were not happy with the way the outcome turned out. West Bengal BJP MP Babul Supriyo took to his Twitter account and said: “Playing 109 balls to score 7! It’s excruciating to say the least … not keeping one option to win, even from a distance, is criminal. PS: I know I don’t know anything about cricket “
Play 109 balls to score 7! This is excruciating to say the least • Hanuma Bihari not only killed any chance for India to achieve a historic victory but also murdered Cricket … PS I know I don’t know anything about cricket
– Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) January 11, 2021
To this, Hanuma Vihari had an elegant response to the BJP deputy in which he closed it with just two words tweeting, “Hanuma Vihari”. The response earned him massive applause on Twitter and he was already the Indian cricket fan’s toast after his epic rearguard.
* Hanuma Vihari
– Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) January 13, 2021
Still alive series
With Ravindra Jadeja injured and him in the next batting roster, Vihari, continued to play despite a hamstring pull. The batsman dug deep and frustrated the Aussie bowlers with a stubborn Ashwin on the other end.
The determination shown by Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India keep the series alive ahead of the Brisbane test. However, with the injury list already piling up and Australia not losing a single test in Brisbane in more than 30 years, India faces a daunting task to ensure it maintains the Border-Gavaskar trophy for a few more years.