Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has praised India skipper Ajinkya Rahane‘s “excellent” tactical transfer to raise Rishabh Pant up the order, enabling the vacationers to grab a draw within the third Check.
The Indian batting unit displayed great grit on Monday because it held on for a memorable draw in opposition to Australia within the third Check to depart the four-match sequence levelled at 1-1.
“The way in which India carried out yesterday once they might have simply shut up store and performed for a draw, however the Pant tactical transfer by Rahane I assumed was excellent,” Haddin instructed ‘Sen Radio’.
Pant, who made a fluent 97 and raised hopes of an Indian win, was despatched forward of Hanuma Vihari at quantity 5.
“You probably have a better have a look at it, he despatched Pant out to attempt to transfer 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 assumed tactically was actually good.
“Then Vihari got here in, and he is a really related participant to Pujara, they will 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 workforce. “Rahane hasn’t misplaced the sport as captain, he was actually courageous yesterday to offer India a bit sniff. I assumed the runs have been at all times an excessive amount of for them, however he gave them a sniff.”
The Indian workforce 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 depart.
Throughout 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 workforce. They have lots of accidents, they’ve misplaced their captain, they’ve misplaced three quick bowlers, Jadeja’s acquired a busted thumb. They’re exhibiting lots of character,” he added.