Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday praised Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 23 runs knock off 161 balls in a match saving partnership of 148 runs with him in the 3rd Test match against Australia in SCG & termed his 23 runs knock as equal to scoring 100 runs.
Ashwin who made 39 runs off 128 balls & Vihari helped India to pull the match to a remarkable draw for India on day five of the third test match against Australia. HanumaVihari pulled his hamstring right in the start of his innings & was really struggling to score runs between the wickets.
“After Pujara and Pant’s wicket and with Vihari injured, it was going to be difficult to go for a win. Touring Australia is never easy so Vihari can be proud of himself. It was a knock equal to scoring a hundred,” Ashwin told Channel 7.
Ashwin said that he gained the confidence to bat well from the productive net sessions which helped him to perform well against Australia along with Vihari in the third test match.
“I have been batting well in the nets, so it was great to spend some time in the middle. Chasing 400 in Sydney was never going to be easy, as the ball was going up and down. That knock by Pant set us up,” he said.
Ashwin who could perform well in his previous four innings said that he gained the confidence from his batting record at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “I was just telling the batting coach (Vikram Rathour) during the lunch break that I have never left the SCG without a fifty, this is a venue where I have done well with the bat and today’s innings is right up there,” he said.
The astounding off-spinner said that facing the dangerous pacer trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood on day five was a tough job.
“In Test cricket, we don’t get a lot of draws, it was a really exciting last session. I just went to Pujara and told him, you sold me down the river in both the innings,” Ashwin said.
“Cummins was bowling in a different league altogether. There was a bit of double bounce, so it was difficult against Cummins. I think facing Bumrah in the nets is not easy. We have bowlers who can bowl in the 150s.”
After the match was over, Ashwin’s wife Prithi revealed in a tweet that he was struggling with acute pain last night.
“The man went to bed last night with a terrible back tweak and in unbelievable pain. He could not stand up straight when he woke up this morning. Could not bend down to tie his shoe laces. I am amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off today,” she wrote.