SCG draw is as big as win, Hanuma Vihari’s knock was more special to me than his century: Ajinkya Rahane


India captain Ajinkya Rahane on Monday stated the heroic draw that his aspect pulled off within the third Test in opposition to Australia was as good as a victory and particularly counseled Hanuma Vihari, who battled the excruciating ache of a hamstring damage to keep on the crease.

Vihari remained unbeaten on 23 off 161 balls and batted out more than 42 overs alongside Ravichandran Ashwin to save the Test match whereas chasing an unbelievable 407 for victory.

“…today we all saw that special knock. I think this knock was more special than his hundred (in 2019 in the West Indies) especially the way he batted after getting injured,” Rahane stated throughout the digital post-match press convention.

“To show that kind of motivation, hunger and hang in there for your team, that’s what shows the character of an individual. It’s all about what the team wants and credit to him. There was pressure and the way he batted was special,” stated Rahane, lauding the younger man from Andhra Pradesh.

For Rahane, the credit score of the draw goes to all these, who carried out in strain conditions responding to the crew’s necessities.

“This is as good as successful a Test match. When you come overseas and play a match like this, it was actually special as I stated. It’s as good as victory.

“Credit to Vihari, Ashwin, (Rishabh) Pant, (Cheteshwar) Pujara, the way they batted. Rohit (Sharma) at the start. Everyone chipped in but credit to those two guys in the end.”

Pant, who has copped a lot flak previously few months, got here good on Monday with his exhilarating 97-run knock and the skipper couldn’t have been happier for him.

“The way he played the knock was really good and unfortunately he was out on 97. Yes, he can drop catches but as long as he is learning, that is very important. I am really happy for Rishabh for the way he batted today. It was a really special knock.”

Pant was promoted to No.5 on the day and Rahane gave him credit score for executing the plan to perfection.

“As captain and crew administration, you may make methods but it surely’s upto particular person to execute that plan (No.5). Rishabh did that for us.

“The way he counter-attacked was really good to see and about Rishabh’s character, we know that he can actually win the game for us in any situation. We had that belief, he is improving day by day as a cricketer,” the skipper appeared impressed.

Rahane stated that after each Pant and Pujara have been dismissed, the crew determined that it’s going to go for a draw contemplating Vihari had injured his hamstring.

“The means Rishabh and Pujara have been going, we wanted to take one session at a time. After Rishabh and Pujara received out, sadly Vihari had that damage and due to that, he had to play a sure form of position.

“As I said earlier, this is as good as a victory for us.”

The captain did admit that throughout the last few overs, they have been actually counting every supply in pleasure.

“Last five or six overs we were counting down (deliveries). Apart from that, we were all sure about Ashwin’s ability and how good he is as a batsman,” he stated.

“The message during tea break was one over at a time, let’s not think too far ahead and in the last five or six overs, we were counting each and every delivery.”

While he sidestepped queries on Steve Smith attempting to allegedly create footmarks with his spikes, he did discuss his disappointment with racist abuses hurled at his teammates on days three and 4.

“We have lodged a complaint and I spoke to the match referee and umpires whatever I had to speak, whatever happened is not acceptable at all and shouldn’t happen anywhere in the world and we were upset about it,” Rahane said.


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