The vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rajeev Shukla received huge backlash on Twitter after he posted a tweet saying that the Indian middle-order should have performed better than they did against Australia on Day 5 of the third Test held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Indian middle-order led by Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin had helped India pull off a terrific draw from the jaws of defeat earlier and while there did seem like a glimmer of hope was there of pulling off an unlikely win, the former two’s dismissals led to Australia being favorites to walk away with the game.
However, Vihari and Ashwin offered dogged resistance and defended each and every ball that the relentless Aussie bowling attack bowled at them. The duo stayed firm for over 3 hours to secure a famous draw for the side. However, Rajeev Shukla felt that India should have gone for the win.
He tweeted saying, “Actually the middle order could have performed little better and we would have won the match.” His Twitter feed was soon flooded with flak from fans who defended the Indian middle-order for saving the Test match instead of risking a loss.