India vs Australia: Key takeaways for India from the third Test in Sydney

The third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney concluded in a draw. Here are the major learnings for Team India from the third Test match.

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Indian and Australian players shake hands after the third Test match ended in Sydney.

Indian players Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin nearly reiterated what Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did against Australia back then in 2001 at Eden Garden. As the third Test in Sydney is now drawn, the Border-Gavaskar 2020-21 series is now 1-1, with one match in a tie.

The match that saw the downpour on its first day had so much to offer from both the sides, as the game proceeded in the upcoming days of play.

As team India pulls up its socks for the upcoming test match in Brisbane, let’s delve deep to surf, what worked well for India in the third Test in Sydney, and what all can come handy. 

Opening pair

Without a second thought, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were a boon as partners. They complimented each other and collectively performed well in both the innings to give India a good start.

Number 3 and 4 spot

Cheteshwar Pujara deems a perfect fit for the role assigned. His performance would be much better if runs come at a slightly lesser number of balls.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane is defining his role assigned quite decently. The duo worked well and are good-to-go at this spot for the next game.

Middle-order batsman

The middle-order composition is a little sceptical. Hanuma Vihari should be replaced for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Vihari has suffered a hamstring injury. Secondly, his contribution in the three Tests has been negligible.

Wicketkeeper

 Rishabh Pant’s buttery fingers behind the stumps should see Wriddhiman Saha in place. Clearly, Pant is a batsman first and a keeper second, while Saha has an opposite composition i.e. keeper over batsman.

All-rounder

Unfortunately, the star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a thumb injury during the third Test. Ravichandran Ashwin will have to play his role as an all-rounder and in fact, lived up to the same as was seen during this Test match.

Bowlers

Ashwin, along with Jadeja, was deceptive as usual. Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah are fine in their current form, but Navdeep Saini has leaked many runs.

What changes could be made in the fourth Test?

With the limited players at the bench, Mayank Agarwal might feature in place of Hanuma Vihari. 

Besides, as India suffered a major blow relating to Jadeja’s injury, India will have to look for a replacement. Since Agarwal might play in place of Vihari, Pant might feature in Jadeja’s place. Though Pant isn’t a bowler, and thus not a perfect all-rounder, there isn’t much option who could fit as an ideal all-rounder in the current scenario.

India could have called all-rounders but the strict quarantine restrictions on inviting players overseas, India wouldn’t be able to fit an all-rounder for his place.  

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