The superb hitting display of No.7 and No.8 was applauded by cricketers around the world.
Former Indian cricketer Dodda Ganesh believes that Indian tailors are no longer outsiders who can be sent back to the lodge cheaply by any bowling attack in the world.
“This is a good sign for Indian cricket. The two newcomers Thakur and Sundar fought when India needed a big partnership. They were the men of crisis for the Indian team in Brisbane,” said Ganesh told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
Sundar and Shardul were both tested by short balls, bouncers and quick deliveries by the Australian rapids, but the duo, with their stubborn stay, hampered Australia’s plans with their brave efforts. Shardul scored a brilliant 67 on 115 balls and sewed a solid 123-point stand with Sundar before being played by Pat Cummins. His sleeves were dotted with 9 limits and 2 sixes.
Sundar (62 runs on 144 balls) became the second Indian cricketer to score more than 50 points in a first inning at bat and to take three wickets or more in a first inning of bowling. Dattu Phadkar was the first Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. He scored 51 points and was 3/14 against Australia at SCG in 1947/48.
Both beaters ripped apart the Aussie attack with ease, securing their career best scores.
In photos: Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur brings India back to Brisbane Test
Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur gave India a chance to win the draw they need in the fourth test against Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. (Photo BCCI)
“It’s not an overnight miracle. It is hard work and dedication for 365 days. Indian tailors are no longer tailors who will be blown away two or three times. Shardul and Sundar have proven it. They can go bowling and take wickets. They can also score points with the bat, ”added Ganesh, who played 4 tests and 1 ODI for India between 1997 and 2005.
“Bowlers these days barely focused on the stick. These days you have handguns, a bowling machine, and support staff. We have to thank the BCCI, the National Cricket Associations and the NCA for their vision. They are bringing new things and technology to Indian cricket. They should all be credited for their success, ”he said.
Shardul Thakur (Photo PTI)
It was also the fourth example of India forming a partnership booth of over 100 people on Australian soil for the seventh window.
Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja (204 races in Sydney, 2018/19), Vijay Hazare and Hemu Adhikari (132 races in Adelaide, 1947/48), and Mohd Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar (101 races in Adelaide 1991/92) are the others the pairs that formed over 100 represent the seventh wicket in Australia for India earlier.
The partnership between Shardul and Sundar is also the highest for the seventh window for India at this location. The duo broke the record of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar. Dev and Prabhakar had formed a 58-race partnership in 1991.
Washington Sundar (AFP Photo)
“Sundar is a perfect all-rounder. I have seen his performance in the TNPL and national circuit. Shardul is a committed cricketer. Playing for Mumbai he gave many winning performances. It is a very big sign and positive for Indian Cricket. We don’t have Ishant Sharma, Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bumrah and now these kids have done so well. They are basically bowlers, but the way they hit it was exceptional. They had the opportunity and seized it with confidence, then Sundar and Shardul both showed commitment, ”Ganesh told TimesofIndia.com.
“These players are to be applauded for their performances. Due to COVID they barely had a chance to train. After that it was IPL and then the Australian series. A cricketer needs a pitch. game to train and practice. game after a long time and that too without much training you will get injuries. But the way the Indian team played is outstanding. I am totally impressed. It is incredible, ”said the 47-year-old cricketer.