Australia were 23-2 against India at stumps on day 4

Australia were 23-2 against India at stumps on day 4

Australia were 23-2 against India at stumps on day 4

Jadeja bowled the morning session unchanged, often getting the ball to jump. "Oh." he said in disbelief. I don't know the number of runs he has scored but he has contributed throughout. It was crucial for us, at such an important time. "Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness", he added.

"We have done that in the past as well".

Following two short-pitch deliveries that daunted the young hitter, Sharma deceived him as he bowled a full-length delivery to tap him LBW. "But yes, one should be aware of that", he said.

Australia skipper Steve Smith had made 178 not out in his side's first innings, but was one of the two wickets to fall in the first session of the final day. But a 124 run-partnership, that consumed 374 balls, between Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh ensured that the series was still level at 1-1. "If he bowled two more he was going to throw the ball off and get himself a new one from one end". Virat Kohli celebrated both wickets heartily, grabbing his shoulder in a clear sign he didn't appreciate Glenn Maxwell's antics on the preceding day. With just five overs remaining before India got back their allotted reviews, Pujara went upstairs, and the ball once again turned just about enough to miss leg.

Virat Kohli was injured on the opening day but returned to bat for India in the first innings.

Playing for draws has not been the Australian way. It's a matter of individual perception.

"We didn't need to bat in the second innings". They'd notice their positives.

Australia ground out a draw with Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh proving hard to dislodge after India removed Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith in the morning session.

At the post-match press conference, Skipper Virat Kohli appreciated the efforts put in by team India and praised the innings of Pujara and Saha while also top rated the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

While Marsh used his defence to perfection against Jadeja, Handscomb wasn't afraid to dance down to Ashwin, who bowled an ineffective spell. Here's why Kohli stuck to Jadeja! "This is the best I have watched him bat. I wanted to play more shots but I had to restrict myself because we wanted to build a partnership and I did not want to give my wicket away". "People don't understand his importance so much in this team and what a valuable player he is for us". He is willing to grind for his runs, he does not mind batting under pressure, he likes to take the challenge of batting long. "I thought we did that really well together today and I really enjoyed being out there with [Handscomb]". This season he has been outstanding. The last Test match India drew, was at Rajkot against England.

Saha, Kohli said, was similarly underappreciated. This game was no different. "You must ask why they have started taking his name". He has no problems in batting, after or before Ashwin. I'm not sure what happened with Ishant, he wasn't happy overall.

As a left-hand batsman, Marsh was particularly tested by the foot marks outside his off stump, which Ravindra Jadeja relentlessly tried to exploit.

So, going with the extra bowler could prove to be the best option. He was hitting the roughs consistently. "It was always attacking the batsmen", he said.

Pujara's fifth 150-plus knock saw him eclipse Rahul Dravid's record of facing 495 balls during the former captain's knock of 270 in a 2004 test against Pakistan. Jadeja swung his bat like a sword in his 'trademark style' as he waved the spectators. I would not change mine. Things could have ended a bit differently. "I think he's a terrific physio and he does a great job for them".