Vihari’s knock was equal to scoring a hundred: Ashwin
Sydney: Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday equated Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten 23 off 161 balls in a match-saving stand of 62 runs with him in the third Test against Australia here to scoring a hundred.
Ashwin, who made 39 off 128 balls, and Vihari pulled off a remarkable draw for India on day five of the third Test against Australia. Vihari pulled his hamstring at the start of his innings and was struggling to run between the wickets.
“After Pujara and Pant’s wicket and with Vihari injured, it was going to be difficult to go for a win. Touring Australia is never easy so Vihari can be proud of himself. It was a knock equal to scoring a hundred,” Ashwin told Channel 7.
Ashwin said the confidence gained from productive net sessions helped him finally come good against Australia as he and Vihari saved the third Test.
“I have been batting well in the nets, so it was great to spend some time in the middle. Chasing 400 in Sydney was never going to be easy, as the ball was going up and down. That knock by Pant set us up,” he said.
The 34-year-old Ashwin, who did not score big in his previous four innings, said he also took confidence from his batting record at the SCG.
“I was just telling the batting coach (Vikram Rathour) during the lunch break that I have never left the SCG without a fifty, this is a venue where I have done well with the bat and today’s innings is right up there.”