New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting lauded the disciplined and superb batting of lower-ranked Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur as the Indian team survived the fourth and final Test of the series.
In reply to Australia’s first innings score of 369, the Indian team was 186 for six at one stage, but then debutants Washington Sundar (62) and Shardul Thakur (67) scored 123 for the seventh wicket. With a decisive partnership, India managed to score 336 in the first innings.
“The kind of passion and patience he showed while batting was amazing,” Ponting told Cricket.com. He did not take the risk. That partnership was fantastic, exactly what the Indian team needed at the time. He was able to do that with some test experience. “
“Australia’s bowling lacked aggression and fast bowlers should use more shotpitch balls against the Indian lower order,” Ponting said. “I don’t think he was very aggressive, he didn’t throw a lot of shots,” he said. He gave the Indian batsman a chance to settle down. He threw the ball the way the batsman wanted.