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India missed a fifth bowler in drawn 3rd Test,

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Legendary feels missed a fifth bowler in the third and penultimate cricket Test against which ended in a tame draw, here today.

Gavaskar was of the opinion that with Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandra Saha and in good nick, can afford to bring in a fifth bowler in the playing eleven to share the burden of its four-men bowling attack.



"India's batting has benefited by the fact that you have somebody like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, somebody like a Wriddhiman Saha at No 6, 7 and 8. And if Jadeja can come score runs as he has done in this series then I think it really makes sense to go back to five bowlers and six batsmen theory," Gavaskar told

"Today clearly missed a fifth bowler. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out," he said.

The former captain also differed with captain Steve Smith and said it is not the visitors but who has the momentum on its side going into the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala starting Saturday.

"I think the momentum is still with because they are ones who came back, having batted second and chasing 450 plus score. They might not have bowled out but I think the momentum definitely is still with India," Gavaskar said.

"At the end of the day momentum doesn't mattter much because after the Bangalore win we thought has the momentum but things didn't go well. So what happens on the day is important."

Gavaskar also praised Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh for their their gritty batting effort to bail out in the game.

The duo stitched match-saving 124 runs for the fifth wicket to deny a win.

"I think the way these two (Handscomb and marsh) batted, they denied a win. It was good old fashioned Test match batting. It didn't mean that they were playing for a draw from the first ball of the game. It's fine when you find that you are not in a position to win then it's better to save the game and live to fight for another day. And that's exactly what the Australians have done because if would have lost today, it would have been an uphill climb. Now they have an opportunity to win the series," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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India missed a fifth bowler in drawn 3rd Test,

Legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels India missed a fifth bowler in the third and penultimate cricket Test against Australia which ended in a tame draw, here today. Gavaskar was of the opinion that with Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandra Saha and Ravindra Jadeja in good nick, India can afford to bring in a fifth bowler in the playing eleven to share the burden of its four-men bowling attack. "India's batting has benefited by the fact that you have somebody like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, somebody like a Wriddhiman Saha at No 6, 7 and 8. And if Jadeja can come score runs as he has done in this series then I think it really makes sense to go back to five bowlers and six batsmen theory," Gavaskar told NDTV. "Today clearly India missed a fifth bowler. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out," he said. The ... Legendary feels missed a fifth bowler in the third and penultimate cricket Test against which ended in a tame draw, here today.

Gavaskar was of the opinion that with Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandra Saha and in good nick, can afford to bring in a fifth bowler in the playing eleven to share the burden of its four-men bowling attack.

"India's batting has benefited by the fact that you have somebody like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, somebody like a Wriddhiman Saha at No 6, 7 and 8. And if Jadeja can come score runs as he has done in this series then I think it really makes sense to go back to five bowlers and six batsmen theory," Gavaskar told

"Today clearly missed a fifth bowler. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out," he said.

The former captain also differed with captain Steve Smith and said it is not the visitors but who has the momentum on its side going into the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala starting Saturday.

"I think the momentum is still with because they are ones who came back, having batted second and chasing 450 plus score. They might not have bowled out but I think the momentum definitely is still with India," Gavaskar said.

"At the end of the day momentum doesn't mattter much because after the Bangalore win we thought has the momentum but things didn't go well. So what happens on the day is important."

Gavaskar also praised Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh for their their gritty batting effort to bail out in the game.

The duo stitched match-saving 124 runs for the fifth wicket to deny a win.

"I think the way these two (Handscomb and marsh) batted, they denied a win. It was good old fashioned Test match batting. It didn't mean that they were playing for a draw from the first ball of the game. It's fine when you find that you are not in a position to win then it's better to save the game and live to fight for another day. And that's exactly what the Australians have done because if would have lost today, it would have been an uphill climb. Now they have an opportunity to win the series," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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India missed a fifth bowler in drawn 3rd Test,

Legendary feels missed a fifth bowler in the third and penultimate cricket Test against which ended in a tame draw, here today.

Gavaskar was of the opinion that with Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandra Saha and in good nick, can afford to bring in a fifth bowler in the playing eleven to share the burden of its four-men bowling attack.

"India's batting has benefited by the fact that you have somebody like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, somebody like a Wriddhiman Saha at No 6, 7 and 8. And if Jadeja can come score runs as he has done in this series then I think it really makes sense to go back to five bowlers and six batsmen theory," Gavaskar told

"Today clearly missed a fifth bowler. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out," he said.

The former captain also differed with captain Steve Smith and said it is not the visitors but who has the momentum on its side going into the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala starting Saturday.

"I think the momentum is still with because they are ones who came back, having batted second and chasing 450 plus score. They might not have bowled out but I think the momentum definitely is still with India," Gavaskar said.

"At the end of the day momentum doesn't mattter much because after the Bangalore win we thought has the momentum but things didn't go well. So what happens on the day is important."

Gavaskar also praised Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh for their their gritty batting effort to bail out in the game.

The duo stitched match-saving 124 runs for the fifth wicket to deny a win.

"I think the way these two (Handscomb and marsh) batted, they denied a win. It was good old fashioned Test match batting. It didn't mean that they were playing for a draw from the first ball of the game. It's fine when you find that you are not in a position to win then it's better to save the game and live to fight for another day. And that's exactly what the Australians have done because if would have lost today, it would have been an uphill climb. Now they have an opportunity to win the series," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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