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IND vs AUS: Ashwin guided me like an elder brother in Sydney, says Vihari

R Ashwin was guiding me like an elder when both of us were battling to draw the third Test against Australia in Sydney, said Hanuma Vihari after India earned a respectable draw

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R Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari, India vs Australia
R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari during India vs Australia 3rd Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Photo: @navdeepsaini96

Ravichandran Ashwin was guiding me like an elder when both of us were battling to draw the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Monday, said after India earned a respectable draw.

"Batting that [last] session was a real experience for me. It was something you can only dream of: batting on a day five of a Test match; series is 1-1. If you can do it for the team, that satisfaction will slowly sink and then we will realise it how big an effort it was," Vihari, who scored a dogged 23 off 161 balls while battling hamstring, told bcci.tv

"I was really happy, as an elder brother he [Ashwin] was communicating like whenever he felt that I was a bit loose, he was telling me [to] let us focus on one [ball] at a time. Take it as deep as possible, 10 balls at a time...it is really special," he said.

Ashwin scored a fabulous 39 off 128 balls while bearing shooting back pain.

Vihari said had Cheteshwar Pujara been there till the end, India might have won the game.

"Taking a draw out of it was a fabulous result for us. I felt like I was not injured and Pujju [Pujara] would have been there, we would have had a result, it would have been a fabulous win. But nonetheless 10 points out of this is a massive result for all of us," he said.

Pujara scored 77 off 205 before getting out as the last Indian batsman, before Vihari and Ashwin ensured the draw.

The four-match Test series is levelled 1-1. The fourth and final Test starts here on Friday.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, January 13 2021. 12:30 IST