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Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has praised India skipper Ajinkya Rahane's 'outstanding' tactical move to elevate Rishabh Pant up the order

Ajinkya Rahane | India vs Australia | India cricket team

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Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri during practice session. Photo: @BCCI
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri during practice session. Photo: @BCCI

Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has praised India skipper Ajinkya Rahane's "outstanding" tactical move to elevate Rishabh Pant up the order, enabling the tourists to snatch a draw in the the third Test.

The Indian batting unit displayed tremendous grit on Monday as it hung on for a memorable draw against Australia in the third Test to leave the four-match series levelled at 1-1.

"The way India performed yesterday when they could have just shut up shop and played for a draw, but the Pant tactical move by Rahane I thought was outstanding," Haddin told 'Sen Radio'.

Pant, who made a fluent 97 and raised hopes of an Indian win, was sent ahead of Hanuma Vihari at number five.

"If you have a closer look at it, he sent Pant out to try and move the game forward and Pant did exactly that.

"He played brave and he made Tim Paine make some decisions as captain on the last day which I thought tactically was really good.

"Then Vihari came in, and he's a very similar player to Pujara, they can just shut the game down and that's exactly what he did," Haddin added.

The 43-year-old also praised the fight and character of the Indian team.

"Rahane hasn't lost the game as captain, he was really brave yesterday to give India a little sniff. I thought the runs were always too much for them, but he gave them a sniff."

The Indian team has been marred by injuries in the ongoing tour and entered the third Test here without the services of pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Regular skipper Virat Kohli is on paternity leave.

During the match, Pant (elbow), Ravichandran Ashwin (sore back), Ravindra Jadeja (fractured thumb) and Vihari (hamstring) also suffered injuries.

"They're showing some really, really good character this India team. They've got a lot of injuries, they've lost their captain, they've lost three fast bowlers, Jadeja's got a busted thumb. They're showing a lot of character," he added.

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First Published: Wed, January 13 2021. 14:18 IST