Indian captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on the Australian duo of Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb on Monday after they saved the day for the visitors in the third Test match played at Ranchi.

Australia once looked in trouble when they lost four batsmen for a meagre 63 but Marsh and Handscomb played a vital role putting up 124 runs, taking away any hope of an outcome favouring India.

After the match Virat Kohli said, “We didn’t expect a 150-run lead. Yesterday two wickets, we thought we had a good chance, but credit to the two batsmen, they batted really well. Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness.”

“Credit to Australia for playing out the draw, but we played ourselves into a position where we could win,” he added.

The Indian captain was also content with the performances of his batsmen saying, “When you play only one format, you are always extra determined to make it count. Pujara is very motivated, and he is really good at Test batting.”

He went on to add, “This is the best I have watched him bat. Saha did it in West Indies, he did it in Calcutta as well, and here under pressure, he really stood up.”

The Delhi-born cricketer also lauded the outstanding partnership that Saha and Pujara played in India’s first innings, saying it was the best he has seen.

Kohli said that left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who returned a match haul of 9/178, was “unbelievable”.

“I don’t know about the lot of balls. Jadeja is unbelievable. He is a gun in the field too. I have never seen anyone bowl so economically for so long ever.”

On the upcoming and the final Test match of the ongoing series that is to be played in Dharamsala from March 25, Kohli said, “Dharamsala, no different from what I have done here. We have given our best here, and as long as we keep doing that, I am sure we will get ourselves into winning positions.”

First Published | 20 March 2017 8:05 PM
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