India vs Australia, 4th Test: R Ashwin heaps praise on Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha on Day 3

Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday praised teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha for helping India secure a crucial first-innings lead against Australia in the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

PTI, Mar, 27 2017

Dharamsala: Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday praised teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha for helping India secure a crucial first-innings lead against Australia in the fourth Test in Dharamsala.

Set a target of 106 to win the match and with it the series, India were 19 for no loss at stumps, needing another 87.

Ravichandran Ashwin. AP

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets in the second session of Day 3. AP

"It was magical. You couldn't have asked for more. Jaddu (Jadeja) and Saha batted really well. We get our noses ahead," Ashwin said after the proceedings on Day 3.

"This morning was really special. Saha and Jaddu (Jadeja) were fantastic. It has been a magical season. I told Jaddu there was a hundred for the taking.

"He is a very talented batsman, if he puts his head down, he can get that hundred. Hope there is more tight batting from Vijay and Rahul, and that they can get fifties for themselves," he added.

Ashwin, who picked up three wickets in the second session, also heaped praise on pacers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for bowling tight spells.

"Great spells by Umesh and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar). Australia batted really well yesterday too, we had to buckle down," Ashwin said.

India need another 87 runs to wrest the Border-Gavaskar Trophy back from the Australians, who had regained it in the 2014-15 series with a 2-0 win in the four-Test rubber.

Published Date: Mar 27, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 27, 2017



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