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Team India hailed for showing character, rising above pain to draw SCG Test

India batted out 131 overs to draw the SCG Test and keep the series tied at 1-1 as Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin, both hobbling with injuries, held fort, and Ravindra Jadeja sat twiddling his dislocated thumb in hope that he would not have to come out.

By: Sports Desk | January 11, 2021 2:58:34 pm
ind vs ausRavichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari are congratulated at the end of the 3rd Test (AP)

The significance of India’s achievement in holding out for a draw at the SCG has been hailed by fans and experts. How the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin stretched themselves physically to earn a draw to keep the series level at 1-1, however, is only beginning to be clear now.

Ashwin’s wife revealed that on the morning he scored a 128-ball 39 to force one of India’s most memorable draws, he had woken up with a back in so much pain that he could not bend down to tie his shoelaces.

“The man went to bed last night with a terrible back tweak and in unbelievable pain. He could not stand up straight when he woke up this morning. Could not bend down to tie his shoe laces. I am amazed at what @ashwinravi99 pulled off today.”

India captain Ajinkya Rahane also lauded the character shown by his players in the face of adversity.

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