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Sunil Gavaskar praises young Indian bowlers for their remarkable performance

January 17, 2021

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Ankit Seth

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar lavished praise on the young Indian bowling unit after the Brisbane Test's first innings. The inexperienced bowlers have not let the hosts post a mammoth score. In the absence of India's crucial players Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja, the side handed over T Natarajan and Washington Sundar the responsibilities in the final Test. 

The visitors, who decided to field in five bowlers, have risen to the occasion and dismissed Australia for 369 runs in their first essay. Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and Natarajan managed to grab three wickets each. All three young bowlers were playing their first Test match at Brisbane and performed remarkably in their very first outing. Mohammed Siraj also picked one dismissal in the first innings.

Sunil Gavaskar further stated that the inexperienced Indian bowling unit pulled through well after Tim Paine and Cameron Green had given Australia a good start in the morning session. Shardul Thakur successfully broke the partnership as he dismissed Tim Paine on day 2 of The Gabba Test. Later, Washington Sundar claimed Green's wicket. The Australian tail-enders managed to score 55 runs before Natarajan dismissed Josh Hazelwood to end the innings.

India has good players for the future: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar believes that the team has good players for the future that could be relied upon. He stated this after the impressive performances of the bowlers. The men in yellow took a 54-run lead against India on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane. Australia were 21 in six overs at end of the day. David Warner and Marcus Harris will continue the batting for the side on Day 4.

However, the day belonged to the Indians. The batting duo of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur rescued the side from a precarious situation to help score 336. The Indian side started the day on a slow note with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scoring only 25 and 37 runs. Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant also tried to add some momentum but were outsmarted by Australia's bowling department. It was only because of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur that India managed to stage a turnaround. 

On his Test debut, the 21-year-old smashed 62 runs off 144 balls. His remarkable innings consisted of seven boundaries and a six. On the other end, Thakur also recorded his maiden Test half-century. The 29-year-old scored 67 from 115 deliveries including nine fours and two sixes. For the Australian side, Josh Hazlewood was the leading wicket-taker with five wickets against India. The men in yellow will be aiming to gain some momentum on Day 4 and extend their lead.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth