The third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy ended in a draw after a thrilling India rearguard. And India legend Virender Sehwag had a point to make to former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
Since his retirement from all forms of cricket, Sehwag has become a social media sensation. The 42-year-old is known for his sarcasm and impeccable comic timing. And Ponting became his latest victim.
When Ponting was asked what score Australia required before declaring, he replied: “(Australia) are 310 ahead at the moment but I honestly think India won’t make 200 in the second innings.”
Australia captain Tim Paine obviously agreed, declaring at 312 for 6. Who can blame them? By the end of Day 4, India had lost their openers and, with Ravindra Jadeja (dislocated thumb) and Rishabh Pant (elbow) both injured, all seemed lost.
Losing Ajinkya Rahane in the second over of Day 5 only made things appear more forlorn for India. However, Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara managed to bat out 261 deliveries.
Sehwag sends cheeky tweet
When India crossed the 200-run mark, Sehwag tweeted a picture of him cheekily peering over Ponting’s shoulder and repeating the Australian’s comment accompanied by the hashtag #AskRicky:
India went on to draw the game to keep the series level. Initially, when Pant was at the crease, India went on the offensive to try to win the game. The left-hander scored 97 at a strike rate of 82.2.
After his dismissal, however, India went back into their shell and only scored off easy deliveries. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin showed a straight bat for 42 overs to secure a famous draw a certain Mr Ponting didn’t see coming.
Yes, 42 overs, and 200 runs wasn’t much of a problem either. At stumps, India were 334 for five.