The Indian batsmen need to bring their ace game on Day 3 of the third Test of the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground if they want to clinch the game and the series. Batting first, Australia made the most out of the flat pitch of SCG as they posted a mammoth total of 338 runs on the board.
Steve Smith regained his form as he went on to play a match-defining knock of 131 runs. For India, the spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 4 scalps under his belt. Jasprit Bumrah and debutant Navdeep Saini had two each to their names while Mohammed Siraj also picked one wicket.
At the end of Day 2, India were 96/2 with both openers Shubman Gill (50) and Rohit Sharma (26) dismissed in the 3rd session. Speaking in the virtual press conference, Jadeja laid out a strategy that the Indian batsmen should follow on Day 3. The all-rounder believes that the visiting players need to spend time on the crease and make most out of the loose chances provided by the Australian bowlers.
“According to me, the approach [of the Indian batsmen on Day 3 should be kept simple. Our batsmen need to spend time on the crease since Australia’s bowling attack is really strong. All 4 Australian bowlers are really good and they won’t provide much lose chances to the Indian batsmen.
So our batsmen need to be patient and spend ample time on the wicket. According to me, this theory fits into what India needs to do with the bat on Day 3. Just spend enough time on the crease and make the most of whatever loose delivery comes,” Jadeja stated in the virtual press conference.
All batsmen in the lineup will be important for India tomorrow: Ravindra Jadeja
Ajinkya Rahane is playing at five runs while Cheteshwar Pujara has nine runs under his bag. If India wants to win the third Test then the aforementioned two cricketers need to step-up and lead from the front. When asked how crucial it is for India that one out of Rahane or Pujara scores a daddy hundred, Jadeja reckoned that not only just two players but all the batsmen have to make a solid effort to post a good total on the board.
“I wouldn’t say just one of these two batsmen. All batsmen in the lineup will be important for India tomorrow. To get to a good total from this point, India need a solid team contribution from the batsmen. So not just one daddy hundred, all batsmen need to contribute according to their responsibility,” Ravindra Jadeja concluded.
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