Former Australian skipper and batting legend Ricky Ponting has been subject to some brutal trolling by Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer after the Aussie’s prediction about India’s second innings was proved to be completely wrong. Ponting had emphatically declared on Twitter that India would not even cross 200 runs in the fourth innings.
However, he was made to eat humble pie, as Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara put on a match-saving partnership of 148 runs for the fourth wicket. While Pant scored an attacking 97 off just 118 balls, Pujara was as solid as ever, consuming 205 balls to score 77 runs as India comfortably secured a draw, losing just 5 wickets in their second innings.
Before going further, let us look at Ponting’s exact prediction about India’s second innings on Twitter. A Twitter user had asked Ponting as to what would be a good score for Australia to declare, and that is when Ponting had made his prediction that India would not even put on 200 runs on the board and Australia already had a huge total to defend. (Australia had a lead of 310 runs at that time).
Here is Ricky Ponting’s prediction
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 10, 2021
Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer roast Ponting
Australia’s highest run-scorer in Tests was subject to some ridicule by two Indian openers- Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer. While Sehwag put out a picture of Pant mockingly looking at Ponting after his incredible counter-attacking innings, Jaffer put out a funny picture on Twitter, stating that the best time to have actually deleted the tweet was immediately after posting it.
Here are the tweets by both Sehwag and Jaffer
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 11, 2021
However, Ponting is not the person to back down and take it. The former Australian skipper has responded to the ridicule and said that the pitch had not deteriorated as much as he had thought. He also added that the approach that Rishabh Pant took was the perfect one, where he counter-attacked and played aggressively.
This is Ponting’s response on Twitter
So much for the prediction of India scoring under 200, this pitch hasn't deteriorated anywhere near what I was expecting. Like the way Rishabh Pant's playing, it's the perfect approach to take in these conditions. And now it's game on #AUSvIND
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) January 11, 2021
The Indian side played out a staggering 131 overs, losing just 5 wickets in the second innings to claim a very famous draw on Australian soil. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari added 62 runs for the sixth wicket and remained impenetrable. But more importantly, they batted out 42.4 overs, as India managed to keep Australia on the field for the entire day, losing just 5 wickets in the second innings. The visitors finished the match with the scorecard reading 334/5.
Now, the bandwagon moves to the Gabba in Brisbane, with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the line. And for the record, Australia have not lost a single Test at The Gabba since 1988. And, needless to say, it is their fortress. It remains to be seen if India can breach it, and create history yet again.
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