Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has hailed the fighting spirit of Team India and said that it was heartening to see that the visitors were looking to make up for the Adelaide debacle.

India are in a very strong position to win the MCG Test (AP Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunil Gavaskar said that there was a fierce desire in Team India to win 2nd Test
  • Full marks to India’s fighting spirit: Sunil Gavaskar
  • At the end of Day 3, India are in a very strong position to win the Boxing Day Test

At the end of Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test, India are in a very strong position to win the match at iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and level the 4-match series 1-1. Despite losing the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane early, India managed to gain a handy 131-run lead over Australia for the second consecutive time in the series.

Later, Ajinkya Rahane’s men tightened the grip further over the match and took 6 wickets before the stumps were called. The conditions had become favourable for the batsmen but India’s bowling unit bowled on tight lines and showed tremendous skill to put the hosts on the back foot.

Considering India’s epic collapse (36 all out) in the 2nd innings of Adelaide Test and the consequent 8-wicket defeat, the fighting performance by Team India is nothing sort of spectacular. Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has lauded the team for the same.

71-year-old Gavaskar has said that losing heart was “very easy” after the Adelaide debacle but the character India players have shown is just “heartening”.

“The body language of the Indian team, right throughout despite losing Ajinkya Rahane early, the way the Indians were confident and the way Indians were totally committed to their task even when they came out to field, that was what stood out for me. I think there is a fierce desire in this team to make up for what happened in Adelaide Test, go level in this series and that was so heartening to see because it is very easy after a defeat like that to lose heart. That they haven’t is you know full marks to them,” Sunil Gavaskar told on Sony Networks.

With 4 wickets remaining, Australia have a lead of 2 runs over India in the second innings. A motivated Indian team will look to beat Australia and level the series in the 1st session of the Day 4 itself.



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