The third Test between India and Australia is now taking place in Indore, and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar wasn’t too happy with India captain Rohit Sharma’s choice to not bowl to Ravichandran Ashwin early in the opening session on Day 2. It should be noted that Ashwin joined the attack just before drinks in the first session. India needs early wickets on Day 2, therefore Gavaskar criticized Rohit for not using Ashwin enough and focusing instead on the match-ups.
“I don’t understand this too much focus on the match-up thing. Because there were two right-handers in the crease, Ashwin wasn’t brought on till the last over before the drinks break. Because of those match-ups, the two left arms bowled, then what happened? Who gets the breakthrough? Ravichandran Ashwin. He gets the wicket of Handscomb. He is a top player, he is going to get wickets, doesn’t matter if it’s a right-hander or a left-hander. He is a great bowler. Ashwin has 450-plus wickets and he should have been given the ball a lot earlier,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports during the lunch break.
Ashwin quickly put an end to Cameron Green and Peter Handscomb’s potentially hazardous combo after being introduced into the attack. Before Australia’s tail runner, Umesh Yadav went through, he removed Handscomb on 19. Despite being dismissed for 197 runs, Australia still managed to lead by 88 runs. Indian batsmen once again struggled against the Australian spinners in the reply, leaving the hosts’ second innings at a dangerous 79 for four at tea. The most reliable Indian hitter by far appeared to be Cheteshwar Pujara (batting off 76), and Virat Kohli (13), who also appeared reliable until Kuhnemann snagged him lbw.