Former wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta heaped reward on the Indian cricket team for the character that they’ve proven within the ongoing Border-Gavaskar collection regardless of the quite a few harm blows they’ve suffered thus far.
India misplaced Ishant Sharma (aspect pressure) to harm even earlier than they went to Australia and didn’t have the providers of Rohit Sharma (hamstring tear) till the third Take a look at in Sydney. Captain Virat Kohli went again dwelling for his parternity depart after the first Take a look at in December final yr.
Quick bowlers Mohammed Shami (right-arm fracture) and Umesh Yadav (calf harm) had been dominated out of the remaining two video games after the Boxing Day Take a look at in Melbourne whereas KL Rahul got here again dwelling with out taking part in a single Take a look at after getting hit on his left wrist throughout a nets session.
Ravindra Jadeja (left thumb fracture) and Hanuma Vihari’s (hamstring tear) accidents that they suffered throughout the Sydney Take a look at compelled them out of the ultimate sport in Brisbane whereas Jasprit Bumrah is additionally prone to miss the series-decider as a consequence of an belly pressure.
Regardless of being battered and bruised, Team India did not let their grit and willpower take a beating. They batted 131 overs on Day 5 of the Sydney Take a look at to grab a memorable draw and preserve the collection levelled at 1-1.
They should discover a alternative for Jadeja, Vihari, and probably Bumrah, for the following Take a look at which begins on the Gabba on January 15.
“This is a very tough Indian team there are no two ways about it, particularly the final two video games. This is undoubtedly one of many hardest Indian groups ever. However I might say there have been more durable groups within the 60s and 70s, the circumstances had been totally different.
“We have now to maintain the circumstances in thoughts, the collection that is taking place proper now, nearly 6 months of staying within the bubble and it’s important to think about all of that. Toughness is not simply about the game that we see or the video games that we are watching on air. This is a tough tour no doubt, mentally and bodily,” Dasgupta mentioned on Sports activities Immediately.
The tour has examined India not simply bodily however mentally as nicely. They’ve been residing in a bio-bubble since their arrival from the UAE in November final yr after spending almost 3 months in a bio-secure atmosphere on the IPL 2020.
Being away from household and associates for therefore lengthy does takes a toll on a participant’s thoughts, one thing which Dasgupta additionally acknowledged.
“The most important problem is the psychological fatigue (taking part in the ultimate Take a look at of a collection). Even usually while you’re there away from dwelling for nearly 2 months, in any case it is so tiring bodily sure however mentally it is tiring. And all of the Indian gamers, apart from possibly Pujara and Vihari, they have been away for nearly 6 months,” Dasgupta mentioned.