India outplayed Australia in Dharamsala: Michael Clarke to India Today

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke on Monday lauded the Indian team for the way they played against Australia on the third day of the Dharamsala Test. India first took the lead over the Aussies in the first innings and then bowled them out in a session and half to end up in a winning position with two more days of cricket remaining. (Dharamsala Test: India left with 87 runs to win series after bowlers fire)Clarke said that India completely outplayed Australia today and praised the efforts of Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha and Umesh Yadav. (SCORECARD)”Lot of credit should be given to India. India outplayed Australia, the aggressive approach from Saha and Jadeja. The opening bowlers… Australia had no answer to it today,” Clarke to India Today in an exclusive interview. (It has been a magical season, couldn’t have asked for more: Ravichandran Ashwin)Clarke also said that Jadeja and Australia captain Steve Smith are the frontrunners for the Man of the Series award. (Did Steve Smith call Murali Vijay a f***ing cheat?)”I feel the winning team should receive Man of the Series. It will be unfortunate for Steve Smith if Australia are unable to pull off a miracle tomorrow. He led Australia throughout. But Jadeja has been  the standout performer for India, consistently with the bat and bowl, brilliant on the field. Certainly my MoS if India win the series,” he added. (Ravindra Jadeja wins sledging war against unruly Australian wicketkeeper)Praising the visitors for the way they have played and competed with India in the series, Clarke said that Australia have missed their opportunities in the four matches so far. (Ravindra Jadeja shows he can boss the best around)advertisement”Australia have had opportunities to win the three matches (which they didn’t win) assuming they lose this match. They have let down the opportunities on a few occasions. (Jadeja 10th Indian to achieve all-round double of 1000 runs, 100 wickets in Tests)”Shouldn’t take anything away from India. India were just the class apart today. Saha and Jadeja showed intent to make runs. That was the difference with the bat and then the Indians did the job with the ball.”It was Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha who starred with the bat as the duo added 96 runs for the seventh wicket which helped India reach 332 and take a 32-run lead over the visitors. (Kohli missed Dharamsala Test to save himself for IPL? Brad Hodge think so)Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar then bowled a terrific spell post lunch to reduce Australia to 31 for 3. Umesh (3/29) ended up with three wickets while Bhuvi got the main wicket of Smith. Ravichandran Ashwin (3/29) and Jadeja (3/24), who for once looked ordinary in the first innings, got their acts back together and picked up three wickets each to bowl out the opposition for 137 in their second innings late in the final session.With 106 runs to win, opener’s KL Rahul and Murali Vijay negotiated a tricky six overs of play as India reached 19/0 at stumps, needing another 87 runs to win with 10 wickets in hand.last_img read more