Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar have set a new record for the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at The Gabba on Sunday.
The duo stitched an extraordinary 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket against Australia on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane.
With the visitors reeling at 186/6 after losing set batsman Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant early in the second session, Sundar and Thakur shared a 100-plus stand to drag India back into the Brisbane Test.
In the process, the duo shattered a 30-year-old record held previously by former India skipper Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar who had registered the highest seventh-wicket partnership for the visitors in Brisbane, scoring 58 runs in 1991.
Interestingly, Sundar-Thakur’s 123-run stand is also the third-highest 100-plus seventh-wicket partnership for the visitors in Australia after Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja's 204 in Sydney 2018-19 and 132 by Vijay Hazare and Hemu Adhikari in Adelaide 1947-48.
Twitter hailed the extraordinary partnership of Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar at The Gabba.
India regular captain Virat Kohli was impressed by Sundar-Thakur's outstanding partnership and he took to Twitter to appreciate the duo.
"Gabba the Dhaba for these two guys. Brilliant from Sundar and Thakur,” tweeted Virender Sehwag.
Gabba the Dhaba for these two guys.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 17, 2021
Brilliant from Sundar and Thakur. pic.twitter.com/NouAYYFyN4
Former India batsman VVS Laxman took to Twitter and wrote, “Congrats @Sundarwashi5 & @imShard on ur maiden Test 50’s. Loved the fight, technique and will power you both. exhibited. Also a good example for young bowlers to work on their batting as you never know when your contribution with the bat will help the team.”
Congrats @Sundarwashi5 & @imShard on ur maiden Test 50’s. Loved the fight, technique and will power you both exhibited. Also a good example for young bowlers to work on their batting as you never know when your contribution with the bat will help the team. #AUSvIND— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 17, 2021
From net bowlers who arrived for practice to the highest scorers in the innings.— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 17, 2021
We have to stand up and appreciate one of the most resilient fightbacks! @Sundarwashi5 @imShard#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/W3QlWd2HKC
Sundar and Shardul have epitomized India's never say die spirit on this fascinating series. Next man up mentality should inspire many other teams never to give in or up.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) January 17, 2021
Extremely impressed with the fighting attitude shown by @Sundarwashi5 and @imShard. They have symbolised what India has been in this series, consistently punching above their weight. It is so satisfying to see.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 17, 2021
From 186 for 6 to 336 for 10 - India have added 150 runs for the last 4 wickets - All thanks to Sundar and Thakur. India reduced the lead of Australia to 33 runs - Hazlewood with 5 wickets for his brilliant spell.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 17, 2021
First Thakur now Sundar reaching 50, what a spirited partnership from these two. Australia have spent too long waiting for it to happen! #AUSvIND— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 17, 2021
Meanwhile, Australia have bowled India out for 336 in their first innings and the hosts have taken a 33-run lead in the fourth Test. The ongoing Border-Gavaskar series is currently tied at 1-1.
Feature image courtesy: Patrick HAMILTON / AFP