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India captain Virat Kohli was on Monday effusive in his praise for Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha’s record 199-run stand, saying that it was the “best” partnership he has ever seen.
“KL Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay (82) batted beautifully but the partnership between Pujara and Saha is the best I have seen,” said Kohli at the post match presentation ceremony.
“We never thought we would be able to take 150-run lead. Then two wickets fell and we thought we had a good chance. But credit to the two (Australian batsmen (Shaun) Marsh and Peter Handscomb (for their 124-run stand for the fifth wicket and saving the match), they batted really well,” he added.
Kohli said that his team got itself into a very good position where they could have enforced a victory.
“We got ourselves into a very good position,” said Kohli.
“Losing the toss here was never easy. Not being able to take the field (due to injury) was never easy for me and then watching the opposition get big runs was difficult. But we batted beautifully.”
Heaping praises on both Pujara and Saha, the skipper said: “When you play only one format, you are always extra determined to make it count. Pujara is very motivated, and he is really good at Test batting. This is the best I have watched him bat”.
“Saha did it in West Indies, he did it in Calcutta as well, and here under pressure, he really stood up. You feel happy for him because he is such a wonderful guy. Always smiling, always happy for whoever achieves anything.”
Jadeja also came in for a special mention from the India captain.
“Jadeja is unbelievable. I have never seen anyone bowl so economically for so long ever. He knows his limitations and sticks to it.”
“Dharamsala, no different from what I have done here. We have given our best here, and as long as we keep doing that, I am sure we will get ourselves into winning positions,” he said.
Australia skipper Steven Smith termed Marsh and Handscomb’s match saving partnership as ‘resilient’.
“A pretty good Test. Proud of the way the boys stuck it out. That’s what we want to be…resilient. They played beautifully. They didn’t look like they would get out for a while. It was crucial for us, at such an important time”.
“It was important to score big first-innings runs, we left ourselves a bit short there. 450 was not enough to win this match,” said Smith.