This Border-Gavaskar trophy has been all about mastering different aspects of Test cricket. The oldest format of the game that has gone through a lot of modernisation. But irrespective of the format, the partnership remains the literature of the game.
Barring the Adelaide Test, Indian batters built up brawny partnerships to mark the back in the game in Melbourne, a mesmerising draw at Sydney Cricket Ground and breaching the Gabba fortress.
The “Sundar” 123-run partnership Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur became the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at Gabba in Brisbane. From 186/6 to 369 in the first innings, their partnership kept India afloat.
At the SCG, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari’s defensive partnership is the backbone that kept India’s hopes alive and bright. They played 259 balls for the 62 run-stand. Vihari had batted for four hours and Ashwin for more than three hours while injuries were daunting both of them.
Cheteshwar Pujara faced some backlash for playing his natural game. But if Pujara and Rishabh Pant had not stood there at the crease and bridging a 148-run partnership the ending might not have been memorable. They played 265 balls together, Pujara showcased his defensive techniques while Pant adhered to his natural skills, hitting the ball out of the boundary quite often.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane played his captain’s knock at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. At the crease it was Ravindra Jadeja with him to hem a brilliant partnership. They knitted a 121 run stand while playing 245 balls.