Last Update: March 04, 2023, 16:46 IST
Australia Travis Head vs India (AP)
Shreyas Iyer targeted Travis Head while at the crease but gave Australia a 9-wicket win over India in the third Test.
India suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in the third Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Indore.
Travis Head combined with Marnus Labuschagne to help Australia wrap up the game on the morning of the third day. Opening for Australia in the absence of the injured David Warner, Head followed up with an unbeaten 49 in the second innings to give the visitors a memorable victory in 18.5 overs.
His stay at the crease was resolute and the batsman looked a figure of astonishing concentration, even as the Indian fielders around his bat tried to trouble him.
It was one such occasion when Australia’s chase was headed to face Ravindra Jadeja in the sixth over when Shreyas Iyer, standing at short fine leg, said,I want one pair in Chandigarh, second in Haryana (He has one foot in Chandigarh and the other in Haryana)”.
Head did not understand what was being said to him and continued to bat.
Watch the incident here-
After leading his country to victory, Head said he was taking it slow.
“Taking it one step at a time. As trite as it may sound, one ball at a time. Nice to contribute. Not everything goes your way. Just wanted to make sure when the opportunity came I took it.” Was ready for. The idea was to execute as well as we could. Did a great job coming back from the first two Tests. We knew there would be good balls and chances to score runs. Once we got in , so it was trying to take advantage of the opportunity. Difficult when you are facing one of the best bowlers in the world,” Head said after the game.
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Former Australia captain Mark Taylor also praised Head for leading the charge for the visitors, pointing out that the left-handed batsman put pressure on the bowler who did a great job.
“Australia had to be a bit proactive but as we saw in the second Test when they decided to reverse sweep and sweep everything, being proactive doesn’t mean panicking. It needed someone to press the button and say ‘I’ve got to put the pressure on the bowler again’.”
“That was the moment Travis Head thought, well here I go, I’m going to try and quickly eat into this deficit and put the pressure on the bowler, and it worked brilliantly,” Taylor was quoted as saying. Huey was quoted by Wide World of Sports.
(with inputs from agencies)
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