Australia captain Tim Paine felt ‘disappointed’ with himself after the third Test between India and Australia ended in a draw. Tim felt guilty for dropping three possibilities behind the stumps and said it might have changed the result of the game at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Monday.
Tim Paine feels that he disappointed the bowlers by missing three opportunities behind the stumps.
“Obviously, all the dropped catches play a part in the result. Probably going both ways to be fair. Completely disappointed, pride me in wicket-keeping and I haven’t had too many worst days like today. It is a horrible feeling knowing that our pacers and spinners bowled their hearts out and gave everything to the team. I certainly feel that I let them down,” Paine said in the post-match press conference.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari batted out 258 balls to help India walk away with an epic draw and head into the final Test at The Gabba, with the series level at 1-1. Paine did not have a good day behind the stumps as he ended up dropping three catches (two of Rishabh Pant and one of Hanuma Vihari).
He additionally made an honest effort to occupy Ravichandran Ashwin with steady babble behind the stumps. However, eventually, it didn’t have an impact.
“There was a bit of byplay going on, they were wasting a bit of time, we were letting them know, Ashwin had a bit to say back, it’s all a part of the game, no harm done,” Paine said.
Remarking on the consequence of the game, the wicket-attendant said they needed to dominate the match yet botched opportunities and the strength appeared by India changed the result of the game.
“We wanted to win the game, I thought we created enough chances to do so. I would not say it is deflating, I think there is a lot of positive out of this game. It was an awesome game of Test match cricket. India fought really hard like we thought they would. Clearly, very disappointed not to get a win but there were some good signs for us after the Melbourne Test,” Paine said.
“I still think it was a pretty good Test match wicket. Catches dropped, plenty of chances created and as I said India fought really hard and they deserved a result like that,” he added.
Batting out 258 balls with a furious host group tossing all that it had up its sleeves is no mean accomplishment. However, the Indian pair of Vihari and R Ashwin stood ground and figured ou to do exactly that as they squeezed out an attract what was absolutely an activity stuffed the fifth day. Batting out 131 overs – the most India have batted in the fourth innings of a Test since 1980 – demonstrated precisely what Ashwin implied when he talked about playing like genuine champions toward the finish of the fourth day’s play at the SCG.