Indian great Sunil Gavaskar feels that India missed the fifth bowler on the final day of Ranchi Test, which ended as a draw after Australian batting denied for any collapse against two world-class spinners on a turning track.
Gavaskar believes as Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are in good touch, Indian team can afford a fifth bowler in their squad, which could have been very handy on the final day of Ranchi Test.
“India clearly missed a fifth bowler on Monday. I am not saying a fifth bowler would have ripped through the opposition but he would have given just that little bit of break to our hard working fast bowlers. Both Umesh (Yadav) and Ishant (Sharma) bowled their hearts out,” he said.
Former opener stated that it is India who will go to Dharamshala with momentum on its side. “I think the momentum is still with India because they are ones who came back, having batted second and chasing 450 plus score. They might not have bowled Australia out, but I think the momentum definitely is still with India,” he said.
Sunny added “At the end of the day momentum doesn't matter much because after the Bangalore win we thought India has the momentum, but things didn't go well. So what happens on the day is important.”
Former skipper also praised Handscomb and Shaun Marsh for their match-saving effort as both shared a 124-run stand in a tricky situation. “I think the way these two (Handscomb and marsh) batted, they denied India a win. It was good old fashioned Test match batting. It didn't mean that they were playing for a draw from the first ball of the game. It’s fine when you find that you are not in a position to win then it's better to save the game and live to fight for another day,” he noted.
“And that's exactly what the Australians have done because if Australia would have lost on Monday, it would have been an uphill climb. Now they have an opportunity to win the series,” Gavaskar concluded.