On Friday, India was trounced by Australia in the third Test in Indore, denying them a place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. After losing a wicket on the first ball of play on Day 3, Australia won by a comfortable margin, chasing a modest score of 76. Travis Head smashed a quick 49, and Marnus Labuschagne hit the winning boundary to remain unbeaten at 28. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who is commentating on the series, chastised the players after the defeat, saying they took things for granted, allowing the game to slip away from them.
You take things for granted, your guard is down, and this game will bring you down. I feel it was a combination of all of these things when you think back to the first innings and watch some of the strokes played, see some of the over-eagerness to dominate in these conditions. You step back to reflect and analyse Shastri commented on commentary after Australia won the game.
After being thrashed in the first two Tests in three days, Australia now finds itself trailing the series 2-1 with one match left.
Australia’s gutsy victory earned their position in the ICC World Test Championship final, which will be hosted at The Oval in June. If India wins the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, they will be assured of their spot.
The fourth and final Test will take place in Ahmedabad on March 9.