The third Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test match in Indore, according to famed Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, was impacted by one incident.
Nathan Lyon suffered a nine-wicket loss to India in Indore on a spin-friendly surface. Few players, save Cheteshwar Pujara, seemed to be having fun as India failed in both innings, handing Australia a modest scoring target of 76 runs.
During the Day 3 match, Gavaskar declared that Ravindra Jadeja’s no-ball to Marnus Labuschagne was the game’s defining moment. In Australia’s first innings, Jadeja cleanly bowled Labuschagne, but the batter was spared when the third umpire called a no-ball for Jadeja overstepping.
If you take a moment to think about it, you’ll realise that for India, since Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja went on to construct a 96-run partnership when India was bowled out for 109, that was perhaps the turning point in the game. So, that was the turning point, in my perspective. According to Sunil Gavaskar on Star Sports, the no-ball was the reason why India lost the game.
Usman Khawaja and Travis Head excelled against the Indian spinners while the Indian hitters fought against Matthew Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon in the first and second innings, respectively. Sunil Gavaskar made a remark on the Indian hitters and claimed that they do not utilise their abilities to the fullest.
Australia advanced to the World Test Championship final with a nine-wicket victory. India must win the last Test to proceed automatically; else, the result would be decided by New Zealand, who will play Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series later this month.