WATCH | #INDvAUS, 3rd Test: How Renshaw’s harmless act could lead to India winning the match – Never back away!
Ishant Sharma throws the ball in anger as Matt Renshaw backs awaw during Day 5 of the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi (Photo credit: Screengrab @BCCITV)
India started Day 5 of the third Test against Australia on a sedate note. On Sunday evening, Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliance, aided by a considerable weekend crowd at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi, had created great momentum for the home team. But on Monday morning, that energy was missing.
It was missing, though, only until the 29th over of Australia’s innings.
Opener Matt Renshaw took guard to face Ishant Sharma, only to back away as the lanky pacer was about to get into his delivery stride. Ishant wasn’t impressed by that and threw the ball in a fit of fury to wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, as he approached the wicket and was bringing his run-up to a halt.
A few animated words between Ishant, Aussie skipper Steve Smith and a couple of other Indian players were exchanged. And that was enough, Enough to light the spark that Virat Kohli and his men needed.
Ishant’s tail was suddenly up and he attacked Renshaw with sharp bouncers in the next two deliveries. He then bowled a beautiful in-swinger to trap the left-hander plumb in front of the wicket. The Indians were fired up, the energy was back.
Here’s Ishant’s eventful over against Renshaw:
In the next over, Jadeja came in and induced another brain fade for Smith. Through the course of the match, it has been standard practice for right-handers to plonk their front leg out and not offer a shot against left-arm spinners bowling over the wicket. With the ball pitching outside leg, there’s no way you can get out LBW, and you don’t need to offer either. Cheteshwar Pujara did that to great effect against Steve O’Keefe as the latter tried to make the most of the rough created outside a right-handed batsman’s leg stump.
Smith tried to use the same tactic, his only mistake being it was predetermined. The Aussie captain, who is in the middle of an incredible Indian summer, planted his foot out way too early. The ball didn’t land too far outside the leg stump, turned sharply, and crashed into off. Team India’s biggest threat was walking back to the pavilion.
Here’s Smith’s dismissal:
If India go on to win the Test and take a 2-1 lead in the series, how bad will Renshaw regret backing away?