New Delhi:India managed to keep their Ferozshah Kotla record intact as their third Test against Australia ended in a draw. India have not lost a single Test in Kotla for the past seven years.
However, this match gave some exceptional moments. Double hundreds from Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman, maiden five-wicket haul for Virender Sehwag on his home ground and a fighting century from Michael Clarke but the man who drew everyone's attention was skipper Anil Kumble, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday.
Kumble could not have chosen a better venue to bid adieu to his cricketing career. In 1999 against Pakistan, the leg-spinner bagged all ten wickets in an innings to become first Indian to hold such a record. He has 58 wickets in seven Tests at Kotla.
He later said he had decided to call it a day after the series but his finger injury forced him to prompt his decision.
" After playing for 18 years, it was a tough decision to take but I am happy I took it. I had decided to quit after this series anyway, but as I was not 100 per cent fit for the fourth Test, I could not have let my team down," the champion spinner said.
Though, this match fetched him just three wickets, India managed to sustain their 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series. The last Test to be played in Nagpur will be led by MS Dhoni, who in all likelihood will take over India's Test captaincy.
In reply to India's 613, Australia were bundled for 577 runs. India, took a lead of 244 runs, after they declared their second innings at 208/5. The time constraint left teams with just one option, of a draw.
VVS Laxman, who scored unbeaten 200 runs in the first innings, slammed 59 not out in the second innings and was adjudged the 'man of the match'. He added 52 runs with Sachin Tendulkar for the fifth wicket while with Sourav Ganguly (32*) he made 63 runs for the sixth wicket.
While Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his half-century, Laxman slammed 36th Test fifty, his ninth against Australia. Tendulkar missed out on his 51st Test fifty against Australia as Cameron White removed him for 47 runs. Sachin, who came to the crease after the dismissal of Rahul Dravid, added 40 runs with Gautam Gambhir for the fourth wicket. He edged one from White going outside the off-stump to Matthew Hayden at the first slip.
With their overnight lead of 79 runs, Gambhir and Rahul Dravid (11) resumed batting and could add just 10 runs on Sunday morning when Lee's inswinger, full in length backed by his lethal pace, beat the latter and crashed into the stumps.
Birthday boy Mitchell Johnson treated himself with Gambhir's wicket as he trapped double centurion from the first innings in front of the wicket for 36 runs.
Match report Day 4