On the third day of the Mohali Test between India and England, the game swung decisively in the favour of the home team. But while England are behind the eight ball, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has urged his teammates to `fight hard’ on the remaining two days of the Test.
“It’s not the day that we were looking for, to be brutally honest,” Bairstow said.
“Losing Stokesy (Ben Stokes) in the last over just caps it off. We thought that if we got a couple of quick wickets this morning, we would have been in a good position. That didn’t happen and we are now fighting an uphill battle.
It’s something that we have to take on the chin, and we have still got a lot of batting to come, we have to remember that, and hopefully the guys can fight hard,” he added. Bairstow gave credit to the Indian lower-order batsmen for tilting the match in their favour. “I think up until this morning, the match was evenly poised. We thought we would come (in the morning session) and bang-bang pick two wickets. It would have been a great start, but unfortunately that was not the case. Their lower-order batsmen played well this morning. We got to give them credit. They played nicely and helped India take the pole position in the game,” he reflected.
Bairstow, who set a wicketkeeping record for most dismissals in a calendar year in Test matches, also praised India’s premier spinner R Ashwin for his spell in the evening session on Day Three. “Look, Ashwin is a quality bowler but it’s not that he has got ten-for in every innings he has played against us,” Bairstow said.