India skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha for their record 199-run partnership during the Ranchi Test, which ended in a draw on Monday.
Pujara (202) and Saha (117) enabled India to take a 152-run first-innings lead, "KL Rahul and Murali Vijay batted beautifully but the partnership between Pujara and Saha is the best I have seen,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.
"We never thought we would be able to take 150-run lead. Then yesterday two wickets fell and we thought we had a good chance. But credit to the two Australian batsmen Marsh and Handscomb. They batted really well," he admitted.
Kohli added that his team got into a very good position to push for a win. "We got ourselves into a very good position. Losing the toss here was never easy. Not being able to take the field was never easy for me and then watching the opposition get big runs was difficult. But we batted beautifully," he said.
Praising his players, Kohli went on to add, "Guys want to push the barrier, their physical limits, their mental toughness. Credit to Australia for playing out the draw, but we played ourselves into a position where we could have won."
Praising Pujara and Saha, the captain stated, "When you play only one format, you are always extra determined to make it count. Pujara is very motivated, and he is really good at Test batting. This is the best I have watched him bat.
"Saha did it in West Indies, he did it in Calcutta as well, and here under pressure, he really stood up. You feel happy for him because he is such a wonderful guy. Always smiling, always happy for whoever achieves anything."
Jadeja also came in for praise from Kohli, "Jadeja is unbelievable. I have never seen anyone bowl so economically for so long ever. He knows his limitations and sticks to it,” he further said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent