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Australia vs India 2020-21: Washington Sundar-Shardul Thakur Enters Record Books At The Gabba

Sundar and Shardul added 123 runs for the seventh wicket at The Gabba.

Washington Sundar (62) and Shardul Thakur (67) added 123 off 217 balls runs for the seventh wicket at The Gabba on Day 3 of the fourth Test to take India from 186 for 6 to 336 in their first innings. After India’s batting collapse in Adelaide, they have batted over 100 overs in every innings since them to stage a series of comebacks. 

Sundar’s 62 was the highest score by a debutant visiting Number 7 in Australia. became the second Indian player to hit a 50+ debut in his batting innings and take three-plus wickets in his debut bowling innings after Dattu Phadkar (51 & 3/14 vs Aus, SCG, 1947/48).

The last time India’s numbers 7 and 8 scored 50+ in same innings in an away Test, neither of them a wicketkeeper, was at Manchester in 1982, when Sandeep Patil had scored 129* and Kapil Dev had scored 65.

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This was also India’s highest seventh-wicket partnership in Test cricket overtaking the previous best of 200* between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja against Australia in the 2018-19 series. 

100+ partnership for 7th wicket for India in Australia:

204 R Pant – R Jadeja Sydney 2018/19

132 V Hazare – H Adhikari Adelaide 1947/48

123 W Sundar – S Thakur Brisbane 2020/21

This was also India’s best seventh-wicket partnership at The Gabba overtaking the previous best of 51 by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar in 1991. 

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Washington Sundar-Shardul Thakur Conquers Brisbane

Highest 7th wicket partnership for India (vs Australia) at the Gabba:

Washington Sundar – Shardul Thakur 121 (2021)

Kapil Dev – Manoj Prabhakar 58 (1991)

MS Dhoni – Ravichandran Ashwin 57 (2014)

Manoj Prabhakar – Ravi Shastri 49 (1991)

M.L. Jaisimha – Bapu Nadkarni 44 (1968)

Josh Hazelwood to five for 57 as the last three wickets added 27 runs before being cleaned up by the Australian bowlers.

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Anshuman Roy

A cricket and sports enthusiast having previously worked with Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint and now with Cricfit.

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Australia vs India 2020-21: Washington Sundar-Shardul Thakur Enters Record Books At The Gabba