Australia, which trailed by 91 runs after India posted 571 in response to the visitors’ 480, produced a strong batting performance to secure a series opener.
When it became certain that the outcome of the match was highly unlikely, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma brought in the part-time spinners. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara to reach the stage where a draw can be called.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who finished the series with the highest 25 wickets, took to Twitter to share an image of Pujara in which he was seen preparing for his victory and captioned the hilarious an image ‘Main kya karu? Job chod du?.’
Main Kya karu? Job chod du? 😂 https://t.co/R0mJqnALJ6
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) 1678703511000
Pujara has been India’s mainstay for over a decade and has only played in the second of his career.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2-1 after the final test ended in a draw after defiant half-centuries from Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.
Even before the players shook hands, India knew they had qualified for the World Test Championship final after New Zealand edged Sri Lanka by two wickets in the first Test at Christchurch.
India, playing their second consecutive WTC final after losing the inaugural edition to New Zealand in 2021, will meet Australia in the title clash from June 7-11 at The Oval.