Brisbane: Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar played a century-long partnership under tough conditions at Gaba International Stadium. Shardul and Sundar, who had marked the first half-century of their careers, started playing when India lost their sixth wicket with a total of 186 races just after lunch on the third day. Australia had scored 369 points in their opening heats and in this context India looked badly behind.
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But then there was a 123-run, 217-ball partnership between Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar and these two young players got India out of trouble.
With that, the two broke the 30-year record at this Brisbane pitch. Legendary players Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar added 58 points for the seventh wicket on Gabba’s pitch 30 years ago. At the same time, the name of Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar is the record for the biggest Indian partnership for the seventh wicket of this Brisbane field.
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The two became the fourth Indian to sign a century-long partnership for the seventh window in Australia. This is India’s first century partnership for the seventh wicket since January 2019. With this, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja added 204 races in Sydney in 2018-19.
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The next centennial partnership record for the seventh window in Australia is quite old. Vijay Hazare and Hemu Adhikari added 132 races in Adelaide in 1947-48 when the Indian team visited Australia for the first time on an overseas tour.
Apart from that, Mohammad Azharuddin and Manoj Prabhakar shared 101 races for the seventh wicket in the 1991–92 series.