From net bowlers who arrived for practice to the highest scorers in the innings.— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 17, 2021
We have to stand up and appreciate one of the most resilient fightbacks! @Sundarwashi5 @imShard#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/W3QlWd2HKC
We have seen late order resistance before, we have seen long partnerships for the 7th wicket before but don't think we have seen such quality of shots played by a no 8 and 9 before! Absolutely sensational batting from Washy & Shardul.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 17, 2021
This Indian team is like a boxer on ropes who keeps taking punches but doesn't give up. Never out of game, always ready to counter. Well done Shardul & Ati Sundar Washington— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 17, 2021
Sundar and Shardul have epitomized India's never say die spirit on this fascinating series. Next man up mentality should inspire many other teams never to give in or up.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) January 17, 2021
Congrats @Sundarwashi5 & @imShard on ur maiden Test 50's. Loved the fight, technique and will power you both exhibited. Also a good example for young bowlers to work on their batting as you never know when your contribution with the bat will help the team. #AUSvIND— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 17, 2021
Steel running through India's veins! This is incredible from Shardul and Sundar! #AUSvIND— Isa Guha (@isaguha) January 17, 2021
Well done @Sundarwashi5 Rahul Dravid told me in Bangladesh during U19 WC that he was the man to watch with bat.. was speaking of temperament .. and Sunda showing it now .. he was 16 then . Congratulations— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) January 17, 2021
What a brilliant fightback by Washi & Shardul in that last session. This series has been something else! Two more intriguing days of test cricket on the cards.. time to defy those odds!@Sundarwashi5 @imShard #AUSvIND— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) January 17, 2021
George Orwell famously said - Sport is War Minus the Shooting - if ever you needed to see the warrior spirit on a cricket field - it was all there at the Gabba today! Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur - played unbelievably well under extraordinarily challenging circumstances.— Vijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) January 17, 2021
Was the Shardul-washi partnership the Most defining partnership of the series or was it the Ashwin-vihari one?? #AUSvsIND— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) January 17, 2021
Stirring fightbacks have become the norm for India in this series.
Just when you thought India's resistance had finally broken, comes a fightback as stirring as it is unexpected. Irrespective of what happens in this Test, this team has shown itself to be the toughest-ever Indian team #INDvAUS— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 17, 2021
I don't know if our team will win the border gavaskar trophy but they are definitely have won our hearts !! The grit , courage , determination and skill shown by them is exemplary !! Can't stop smiling at the moment . #BorderGavaskarTrophy #INDvsAUS #IndianCricketTeam— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) January 17, 2021
He gets trolled, just for the heck of it sometimes.But he deserves credit for making men out of boys on this tour.Reviving a battered team after the first test is not easy. Well done @RaviShastriOfc for egging the boys to go the 23rd yard!!!#INDvsAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy— W V Raman (@wvraman) January 17, 2021
With the India XI looking more like India A during this series, there was praise for coach Ravi Shastri too.