India in pole position, says Sunil Gavaskar

Jones and Gavaskar also seemed in jovial and naughty mood at the prospects of Shane Watson returning for Delhi Test and that too as captain, in case Michael Clarke is not fit.

updated: March 17, 2013 21:11 IST
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India did not bat exceedingly well on Day 4 of the Mohali Test and could only manage 499 all-out when even 600 was looking a possibility after Day 3. With a lead of 91 though, the hosts did bowl with aplomb with Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the pick of the bowlers, taking all three Australian wickets to fall in their second innings.

NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar felt that India being dismissed in a hurry did work in the favour of the home side. He also sounded a warning for the struggling Australian batsmen, especially with Michael Clarke's injury.

"Getting out early certainly did work in India's favour. There are times when teams are thinking of declaration and find themselves dismissed. It actually saves a lot of time and that's what happened with India. For all you know, India might have batted on and not got those 3 wickets eventually. India have a handy lead and the ball is turning. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin did not get a lot of wickets in the first innings and is due in the second one now," remarked Gavaskar with a twinkle in his eyes.

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