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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Adelaide

The broad bat of Indian opener Virender Sehwag denied retiring Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist a fairytale finish to his Test career on Monday as the fourth Test ended in a tame draw.

After trailing by 37 on the first innings, India were 269 for seven, an overall lead of 232, when stumps were drawn early on the final day, the result handing Australia a 2-1 win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

The home side went into the final day determined to send Gilchrist off with an unlikely win, but a docile pitch and the diligent batting of Sehwag (151) ensured there were few problems for the Indians.

Gilchrist said after the game he was grappling with a range of emotions having played his last Test, but was content with his decision. ‘It’s happiness, joy, sadness, every emotion you could imagine I suppose,’ he told Channel Nine.

‘To walk away from something you love so much... it was a big decision but I know it is the right one.’ Gilchrist was given a guard of honour by his Australian team-mates as he came on to the field at the start of the day. He was also allowed to come on to the field before the rest of the team for the final session, waving to the crowd and shaking hands with both umpires before his teammates joined him.

Gilchrist revealed he tried to say a few words to his teammates before walking out after tea, but was overcome with emotion. ‘I figured it was the last time in a Test match I’d be in the changeroom with just the guys,’ he said. ‘It was very difficult, that changeroom is what means most.

‘I was bawling my eyes out about two minutes before it (returning to the field).’ Gilchrist did give the local crowd something to cheer by completing two dismissals to take his record tally to 416, three ahead of South Africa’s Mark Boucher. He caught V.V.S. Laxman (12) down the leg side off Brett Lee’s bowling and then caught Sehwag from the bowling of Andrew Symonds late in the day.

There was no fairytale Australian farewell for Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar either. Having made 153 in the first innings, he survived a third umpire decision from the first ball he faced, but was run out for 13 by a direct hit from Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson in his follow through. Tendulkar had dropped the ball down on the leg side and took off, but was sent back by Sehwag and was well out of his ground, with Johnson having time to steady and throw accurately.

India suffered a setback when batsman Rahul Dravid was forced to retire hurt early in the day for 11 after breaking the middle finger on his right hand when he was struck by a rising delivery from Lee. Sehwag was dropped on two late on the fourth day as Michael Clarke failed to take another easy chance at second slip off Lee’s bowling.

Sehwag made the most of his good fortune to bat India towards safety. Sehwag’s 13th hundred—his first in a second innings—capped an impressive return to Test cricket after he was left out of the first two matches of the series.

He has also received plaudits for his bowling. He played some glorious shots, reaching his first century since June 2006 off just 123 balls. The 29-year-old adopted a more watchful approach at the crease after hitting his milestone and was there for 354 minutes, faced 236 balls and hit 15 fours with two sixes.

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