The buildup to the fourth Test as well as third Test between India and Australia earlier this month was dominated by the talks regarding the venue for the fourth and final game. Soon after the second Test in Melbourne ended, reports emerged that Team India were not willing to travel to Brisbane for the last Test because of the strict quarantine rules.
Having undergone a strict 14-day quarantine at the start of the tour, Team India were not willing to undergo another quarantine. The deadlock was finally broken when the government eased the hard quarantine norms and India agreed to play the fourth Test in Brisbane as per the original schedule. And India star Ravichandran Ashwin recently opened up on the entire saga.
The spin spearhead explained why the Indian team was against going under another round of strict quarantine before the Brisbane Test. Ravichandran Ashwin gave the example of the Queensland government’s decision to allow a certain capacity of spectators to give reasons behind India’s firm stance.
“Indian team should not leave the bubble. But 15,000 people will be allowed inside the stadium to watch the match as if we are circus jokers. More like, we are caged animals inside a zoo. The crowd will have a go at us. Then they accuse us of not coming to fortress Gabba,” Ravichandran Ashwin told India fielding R Sridhar in his YouTube channel.
The Test finally went ahead as originally scheduled and India thrashed the hosts by three wickets at the Gabba to seal the series 2-1. Ravichandran Ashwin, however, missed the final Test because of an injury in his back.
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