The Test series between India and Australia might have ended but it has not stopped Ravichandran Ashwin from taking a sly dig at Australia skipper Tim Paine. The India spin spearhead recently opened up about his verbal duels with the wicketkeeper and cheekily thanked hum for helping deliver India a series win.
Paine’s infamous “see you at the Gabba” sledge came back to haunt him and his team as India thrashed the hosts by three wickets in the fourth Test to seal a 2-1 series victory. Paine’s comments had come from behind the stumps when Ravichandran Ashwin was busy saving the third Test in Sydney. With Australia bowlers failing to get the breakthrough, Paine had tried to unsettle the India star with some verbal volleys.
Recalling the war of the words, Ravichandran Ashwin revealed he took great delight in the Aussie skipper’s wrong DRS calls and wicketkeeping blunders. The spinner also cheekily hinted that Paine’s mistakes helped India seal the win in Brisbane.
“Tim Paine missed the stumping but I started liking him,” Ravichandran Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
“He invited us, played the perfect hosts by missing the stumping chance and awarded us the series as well. Can’t say he helped us win 2-1 but yeah, on a sarcastic note, he did,” he added.
Not only that, Ravichandran Ashwin also sarcastically questioned the strength of the Gabba. The venue is famously called Australia’s fortress because of their stunning record. The hosts had not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988 before India chased down an improbable 328 to breach their fortress.
“This is the Gabbatoir breached. They kept repeating Gabbatoir, right? From the minute we landed in Australia, they kept saying Gabbatoir. Welcome to the Gabba. I thought Gabba must really be their fortress or something given the way they were hyping,” said the off-spinner.
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