R Ashwin revealed that former head coach Ravi Shastri was looking for a draw in the Gabba Test
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed how former head coach Ravi Shastri was looking for a draw in the Gabba Test, but due to the effort of Pant and Washington Sundar, a win was achieved.
The 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy was one for the ages and nobody can fail to remember how a physical issue hit India and proceed to overcome Australia on their lawn despite everything.
India had been packaged out for 36 in the Adelaide Test and numerous savants had anticipated a whitewash, particularly after Virat Kohli got back as he was anticipating the introduction of his youngster.
Nonetheless, it was under Ajinkya Rahane that the group united to overcome the then Tim Paine drove side in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Heading into the fourth test, the four-match series was level at 1-1 and the decider was to be played at Gabba, where Australia had not lost for quite a while. Be that as it may, on account of Rishabh Pant’s heroics, India penetrated Australia’s fort to win the series 2-1.
Pant played an unbeaten knock of 89 as India chased down 328.
Now, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed how then head coach Ravi Shastri was looking for a draw in the Gabba Test, but due to the efforts of Pant and Washington Sundar, a win was achieved.
“It is hard to understand his (Rishabh Pant) mind. He can do anything. He is one of those players who is incredibly blessed. He has so much ability that sometimes he thinks that he can hit every ball for a six. It is hard to keep him calm, Pujara tried to do that during the Sydney Test, but he missed out on a century there. But in this game, what had happened was, that Ravi Bhai told me from the inside, I was sitting outside. He wanted a draw because there was a chance to draw the game but we were going for the win,”Ashwin said on the Sports Yaari channel.
“Everyone had their plan, I asked Ajinkya on the outside what the plan is, are we going for a win? He told me that ‘Pant is playing and we will see what happens. The moment Washi (Washington Sundar) went in and scored 20 quickly, our plan changed then. His 20-30 run contribution was very important,”he added.
Ashwin had dropped out on the Gabba Test after having back spasms. The off-spinner had led a rearguard action along with Hanuma Vihari in the previous test in Sydney to help India walk away with a draw.
During the Border-Gavaskar trophy, many Indian players, including Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah, had gotten injured and in the final test, the likes of T Natarajan and Washington Sundar made their debut in the longest format.