Speaking on Australia’s loss at their “Fortress Gabba”, Ravichandran Ashwin, while speaking on a candid YouTube video, said that their tactics backfired.
Indian spinner played a heroic role in the third Test of the four-match series, to prevent India from losing the match and end in a draw. Partnered with Hanuma Vihari, Ashwin took care of the final overs of their innings while struggling from his back troubles. He also played a phenomenal role in bowling.
However, he couldn’t make it to the final match of the Test series. Not only that, senior players like Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah were all out of the final Test due to their injuries. The team composed mainly of youngsters like Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan, who did a phenomenal job in sealing the victory for the team.
Speaking to fielding coach R Sridhar, R Ashwin said on his YouTube channel, “Australia’s tactics during the fourth innings of the SCG Test really made me curious. Their tactics looked like Australia did not realise what we were doing.
“They must have thought that we guys were not rotating strike because of injury, but the main reason was one guy cannot move his foot forward and the other one was getting body blows, and then suddenly, it became our strategy.
“Then, what happened was, my back became stiff and I could not move. They made a mistake. If they had pitched it up to me, I might have edged or found it difficult, I feel. They thought to scare us off by hitting us everywhere by bouncing.
“It worked counterproductively. The more beaten I got, the more resolve I got. What more is left to be thrown at me? I got an inner resolve. Add to this, Tim Paine started banter as well. You can take it as you want, but at that point, Vihari and I thought that Australia has lost it,” he added.
Indian cricket team cleaned Australia’s clock in the final day of the fourth Test of India versus Australia four-match Test series at the Gabba. India defeated the hosts by 3 wickets to seal the series by 2-1.
The victory also broke the record of Australia remaining unbeaten at the Gabba for over 32 years.