India registered a historic 2-1 series win over Australia at the Gabba on Tuesday. After this glorious triumph, India spinner Ashwin took to social media to engage in some banter with Tim Paine while thanking Australia for some high quality cricket during these testing times.
Tagging Tim Paine in his tweet, Ashwin said: “Good evening from Gabba!! I am sorry I couldn’t play here but thanks for hosting us and playing some hard cricket during these tough times. We will remember this series forever! @tdpaine36 @CricketAus.”
Ravichandran Ashwin missed out at the Gabba as he complained of back spasms on the last day of the third Test. The bowling all-rounder had displayed an amazing determination during the third test at Sydney to help India to pull the match into a draw.
Tim Paine’s efforts to throw Ravichandran Ashwin off-guard failed terribly on the final day of the third test at the SCG as the off-spinner had the perfect comeback in store. While failing to scalp wickets, Australia captain Tim Paine was trying his best to distract Ashwin & he was also caught on stumps as saying, “Can’t wait for you to reach the Gabba, Ash.”
To this Ashwin responded, “Can’t wait for you to come to India as well that would be your last series.” On Tuesday, Australia’s fortress The Gabba was finally breached. It took almost 32 years & two months but the impossible was made possible by the injury hit young Indian team who beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final test to take the series to victory by 2-1.
With the critics letting team India down during the ongoing series, Ashwin also had a tweet for them. He posted a photo of all comments from the pundits on the left side & the photo of the Indian team with the trophy on the right side & wrote, “LHS (not =) RHS! Yours happily India tour of OZ 2020/21 Humbled by all the love and support we have received over the last 4 weeks!”
The last time a touring team emerging triumphant from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the West Indian team under the leadership of Vivi Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets. What makes the victory more commendable is the way Indians fought with multiple injuries & mental stress due to the bio-bubble restrictions to register a historic win.