Ashwin’s YouTube Channel Comment Crediting Shastri Goes Viral After Rahane’s ‘Purely Instinctive’ Australian Series Claim | locust
Senior Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, who led the Indian side to a remarkable series victory in Australia last January, made startling revelations on Friday saying ‘someone else took the credit’ decisions he made during the tour, which saw the absence of some of the format’s notable regulars including Virat Kohli. As the revelations shocked the cricketing world, an old video of R Ashwin crediting former head coach Ravi Shastri has gone viral on Twitter.
After the infamous ’36 all-out’ in Adelaide, Kohli had returned home to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Rahane then led the Indian team to a memorable victory in Australia amid a rise in injury cases, which saw the team play most of their reserve players.
The Boxing Day Test in Melbourne was the key point in India’s reversal of fate in the Test series. Not only did Rahane mark a magnificent century, some of the key decisions he made in bowling, as claimed in the recent interview on Behind the scenes with Boriahelped India to an impressive victory.
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Speaking to reporter Boria Majumdar, Rahane said bringing Ashwin to ninth, which resulted in quick dismissals from Matthew Wade and Steve Smith, was purely “instinctive”, a decision he made after realizing the nature wet from the Melbourne track.
“Bringing Ashwin to ninth was completely instinctive and it went really well. This brought out Matthew Wade and Steve Smith in two overs. I won’t say it turned the game completely in our favor afterwards, but I’ll admit it was a purely instinctive decision. Wicket looked wet. After the pacers went down in the first three-four overs, I felt I had to use Ashwin in Melbourne and the weather now,” he said.
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Wade was dismissed in the 13th while Smith went for a duck in Ashwin’s next whole as Australia were down three for 38 in just 14.3 overs. With the exception of the 86-run partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head that followed, Australia couldn’t resist the Indian bowling attack as they were folded for 195 runs in the opening innings after choosing to strike first.
However, in a YouTube video posted by Ashwin early last year, the veteran off-spinner credited Shastri for the idea of using him in the bowling offense at the start of innings, saying the former coach -chief who informed Rahane to use him in the first 10 overs.
“Ravi Shastri came into the locker room and exploded, ‘ASSHHHH, get the ball in the first 10 overs’. I was just wearing my pants. I thought ‘in Melbourne he wants me to play in the first 10 overs’ (Ashwin imitating Shastri), he said in a chat with former India coach R Sridhar.
“It may be wet, it may turn, I said to Jinks (Rahane)”. Bumrah cast a good spell. Jinks then gave me the ball and the first ball I threw it spun around and bounced a lot as well. I was like wow.”
Although Rahane didn’t specify any names during his interview, he admitted that the credit for the decisions he made on the pitch and in the dressing room were taken by ‘someone else’.
“I know what I did there. I don’t need to tell anyone. It’s not in my nature to go and take credit for myself. Yes, there are things I made the decisions on the field or in the locker room, but someone (What was) important to me was that we won the series It was a historic series and for me it was really special “, did he declare.