R Ashwin Revealed The Message That Shardul Thakur Didn’t Deliver In Sydney Test

R Ashwin Revealed The Message That Shardul Thakur Didn’t Deliver In Sydney Test: Team India’s historic Test win against Australia will be remembered for ages. From strict quarantine restrictions to an injury crisis, team India faced numerous challenges during the series, however, they shoed immense fighting spirit and returned victorious from Australia

Though the series began with a humiliating note for team India as the men in blue were bundled off for a record-low of 36. However, team India made a stunning comeback to win the Melbourne Test, draw Sydney Test, and finish the series by breaching Australia’s fortress ‘The Gabba’.

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India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin won everyone’s hearts and all the limelight after his stunning performance on Day 5 of the third Test match. Ravi Ashwin displayed incredible resistance with the bat as he kept the hopes alive of millions of fans. He made sure to keep India in the hunt along with Hanuman Vihari. Ashwin and Vihari’s heroic show in Sydney will never be forgotten by the Indian fans.

Recently, during a conversation with India’s fielding coach R Sridhar, Ravichandran Ashwin, in his YouTube channel, revealed a hilarious yet interesting incident featuring Shardul Thakur and the message from Ravi Shastri that he didn’t deliver.

It happened when R Ashwin, with a sore back and Hanuma Vihari, with a torn hamstring, was batting out on Day 5 of the Sydney Test, team management sent bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur to the ground to pass on a message for the duo in the middle. However, Shardul didn’t deliver the message.

Here’s the full conversation between Ashwin and Sridhar on Shardul Thakur conveying the message from the dressing room:

Ashwin: Already I was padded up and standing from the morning because of my back pain. And then suddenly there was talk of Jadeja batting. And then suddenly Shastri came and said ‘Ash, go!’ After I went in, there were multiple messages from Shastri. Take us through those.

Sridhar: At one end, the bounce was a bit uneven and you got hit. We were worried about two things – one, a batsman getting out. And two, if Ash was injured, there was only Ravi Shastri left to play! Lot of things at stake, so he sent a message through Shardul.

He called for Shardul and said ‘go tell Ashwin that I told him to play Lyon and Vihari to play the pacers’.

Ashwin: We were oblivious to it. We were keeping on playing the same way, and Vihari came and said Ash I’m feeling a bit distracting, so let’s rotate strike for a couple of overs. And we got a single. Vihari played off-spin, and after an over, he came and said I’m unable to move my feet! Somehow we survived.

Shardul came running in and said “they’re talking a lot of things inside. But I won’t tell you anything! You both are playing well, just continue!” We were wondering what kind of a message this is.

Sridhar: And we were thinking he conveyed the message to you guys! And then every ball became an event. You batted till tea, and then we started believing. We had 249 balls, and Shastri would say ‘Shabash’ after every ball. ”

Here, watch the YouTube video:



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