"Instant Tears": Ravichandran Ashwin Reacts To Wife's Emotional Tweet After SCG Heroics

Tanya Simon
January 12, 2021

A courageous and injury-racked India yesterday pulled off a remarkable draw in a tense third Test against Australia, as they survived against the hosts' much-vaunted bowling attack to take the series to a decider.

"There was a bit of double bounce, so it was hard against Cummins". That's the main thing I've learnt in cricket.

"So, yesterday when I came off the ground, my reflection was purely on my wicket-keeping..."

To compound his woes, Paine also grassed three chances in the day that did affect the match's outcome. Initially, I reflected purely on my wicketkeeping.

"I certainly feel that I let them down and I've got to wear that". And I know he's really disappointed with the way it's come across.

According to Paine, his behaviour on Monday wasn't a reflection of the way he wants to lead the Australian team. "We have set really high standards over the last 18 months and [Monday] was a bit of a blip on the radar".

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Talking about his duel with on-field umpire Paul Wilson regarding DRS, Paine replied: "My mood throughout the whole Test match was a bit off".

"I spoke to JL [Langer], Andrew McDonald and Matthew Mott and that was exactly what I said, I felt I had a really poor game in terms of my leadership and that affected our team". I've got to cop that on the chin. "I'm bitterly disappointed with that".

Paine made headlines late on the final day's play when he started sledging India spinner Ravi Ashwin, who fought bravely to earn his team a result in Sydney. The Australian had scores of 131 and 81 in the Sydney Test. Williamson's epic 238 in the second Test against Pakistan in Christchurch has helped him reach the best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player and consolidate his position at the top of the list.

He took to Twitter criticizing Paine. "The man went to bed last night with a awful back tweak and in unbelievable pain. Yes, I had a quick chat with him after the game and everything was fine", he elaborated. I'm sure if people are happy to look back at the footage you'll see it happens probably a couple of times a Test match with Steve.

"Just didn't hold our catches, myself in particular".

Stump microphones picked up some barbs that Australia's skipper, who has helped turn around the team's image after the Cape Town cheating scandal, directed at India veteran Ravichandran Ashwin during the 122nd over of the stonewall. When it's all said and done, the way the spirit of this series has been played, 99 per cent of the time it's been excellent.

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