India vs Australia: R Ashwin and teammates posed with the MCG plate of honor in the background.© R Ashwin / Instagram
Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma had some light-hearted teasing at the expense of fellow Indian teammate Cheteshwar Pujara after India won the second Test against Australia in Melbourne to bring the four-match streak to 1-1. Ashwin posted a photo to social media where he can be seen alongside Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane and Jasprit Bumrah with the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) plate of honor in the background. Rohit, who will join the Melbourne team after completing his quarantine in Sydney, made a cheeky comment: “Pujara too stiff.” Pujara is seen upright while the others pose more casually. To this Ashwin replied: “the national anthem was playing in his head !!”
The chatter followed what could be termed one of the best test wins for India in Australia, as it did after a humiliating loss in Adelaide.
Rahane scored 100, Jadeja got 50 and Ashwin took a total of five wickets in the match when India beat Australia by eight wickets.
Ashwin maintained his grip on the opposition’s best batsman and former captain Steve Smith and dismissed the batsman for the second time in this series in the first innings of the Test.
Smith admitted after the match that he had Ashwin dictate ‘conditions’ to him in their duels, something that ‘no other spinner has done before’.
As for Rohit, the right-handed batsman has reportedly completed his quarantine and will join the team in Melbourne.
According to a BCCI release shared prior to Rohit’s departure to Australia, the vice captain of the restricted overs will be reviewed by medical staff and team management after completing his mandatory quarantine.
The third Test will be played in Sydney and starts on January 7th.
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