In Gabba 2021 Test, Ravi Shastri Wanted A Draw, Everyone Had A Different Plan: Ravichandran Ashwin

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that the dressing room was divided when it came to the right approach on Day 5 of the famous Gabba Test between India and Australia in 2021.

India was set a target of 329 and they had lost Rohit Sharma early on Day 5. However, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara scored at a brisk rate before Rishabh Pant applied the finishing touches to win the series by a 2-1 margin for India. Speaking about the same, Ashwin said the head coach, Ravi Shastri, wanted to go for a draw.

In this Test (fourth Test at Gabba), Ravi Bhai wanted a draw. Because we could’ve drawn the match. But everyone had a different plan! I asked Jinx, ‘are we going for a win?’ and he said, ‘He (Rishabh Pant) is playing his own game. We will see how it goes’.

Indian Team Wins Gabba Test (Image Credit: Twitter)

The moment Washi went in and scored brisk 20 odd runs, our plan changed. Washi made a very important contribution as well,” Ashwin mentioned during a conversation with Sports Yaari.

“He’s so incredibly blessed with ability” – Ravichandran Ashwin on Pant

Ashwin showered praise on Pant, saying that he has the ability to smash a six off every ball he faces. Notably, Pant has an aggressive mindset which is suitable for the white-ball format but he has been massively influential in red-ball cricket.

Rishabh Pant
India celebrate after breaching the Australia fortress, Gabba. (Photo: Twitter)

It’s very difficult to understand what’s going on in his (Pant’s) mind. He can do anything. He’s so incredibly blessed with ability that he thinks he can hit a six every ball. Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep him calm. In Sydney, Puji tried to keep him calm but he eventually missed the century,” Ashwin mentioned.

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