The 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy is touted as one of the most memorable Test series ever as an injured India returned to defeat Australia in their own backyard. Team India, under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, showed remarkable grit and determination to outwit the hosts. The series saw a lot of drama and ahead of the third Test in Sydney, some Indian stars were asked to stay in a hotel after being spotted at a restaurant.
A video went viral on social media, in which people like Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini were seen in a restaurant after the win in Melbourne.
After staying indoors at their hotel, these players tested negative for COVID-19 and were therefore available for the third Test in Sydney.
Speaking about the incident on Voot Select’s series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’, former Australia captain Tim Paine said: “I mean those four or five guys risked the whole Test series. For what? Like a Nando’s chips for a bowl or wherever they went, I find it pretty selfish to be honest.”
Pacer Pat Cummins also revealed how some members of the Australian team were annoyed to see the Indian stars allegedly “flouting the rules”.
“This angered some of the boys, especially those who had to spend Christmas without their families. Sacrificing enough to come on tour to hear that the other team was violating the rules and not taking it Got it. Seriously,” Cummins said.
Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in that series after the first Test in Adelaide, explained how Australia played a mind game after losing the Melbourne Test and how the news of Indian stars breaking Covid rules was completely false .
“The players seen in the pictures were actually waiting for their takeaway orders. Due to bad weather, they had to wait inside. The story that appeared in the news was actually wrong. The Australian Cricket Board said that when you go to Sydney Will go from Melbourne, no one can come out of the hotel and you have to go through quarantine. The outside world, especially in Sydney, everything was normal. There was no lockdown, everyone was allowed to move around and players were allowed to go home. Was told to stay inside. We knew Australia started playing mind games, especially after what happened in Melbourne.
Speaking about the same, Mohammad Siraj said: “If we had lost the second Test, it would not have happened. After making a comeback with 36 runs, he was caught off-guard. He suddenly started the quarantine again.”
After being bundled out for 36 in the first Test, India went on to win the Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane to win the series 2–1. The visitors suffered multiple injuries and even Virat Kohli went back home but that didn’t deter the spirit and the Rahane-led side went on to win the ages.
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