Twitter mercilessly mocks Aussie captain Tim Paine after his ‘I can’t wait to get you to the Gabba’ threat spectacularly backfires as India knock off 328 to win incredible Test in Brisbane (and even Ravi Ashwin can’t resist a dig!)
- India pulled off one of the greatest Test victories of all time in Brisbane
- They chased down a victory target of 328 to win the decisive Test at the Gabba
- Rishabh Pant moved into one-day mode to score 89 and steer his team home
- Tim Paine was on the receiving end on social media after his words in Sydney
- He had told Ravi Ashwin last week ‘I can’t wait to get you to the Gabba’
Tim Paine’s grandstanding in Sydney came back to bite him as India pulled off one of the greatest Test victories of all time in an astonishing run chase in Brisbane.
After telling Ravi Ashwin during the draw third Test ‘I can’t wait to get you to the Gabba’, an injury-depleted Indian side chased down 328 on the final day to claim the series.
Rishabh Pant’s brilliant 89, following on from opener Shubman Gill’s 91, guided India to their victory target with just three wickets and 18 balls left and inflicted Australia’s first defeat at the Gabba since 1988.
Australia captain Tim Paine (left) and Indian batsman Ravi Ashwin (right) got into a heated sledging exchange during the third Test in Sydney
Paine had a barbed exchange with Ashwin that was picked up by the stump microphone
And Twitter has been quick to poke fun at Paine for his role in their downfall.
Paine was overheard on the stump mic calling spinner Ashwin a ‘d***head’, after the pair exchanged barbs during India’s tail-end resistance at the SCG last week.
After his threat about getting him to the Gabba, Ashwin, who was ruled out himself with injury, retorted: ‘I can’t wait to get you to India. It’ll be your last series.’
And Ashwin could not resist getting the last word in as he was among those to mock Paine after India’s sensational victory.
He tweeted: ‘Good evening from Gabba!! I am sorry I couldn’t play here but thanks for hosting us and playing some hard cricket during these tough times. We will remember this series forever!’, before tagging Paine in at the end of the tweet.
Many others were quick to pile in.
@Fletcherlad tweeted: ‘Ashwin was so wrong about Tim Paine’s career being over after Aus tours India, its over after this test itself’.
Another added: ‘I thought Tim Paine couldn’t wait to get India to the Gabba..’
One user tweeted: ‘Tim Paine: “Can’t wait for the Gabba Test”. Team India: “Can’t wait either to slay your fortress and end your 32 year old streak of being unbeaten there”‘
Paine apologised for a ‘really poor game as leader’ after the behaviour of Australia’s cricketers came under the spotlight in Sydney.
The wicketkeeper admitted he ‘ended up looking like a fool’ because he dropped a catch soon after sledging Ashwin.
‘I want to apologise for the way I went about things yesterday. I’m someone who prides themselves on the way I lead this team and yesterday was a poor reflection of the team,’ Paine said.
‘I let the pressure of the game get to me. It affected my mood and my performance.
Paine has been mercilessly mocked on Twitter as Australia were beaten at the Gabba
India secured a thrilling three-wicket win over Australia to settle the series 2-1
‘I’ve had a really poor game as a leader … yesterday I fell short of my expectations and our team’s standards. I’m human. I want to apologise for the mistakes I made yesterday.
‘It’s certainly not a reflection of the way I want to lead this team. We’ve set high standards over the last few months and … I’m bitterly disappointed.
‘My mood throughout the whole Test match was a bit off. The way I spoke to the umpires was unacceptable.
‘I’ve got to cop that on the chin. It’s certainly not a reflection of how I want to do it going forward.
‘I fell short of my own standards and expectations. I’m bitterly disappointed with that.’
With all outcomes possible on what proved to be a nip and tuck final day of an epic and often controversial series, India seized the initiative in the last session having battled hard all day.
Pant moved into one-day mode and was joined by first Washington Sundar, who made 22 before being bowled by Nathan Lyon, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, to get India home by three wickets amid nerve-shredding tension in Brisbane.
It meant India won the four-Test series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy despite being ravaged by injury, confined by Covid-19 quarantine and without their captain Virat Kohli for the last three Tests after being bowled out for just 36 in the opener in Adelaide.
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