R Ashwin recalls eventful flying experience en route to Sydney after MCG win

Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about the turbulent flight from Melbourne to Sydney while talking about the historic test drawn

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  • Ravichandran Ashwin has opened up on the turbulent flight from Melbourne to Sydney
  • Ashwin explained there was a point in the flight where they thought he wasn’t going to land
  • Ashwin was one of the SCG test heroes helping India save the game
Indian team off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was one of Sydney’s cricket ground heroes in the third Test against Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, has recalled one of his most hectic flight experiences during the tour. Ashwin said there was a point when the whole team thought they weren’t going to land in Sydney at all.

Speaking at the launch of the trailer for the four-part documentary series ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’ made about the historic triumph, Ashwin said: “We were flying to Sydney and the flight encountered a thunderstorm. It was so scary that for a moment I thought the flight would never land.”

Chasing 407 points to win the game in the third Test at SCG, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant put India on course for an unlikely victory, however, losing them both in quick succession and a hamstring injury at Hanuma Vihari, the only par batter remaining meant the visitors had to change strategy. Vihari and Ashwin frustrated Australian bowlers to bowl 42.4 overs on the final day and take the game to a draw.

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Ashwin went unbeaten on 39* from 128 balls at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) while Vihari scored 23 runs on 161 balls as the two held their ends.

“We both felt comfortable from the moment we walked in. We realized what a problem we had, he couldn’t step forward and go on the back foot. He was battling the hamstring injury “When I went into the crease I couldn’t advance against the fast bowlers. So in that situation I said we were going to do a rotation and see how that works out,” Ashwin said.

India then beat the Australians at their stronghold, Gabba in Brisbane in the final Test without 6 of their first-choice players to cap a momentous victory in Test cricket history.

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