Ajinkya Rahane Recalls When Rohit Sharma Decided To Teach Shardul A Lesson
By CricShots - Jun 18, 2022 11:28 am
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Veteran India batter Ajinkya Rahane, who captained the Indian team to the historic Test series win in Australia during Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, recalled an incident that happened on Day 5 at the Gabba in Brisbane where Shardul Thakur’s batting had left Rohit Sharma fuming. Shardul Thakur played an outstanding knock for the Indian team in the first innings of the series decider of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 at the Gabba.

ajinkya rahane
Ajinkya Rahane 

Shardul Thakur had made a brilliant partnership with Washington Sundar and he played a brilliant knock of 67 runs off 115 balls, including 9 fours and a couple of sixes. However, in the second innings during the 328-run chase Shardul, who came out to bat after the dismissals of Mayank Agarwal and Washington Sundar, played a rash shot off Josh Hazlewood’s delivery to get dismissed for 2.

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Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane recalled that Rohit had told Shardul when he was going out to bat, that this was his opportunity of becoming a hero. However, after the all-rounder got out Rohit was fuming.

In a documentary named ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’ streaming on VOOT, Ajinkya Rahane said, “Shardul Thakur was walking in when Washington got out. Rohit told him ‘This is your opportunity of becoming a hero’. And he just nodded and left.”

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, and Shardul Thakur

Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also revealed that Rohit had told Shardul Thakur to finish the game. Ashwin stated: “As he was about to go, Rohit said, “Shardul, finish it”. This is exactly what he said, I totally understand Shardul. He would have imagined… ‘like how Ravi bhai said, Dhoni hits a six and wins the World Cup’.”

He further added, “So inside Shardul’s head, he has already figured out the moment, the commentary, the book the movie, everything. So Shardul’s gone for it, it’s gone to short square leg and got out. And everybody inside is like “What are you doing?”

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Ajinkya Rahane added that Rohit was frustrated while looking at Shardul being dismissed in a poor fashion and he said he will teach the all-rounder a lesson once the match gets over. Rahane recalled: “Rohit was sitting next to me. He said, ‘let the match get over, let us win, I will teach him a lesson’. I said ‘forget it, we’ll see once the match is over’.”