He started making fun of me when I got hit: Ashwin reveals how Aus player’s sledging worked in his favour at SCG

Team India’s historic Test series win against Australia on the latter’s home soil boasted several moments to mark the side’s resurgence since the Adelaide drubbing, whether it was Ajinkya Rahane-Ravindra Jadeja’s partnership at MCG or Rishabh Pant-Cheteshwar Pujara’s stand at SCG or Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant’s knocks at Gabba, but the Hanuma Vihari-

Despite Vihari’s hamstring injury and R Ashwin’s rib injury, the injured pair fought back, trying to save the Test match for the visitors. When Ashwin recalled the moment that spurred him to get more resilient, he said he got into a zone.

During the documentary ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’ on Voot, Ashwin revealed that Matthew Wade sledged him for making fun of him after he got hit, and he went into a state of either you or me.

He made fun of me. He was like ‘Aah’ and all that in front of my face. And I was like, ‘he’s making a joke out of this, and I need to show who I am. I haven’t been in a zone like that in my life before or since. I said it’s either you or me.”.

“There was this ball where I tried to go forward and my spikes got stuck. And immediately, Matthew Wade started laughing. ‘Hahaha, that’s so agri and all that stuff’. I put a chest guard on, which was Vihari’s, which they started making fun of. ‘This is very agricultural’ and all that. The more they started going, the more resolve we started showing, he added.