“4-5 Guys Put Whole Test Series At Risk”: Tim Paine On India’s 2020-21 Australia Tour

Written by Sumit Seth

The 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy is viewed as one of the most memorable Test series as it saw an injury-hit India staging a comeback to defeat Australia in their own backyard. Under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, Team India showed remarkable grit and determination to outclass the hosts. The series saw its own fair bit of drama and before the third Test in Sydney, a few of the Indian stars were asked to stay in the hotel after they were seen at a restaurant.

A video had gone viral on social media, in which the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, and Navdeep Saini were seen at a restaurant after the win in Melbourne.

After staying indoors in their hotel, these players tested negative for COVID-19 and hence were available for the third Test in Sydney.

Speaking about the incident on Voot Select’s docu-series ‘Bandon Me Tha Dum’, former Australia skipper Tim Paine said: “I mean those four or five guys put the whole Test series at risk. For what? For a bowl a Nando’s chips or wherever they went, like I just find that pretty selfish to be honest.”

Pacer Pat Cummins also spoke about how some members of the Australian team were annoyed seeing Indian stars allegedly “flouting the rules”.

“It did annoy quite a few of the boys, especially the ones who had to spend a Christmas without their families. That was sacrificing quite a bit to be there on the tour to hear that the other team were flouting the rules and not taking it seriously,” said Cummins.

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