Ajinkya Rahane recently narrated an anecdote about the historic Gabba Test from the 2020- 21 Border Gavaskar Trophy where the injured Rohit Sharma got extremely angry on Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur. While speaking in the documentary ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum’ streaming on VOOT, Rahane revealed how Sharma was furious after Thakur’s dismissal.
India lost Mayank Agarwal and Washington Sundar in quick succession, here Shardul joined Rishabh Pant on the crease. Thakur was expected to finish the game and take the Men in Blue over the line with Pant. But the all-rounder hit a rash shot and got out after scoring just two runs.
Addressing this moment, 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. 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.”
Similarly, R Ashwin also talked about this incident where he addressed how Sharma wanted Thakur to finish the game. He said, “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’.”
“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?”
Despite Shardul‘s dismissal, the Indian team went on to win the match by three wickets as Rishabh Pant played an incredible unbeaten knock of 89. With this victory, India registered a historic win at the Gabba and won the series 2-1.