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Australia v India

Prithi Ashwin hilariously live-tweets her husband’s part in epic Test climax

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

With Ravichandran Ashwin battling it out against the Aussies at the SCG on day five, his wife, Prithi Ashwin turned into a fan and took to Twitter to share her emotions about the proceedings.

‘Day 5. C’mon India!,’ her first tweet from the day read as India walked out with a mammoth target, a day five wicket and a top quality Australian bowling attack ready to pounce on them.

Just like any other Indian fan, her disappointment at Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal turned to relief and then excitement as Rishabh Pant went about his decimation of the Aussie attack with Cheteshwar Pujara for company.

The partnership was soon broken with Pant miscuing a loft off Nathan Lyon and a few overs later Pujara followed. The stand between Hanuma Vihari and Ashwin took center stage on a tough day on the field for the Indians as Australians started dishing out verbals while bouncing the two batsmen.

As Tim Paine expressed his frustration by asking the players to “just get on with it” when Vihari was adjusting his chest pad, Prithi expressed shock at the insensitivity of the Australian skipper.

Slowly, Ashwin and Vihari rode through the tough spell and settled down at the wicket. Like every Indian fan, Prithi was rooted to the same spot as the partnership started frustrating the Aussies.

The sledging didn’t tone down with Matthew Wade even hitting Vihari with an errant throw. As social media outraged over the tactics by the Aussies, Prithi wondered whether to “tweet as a fan” or as “a wife”.

The sledging boiled down to a spat between Ashwin and Paine with the former asking the wicketkeeper to come down to India, warning him that it would be his “last series”. Prithi tweeted asking Ashwin to keep his cool.

As India pulled off a remarkable draw, Prithi turned fan, and applauded each one of them egging India on during the game on social media.
She concluded her live-tweeting, revealing what Ashwin had gone through the previous night before battling it out in the middle for India on day five.

Ashwin logged on as soon as he returned to the changing room and revealed the impact of the support of his wife.


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