Tim Paine cops humiliating sledge from Indian cricketer's wife

Andrew Reid
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Seen here, Tim Paine alongside a photo of Ravi Ashwin and his wife Prithi.
Tim Paine's words came back to haunt him after a brutal sledge from Ravi Ashwin's wife Prithi. Pic: AAP/Instagram

Australia captain Tim Paine has been forced to eat humble pie after the wife of one of India's stars delivered a cutting sledge of her own, following Tuesday's record-breaking series victory at the Gabba.

India pulled off one of the most remarkable victories in their Test cricket history, with a venue-record chase of 328 proving a fitting finale for India's incredible 2-1 series victory.

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Paine garnered unwanted headlines during the drawn Sydney Test when he engaged in an ugly verbal stoush with India spinner Ravi Ashwin, who was missing from the fourth and final Test because of injury.

The Aussie captain was forced to apologise for his antics after the third Test at the SCG after calling Ashwin a "d***head" and saying: “I can’t wait to get you to the Gabba," where Australia had not lost a Test in 32 years.

That is until Tuesday's extraordinary display from India, that saw the gutsy efforts of Cheteshwar Pujara and the fearless batting of Rishabh Pant help retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in one of the greatest matches seen on Australian shores in some time.

Ashwin took to social media in the immediate aftermath of India's famous win to hail his teammates, admitting he was disappointed not to have been able to play in the decisive fourth Test.

But it was a message from the allrounder's wife, Prithi Narayanan, that stole the headlines after she gave Paine a cutting reminder about his bold declaration from the third Test.

India's unthinkable victory came after Pujara weathered 211 balls and 10 body blows in one of the gutsiest knocks of the batsman's career.

Pujara scored 56 and his vigil set the platform for Pant to complete the three-wicket win on Tuesday.

The dashing keeper-batsman made remarkably light work of the pressure-laden situation, bringing up the winning runs with a driven boundary off Josh Hazlewood.

Pant finished 89 not out, securing victory at 5.37pm (local time) with three overs remaining.

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The highest successful chase in a Gabba Test was previously 7-236, which Australia completed in 1951.

The ignominy, for a range of reasons, may linger longer in Australia's minds than the heartbreak at Headingley that Ben Stokes inflicted in 2019.

Paine, who lamented his team's inability to close out a series win at multiple junctures after skittling India for a record-low total 36 in Adelaide, borrowed a quote from AFL coach Alastair Clarkson while assessing the wreckage.

"It's never as bad as you think and never as good as you think," Paine said as criticism of his leadership kicked off.

"In this series, we had both of those.

"We walked away from Adelaide with everyone saying we're awesome but we were pretty ordinary for most of that Test, except an hour.

"We have to keep perspective on it. We've been outplayed, we had our chances to win this series and this Test ... we're absolutely disappointed.

"My message to our players is we have another opportunity in a month or so and international cricket is absolutely tough."

Rishabh Pant is seen here being hugged by an Indian teammate at the Gabba.
Rishabh Pant starred with the bat on an incredible final day of the Test series in Brisbane. Pic: Getty

The once-in-a-generation defeat could have long-term ramifications.

As a minimum it has clouded the path of Australia, who had topped the Test table, to this year's world championship final at Lord's.

There will be questions asked about Paine's captaincy and wicketkeeping after he missed a potential stumping when Pant was on 16, and of potential changes for the upcoming tour of South Africa.

There should also be praise for an inexperienced Indian XI that refused to buckle when severely under the pump on countless occasions in recent weeks.

Man-of-the-match Pant described the victory as one of the biggest moments of his life, while stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane struggled to put the enormity of his side's achievement in words.

"Just really proud," Rahane said.

with AAP

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