Ashwin: ‘Smith’s DRS referral an Under-10 game tactic’

Ashwin also revealed that he had told Matt Renshaw that he would have them for “soup and dessert” if they did not score big in reply to India’s meagre first innings total of 189.

Ravichandran Ashwin was in no mood to spare the Aussies in the second innings, taking a match-winning six-wicket haul.   -  PTI

Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a dig at Steve Smith’s controversial move to seek dressing room advice for a DRS referral in the second Test against India, calling it “an Under-10 game” tactic.

Stating that the incident reminded him of his junior cricket days, Ashwin said: “Steven Smith actually turned back and asked the dressing room if he could take a review. That is completely unheard of. The last time I thought that to happen was in an Under-10 game, when my coach used to suggest where point fielders and cover fielders used to stand.

“It was really surprising. I have a lot of respect for Steven Smith, but that was very, very surprising,” Ashwin said while speaking to his team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara in a video.

Ashwin, whose six wickets sealed India’s come-from-behind win against Australia in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1, revealed that he had told young Australian opener Matt Renshaw that he would have them for “soup and dessert” if they did not score big in reply to India’s meagre first innings total of 189.

“They were having a lot of chat in the park when we were actually going out to bat and we were down. It is very easy to have a chat when you are down. I told Matt Renshaw when he was batting in the first innings that if they didn’t score big I would have them for soup and dessert. I am very happy that it happened.”

Pujara added: “...they were talking a lot and probably sledging is something which, as a unit, we felt that we can give them back.”

Pujara said that he had been talking in David Warner’s ear, telling him about Ashwin’s record against him. “They were always under pressure when they walked in to bat, and I wanted to make sure their batsmen were thinking about it, especially David Warner. Whenever he walks in to bat, Ash is always happy, so I always keep reminding him that Ash is the one who picks (up his wicket),” said Pujara.

On his send-off to Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc by pointing a finger to his temple, Ashwin said it was a rejoinder to what the left-arm pacer had told his Tamil Nadu team-mate Abhinav Mukund earlier.

“I saw yesterday, Abhi (Mukund) pulled Mitchell Starc for a six, he top-edged it for six. But yes, I don’t think he was in any sort of hurry when he pulled that ball, and Mitchell Starc suggested that he would hit him on the helmet. I don’t know, people generally have the habit of saying I’ll hit you back on the helmet at Gabba.

“It doesn’t matter, this is Bangalore, so I thought I must tell him that he got hit off me, in the first innings, on the helmet,” said Ashwin.

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