India won their second consecutive Test series in Australia when the Men in Blue toured Australia in 2020-2021.
The series was one of the greatest Test tours in cricket history. The second-string Indian side upset the Aussies at the Gabba to win the series 2-1.
However, the series had its lows. One such time was when a few Indian players flouted COVID rules to celebrate the 2nd Test victory.
After India won the Melbourne Test, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, and Prithvi Shaw decided to celebrate the win with some local food and took to the streets.
Those were the times when players had to remain in the bubble. However, the rules permitted players to take a walk in the city but barred them from entering any indoor outlet. The players were captured sitting inside a restaurant, to everyone’s surprise. This incident forced Cricket Australia to investigate the matter for the safety of other players. The series was on the verge of getting postponed or canceled.
As a result, those five players were isolated but returned negative for the virus.
Reflecting on those times, Australia captain Tim Paine, who is on a break from cricket after being exposed by a female co-worker for inappropriate texting, criticized the Indian players and called them ‘selfish.’
Paine spoke his heart out on the incident in the new docu-series, ‘Bando Mein Tha Dum,’ where he said, “I mean those 4-5 guys put the whole Test series at risk. For what? For a bowl of Nando’s, chips, or wherever they went, I just find that pretty selfish, to be honest.”