Off late, the casual approach adopted by the Indian team management towards their cricketers for using obscene, offensive language and gestures on the field has proved costly, resulting into imposition of fine on Ishant Sharma. It has been noticed that this has become a common phenomenon among the Indian players to display aggression on the field as many of India’s players including Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have been riling up some Aussie players in Adelaide and Gabba. On many occasions, the umpires have been forced to intervene in the matter.

It appears that a few of our players had developed an attacking approach in their mindset prior to the tour. As is evident that Rohit Sharma had declared matter-of-factly before the start of the tour, “This is Australia, we have to give it back to them.”

It is pertinent to add that in the past India did not prove to be a gainer during Jadeja Anderson spat. Eventually, the Australian Team led by newly appointed Steve Smith has already gone ahead with a 2-0 lead. Thus, this is high time that the tendency of Indian players involving aggressively with the opponent should be checked.

Although former cricketer VVS Laxman as got an altogether different approach, as shown in this tweet, “When an Aussie sledges it’s aggression but if an Indian sledges it’s unnecessary and foolish. Bottom line India didn’t bowl well to Mitch.”

This is sad that the Australian media has already labeled M Dhoni a “whinger” for criticizing the state of practice pitches. Dhoni however has a different notion.

He said, “I feel they are not abusing each other, and till they don’t cross the line it is fine. A lot of kids and elderly people also watch the game. A lot of time we are asked what spirit of cricket is. What I feel is it (scuffles and banter) is something you don’t want your kids to do when they are playing. Most of the players have played with each other in the IPL. If anything is within the boundaries and guidelines of the game, I am happy with it. You also want a bit of aggression in the game. It also brings in a bit of entertainment for the spectators.”


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