While tendering a most valuable advice to Indian cricket team, Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his feelings that the Indian cricketers are not used to deal with sledging as the ones from Down Under.
Just after a day since Rohit Sharma got into a verbal spat with Mitchell Johnson while he was batting, the Australian pacer ran through the top half of India’s batting line-up which lead the hosts to a four-wicket victory in the second Test in Brisbane on Saturday.
“I think the Indians should not get into verbal spats with the Australians. We in India, even in club level, are not used to chirping. But the Australians, from the very beginning, are getting into these situations regularly. So it’s really water off a duck’s back to an Australian if you have verbal spats with him. On the other hand, as an Indian it will always stay in your mind even if you are dishing it out. If it is staying at the back of your mind then it is counter-productive. So I think giving it back to Australians wasn’t such a smart idea. I know we have talked about being aggressive but that is about aggressive intent.”
Appreciating the spirit shown by the Australians on the issue he said, “I am lauding the Australians for the way they tampered the verbal spats in this series, especially after the unfortunate Phil Hughes incident. I think there are trying to turn over a new leaf, and that’s how cricket should be played.”
Showing displeasure over the poor performance of Indian bowlers he opined, “I am not quite happy with the Indian bowlers’ performance. I don’t think they exploited the Brisbane pitch that well. Pitches in Australia are normally good for batting on day 3 and 4 but when you let a team off the hook and allow them to score 500 runs then you can’t say that it was good bowling effort.”
Imposing faith on Indian cricket team he said, “I think what India can hope for is that the Christmas spirit also carries onto the Boxing Day Test match. That will be a good thing for Indian cricket. I am hoping that Christmas spirit prevails and the Australians are still celebrating Christmas when they take to the field on Boxing day. That might give us a little bit of chance and of course the weather in Melbourne can be very unpredictable. I am optimistic that India will not be whitewashed 4-0 this time.”
Commenting on the so called ‘unrest’ that took place in the Indian dressing room, Gavaskar categorically emphasized, “Let’s not make that as an excuse. A person who has scored a century in his last two innings, he should have been prepared in those seven minutes. As an opener I can say that batsmen get about seven to eight minutes especially if the innings start in the middle of day’s play.”
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