An ongoing series between India and Australia has seen a new spark of controversy emerge when five members of an Indian group are detained after a reported breach of bio-bubble agreements. Reports, then, have also surfaced that the Indian team wants to rest on tight limits which is why, they are reluctant to play the 4th Test at Gabba in Brisbane.
The news agency on Thursday also reported that the BCCI on Thursday wrote to Cricket Australia seeking a break from the difficult Brisbane division policy to carry out the fourth Test, reminding the board that the visitors were made of the strict separation agreed upon at the start of the trip.
In the interview, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra criticized the Australian media and said they were creating an image as if the Indian team was afraid to play for the Australian team in Gabba. Describing the Aussie media as a “twelfth man”, Chopra said the image was made as if the Indian party was “pushing” the Brasbane Test.
Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel that he saw during the last trip that mental illness was done in Australia. When Australia lost to the Adelaide Test for the last time, coach Justin Langer told the media that this is a team of ‘bad boys’ and ‘bullies’ against another team. He was like ‘a bully calls a bully, what do you do?’. Then after winning the Perth Test, the media created the impression that India could not win in Perth.
He says that now the same spirit is being created in Gabba that the Indian team cannot win in Gabba. He feels that the Indian team is better placed when the match is held in Gabba, because if they make an individual mark, and if Steve Smith does not hit the runs, the weight is tilted to the Indian side.
He also further said that an Australian team that has to think about playing in a different place, on a fast pitch. But the situation has been created that the Indian team does not want to play in Gabba because they are afraid of the grass on the Gabba surface.
He says that this is very common in Australian news and is the way they behave. They became the twelfth man. It also happened on the last trip. They could have leaked a video clip of how Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma got into an argument, and the stump caught up with the abusive conversations between the players.
He said how did the media get these clips? This is the whole program in the area where the media story will come out, and then the old players start talking about it. The old players, during the last game first spoke with one voice that this Indian team is a really unethical team, but they were tasting their medicine.
He says that his question is that why is making archery an issue a national issue? He says he remembers there was a front-page news that said ‘Indian party is in trouble’ because there was a split in the party. It was another example of striking things unequally by the Australian media, and they actually played the role of the 12th man on their side. He asks whether this happened again?
He also further said that he situation around the Brisbane Test reminds him of what happened in Australia over the years when the media, former players, and also the current players were asked such questions – and they all came together to fight against what they were doing, and he says that maybe the same thing could happen again.