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Paine’s behaviour was unbefitting as a captain of a national team : Gavaskar

India vs Australia: Paine tried his best to shout at Ashwin while he was in the middle. Paine appeared to clash with Ashwin when he told the off-spinner that he could no longer wait to see him at the Brisbane Test.

Australian captain Tim Paine briefly partnered with Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 5 of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia were looking to pick 10 wickets on Day 5 to win the match but the Indian batsmen had other plans. However, with great effort from Australia, India managed to catch and draw the match with Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari looking for an unbeaten run of 70 runs off 286 balls.

Paine tried his best to shout at Ashwin when he was in the middle. Paine appeared to clash with Ashwin when he told the off-spinner that he could no longer wait to see him at the Brisbane Test. “I can’t wait to take you to Gabba, Ash,” Paine said in Nathan Lyon’s time. Ashwin quickly replied saying that he can’t wait to take him to India, it will be his last series.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was unhappy with Paine’s conduct and said he did not deserve to be captain of the national team.

Gavaskar says Paine’s behaviour ‘was unbefitting of a captain of a national team
Gavaskar says Paine’s behaviour ‘was unbefitting of a captain of a national team

Sunil Gavaskar also told that first of all, the national team captain should not have talked about anything other than that of cricket. By all means, you want to visit the opposition, talk about their cricket, you can tell the strikers that he does not know how to play, you can say he is wrong. All those things are perfectly acceptable because he speaks about or regarding cricket. But when you talk about something else, it shows your anger and frustration. It shows that you can’t bear the fact that the opposition party is fighting.

Gavaskar said that by the end of that day, all the Indians had one last laugh. R Ashwin had one last laugh at whatever Tim Paine said. He said that he don’t know if he is the one who chose Australia, but his days as captain are numbered. If you let the Indian team score 130 overs without getting any Wickets, this is the best attack in Australia. Bowling changes, stadium placement, would all make a difference in the outcome.

He also said that but Tim Paine had a greater eagerness to talk to the batsman than to set up his own position that also replaces bowling change. So he would not be surprised if there was a change in the Australian captaincy after the series. If someone drops the easy catch, Rishabh Pant got two edges, it wasn’t hard catch, the last one is not lost to Vihari as well and which could have left it on the first slip.

At the end of the match, Paine came to Ashwin to shake hands and everything seemed to be going well between the two players. With the series set at 1-1, India and Australia will play their fourth and final Test in Brisbane starting on January 15.

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