India vs Australia: Tim Paine expressed regret at his altercation with match officers in Sydney.© AFP
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine on Thursday stated former India nice Sunil Gavaskar is entitled to his opinion, however it doesn’t have an effect on the Australian crew one bit. As the third Test between India and Australia ended in a draw, Sunil Gavaskar had brazenly criticised Paine and he even went on to say that the wicket-keeper batsman has his days numbered because the Test skipper. “I am not going to get into it. Going back and forth with Sunil Gavaskar, do not think I am going to win that. He is entitled to his opinion, it does not affect us one bit,” stated Paine throughout a digital press convention on Thursday.
“If anything it is adding to the Test match. Sunny can keep saying what he wants to say, but in the end, we do not have anything to do with him,” he added.
Paine has been dealing with severe criticism for his mannerisms behind the stumps. He was additionally fined for swearing on the umpire and complaining about Decision Review System (DRS).
On the ultimate day of the third Test, he had a verbal duel with Ravichandran Ashwin. To make the issues worse, Paine additionally ended up dropping three catches on Day 5.
“I just think I will handle it differently. Last Test, I let it get under my skin, I have admitted that. I will concentrate on myself and leading my team,” stated Paine.
“This game is about controlling what we can control. If we can do that, we will be in a good position. If you look at my entire career, I have done a good job of staying relaxed. At times, you feel you get caught up in the moment,” he added.
India and Australia will now play the fourth and ultimate Test at The Gabba, Brisbane, starting January 15.
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