India vs Australia: Tim Paine has expressed remorse over his altercation with match officials in Sydney.© TBEN
Australian skipper Tim Paine said on Thursday former Indian tall Sunil Gavaskar is entitled to his opinion, but that does not affect the Australian team at all. As the third test between India and Australia ended in a draw, Sunil Gavaskar openly criticized Paine and he even went on to say that the wicket batsman had his days numbered as a test skipper. “I’m not going to go into it. Going back and forth with Sunil Gavaskar, I don’t think I’m going to win this. He’s entitled to his opinion, it doesn’t affect us at all,” Paine said at a virtual press conference Thursday.
“If that adds anything to the test match. Sunny can go on saying what he wants to say, but in the end, we have nothing to do with him,” he added.
Paine faced harsh criticism for his ways behind the stumps. He was also fined for swearing in front of the arbitrator and complaining about the Decision Review System (DRS).
On the last day of the third Test, he had a verbal duel with Ravichandran Ashwin. To make matters worse, Paine also lost three takes on Day 5.
“I just think I’m going to handle it differently. Last test, I let it go under my skin, I admitted it. I’m going to focus on myself and lead my team,” Paine said.
“This game is about controlling what we can control. If we can do that we’ll be in a good position. If you look at my entire career I’ve done a good job of staying relaxed. Sometimes you feel like you’ve caught up with it. moment, ”he added.
India and Australia will now play the fourth and final test at Gabba, Brisbane, from January 15.
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