Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta has reacted to Tim Paine’s comment claiming that India are good at niggling and distracting their opponents.
Australia Test team captain Paine, speaking to the press on Thursday, pointed fingers at reports of India unwilling to go to Brisbane for the final Test of the 4-match Test series as one of their efforts to distract the host team. While there was speculation about India’s reluctance over quarantine rules in Brisbane, none of the players or the team management said they would not travel to Queensland. Eventually, the final Test went ahead at the Gabba only to see Australia lose in the format at the venue for the first time in 32 years.
What made the win more special was that India played the final Test without Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari. All the aforementioned players, except Kohli (who took a paternity leave) got injured by the end of the third Test in Sydney. From getting all-out on 36 in the first Test, India bounced back to seal the series 2-1 in their favour.
“Part of the challenge of playing against India is they’re very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn’t really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that,” Tim Paine said, as quoted by news.com.au.
“The classic example was when they said they weren’t going to the Gabba so we didn’t know where we were going. They’re very good at creating these sideshows and we took our eye off the ball.”
I find it really amusing: Deep Dasgupta
Speaking to Sports Today, Deep Dasgupta has said that Indian team never indulges itself in mind games and sideshows, adding that not even a single person from the camp denied from travelling to Brisbane, where they had to follow strict quarantine rules. The 43-year-old added that the Australian team just messed it up and lost a Test at Gabba for the first time in 32 years.
“I don’t think he is making excuses to be honest. After so many months I think he was answering a question or whatever. But having said that, the fact that they did take their eyes off the ball is their fault, isn’t it? There was a genuine issue there, it was not that India was trying to plan up an issue. It was a genuine issue of Indian team going there, getting into a quarantine, into an isolation before a game. It was genuine issue which Indian team brought up and mind you none of the players, team management and coaching staff said anything about it. It was just a hearsay or people generally talking or rumours. I don’t think any players of support staff said about not going to Gabba.
“If there was no official statement what were they taking about and what are they talking about, who were they listening to. So, basically they messed it and lost after 30-plus years at Gabba, they lost back-to-back series to India without Indian team not having quite a few players available for that game. It’s there fault to take their eyes off the ball. I don’t think India played any mind game to be honest. I find it really amusing that he has to bring this up now and I mean just too bad that they fell for it. I don’t think I have never ever heard of Indian team playing mind games and sideshows,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.
Virat Kohli-led India are set to travel to England for the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand followed by a 5-match Test series against Joe Root’s men. India defeated England 3-1 in the homes Test series after their Australia tour which concluded in January.