Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha criticized a part of the Australian media and said he was trying to fall into the skin of the Indian cricket team.
Much has been said about the five players from the Touring India team who witnessed a meal at a restaurant in Melbourne on Friday after the video was released on social media. In addition, some Australian newspapers have drawn Indian captain Virat Kohli and the all-rounder Hardik Pandya into the picture, claiming that the duo violated biosecurity protocols during a limited overseries.
In response to this series of events, Ojha said all of this was just a tactic to put pressure on Indian players prior to the Sydney test.
“Everyone knows that Australians are bad losers. Despite the missing five major players, they can’t stand it (MCG defeat). The Indian team is doing well. They never expected the Indian team to win. They thought they could win and were surprised,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
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“I think it’s a big trick to try to relieve pressure on Australia and fall into the skin of the Indians. They don’t know exactly what we’re trying to do. The Indian team is comfortable and knows what to do and has focused on the last two tests.”
With the same words, former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta said the controversy outside the pitch would help’galvanize’ the team and get them together on the field.
“I don’t know what the outcome will be. India can continue to win and lose the next two. However, this event will again make the team more lively. I think it will be much closer after the incident. This will help the team get together,” Dasgupta said.
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There have been several reports that Indians are reluctant to go to Brisbane for final testing. However, Cricket Australia’s chief executive Nick Hockley dismissed the news and confirmed that BCCI is’fully supporting’ Queensland’s quarantine requirements.