Gavaskar can say whatever he wants, it doesn’t affect us: Paine
India great Sunil Gavaskar can say whatever he wants, but it does not affect the Australian side, said their captain Tim Paine on Thursday (January 14).
After India’s hard-fought draw in the third Test in Sydney, Gavaskar had openly criticised Paine because of his antics behind the stumps, and even gone on to predict that the Australian’s days are numbered as a Test skipper.
“First and foremost, it was unbefitting of a captain of a national team to be talking about something other than cricket,” Gavaskar had said, indicating Paine’s verbal duel with Ravichandran Ashwin on the final day at SCG.
However, when pressed by the media to reflect his views on what Gavaskar had to say, Paine simply declared he is “not going to get into it”.
“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, if anything it is adding to the Test match,” said Paine.
“Sunny (Sunil Gavaskar) can keep saying what he wants to say, but in the end, we do not have anything to do with him,” he added.
The third Test in Sydney did not go quite well for Paine individually. Besides dropping three important catches, he was also fined following the match for swearing at the umpire and complaining about DRS. But Paine is confident that things will be different in the series-decider.
“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. 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,” said Paine.