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Indians should avoid spats with Aussies: Gavaskar

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday advised the Indian team to avoid verbal spats with their Australian counterparts as he feels the country’s cricketers are not as well equipped to deal with sledging as the ones from Down Under.

A day after Rohit Sharma got into a verbal spat with Mitchell Johnson while he was batting, the Australian pace spearhead ran through the top half of India’s batting line-up to lead the hosts to a four-wicket win with a day to spare in the second Test in Brisbane on Saturday.

“I think the Indians should not get into verbal spats with the Australians. We in India, even in club level, are not used to chirping. But the Australians, from the very beginning, are getting into these situations regularly. So it’s really water off a duck’s back to an Australian if you have verbal spats with him,” Gavaskar told ‘NDTV’.

He added: “On the other hand, as an Indian it will always stay in your mind even if you are dishing it out. If it is staying at the back of your mind then it is counter- productive. So I think giving it back to Australians wasn’t such a smart idea. I know we have talked about being aggressive but that is about aggressive intent.
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