India and Pakistan may be the biggest cricket rivals but India and Australia are no friends either. The two nations share a long cricketing rivalry and the Border Gavaskar Trophy keeps that rivalry rich and alive. As another edition of the Test series is all set to be played from February 9, the buzz among the cricket fans of the two countries is unmatchable. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the two teams to take the field and write another chapter in this age-old rivalry.
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While Rohit Sharma is at the helm of affairs for India, Pat Cummins is leading the Kangaroos. Meanwhile, the fans in the two camps are busy cheering for their respective teams. However, there is a section of fans arguing over the pitch that will be presented for the first Test in Nagpur. While the visiting team’s fans are criticizing the Indian cricket board (BCCI) for directing to create a pitch that favours India, the Indian fans are busy giving it back.
Amid all these talks of who is the devil and who is the saint, an Indian journalist has shared an interesting Twitter thread, revealing a couple of behind-the-scene stories from India’s tours of Australia over the years. The journalist talked about Australia complaining about the pitch and India not being a ‘good host’ and reminded the Australian fans how they have treated touring nations over the years.
Citing an example from India’s tour of Australia in 2020-21, the journalist pointed out how India all-rounder Washington Sundar’s request for a pair of pads was flatly denied and how he had to play with ill-fitting pads. He also mentioned a story involving veteran pacer Ishant Sharma and how he could not get a simple rice and dal.
The journalist then suggested that the Australians should stop cribbing about the pitch and instead focus on playing good cricket. “So, Aussies can stop cribbing, and concentrate on the Test match & series. Play on whatever is given,” the journalist tweeted.