Earlier in the year, Australia succumbed to a torrid outing against India as they lost the four-match home Test series by 2-1. The defeat brought a lot of criticism for the home side as it was their second Test series defeat against India in a row. Months after the humiliating defeat, Australia’s Test skipper Tim Paine revealed that Indians are very good at distracting at playing mind games.
Paine was of the view that the talks regarding India refusing to play the fourth Test at Gabba acted as a distraction for Australians as they weren’t clear regarding where they will be playing next after the Sydney Test. The comments made by the Australian skipper didn’t go down well with many Indian fans and they took to social media to slam Paine for the same.
After receiving massive flak on the social media, Paine finally issued a clarification stating that he didn’t take any credit away from India for winning the Test series. Tim also reckoned that he doesn’t mind getting trolled by the Indian fans as he loves their passion for the game.
“I was asked a number of things, and one of those was talking about the challenges of playing against India. One of them was the distraction they can create. There were a lot of talks that they weren’t going to Brisbane. They’re always changing gloves and bringing out physios and all that can get on your nerves. Just that was one of the things that probably distracted me and took my eye off the ball at times,” Paine told Adam Gilchrist on the ‘Gilly and Goss podcast’
“But also, I did say that they simply outplayed us and that they deserved to win but they left that one out. The Indian fans have been slamming me on social media. They’re saying that I’m making excuses again but it’s all good fun.”