New Delhi: Terming India’s loss in Galle as “terrible”, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that it’s time the team management stops the “aggressive and tentative talk” and focuses on playing good cricket.
“I think we should stop talking about aggressiveness, tentativeness and whatever, I think we should just focus on the game and start playing the game. We don’t have to justify anything to anybody as to the kind of cricket you are going to play. You have got to play cricket that suits your team, that suits the position that the team is in, suits the pitch that you are playing on and suits the opposition that you are playing against,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
“And that is the only way to play cricket and all this talk about aggressive cricket, this and that cricket really has to be shut out now and you have to just focus on good cricket. That is the most important thing, play good cricket, doesn’t matter if it’s defensive cricket, aggressive cricket, at the end of the day you want your team to win, it’s as simple as that,” he added.
An unbeaten 162 by Diensh Chandimal gave the hosts the will to fightback and the spinners turned it around to provide the final punch. “It would have to be one of the terrible losses that India suffered. Because after you take a big lead like this, you are expected to win the match. But clearly, despite taking that huge lead, India were just not able to step up in the second innings, when they were bowling and batting,” said the legendary opener.