Sunil Gavaskar has reckoned that Tim Paine was really disappointing as captain in the third Test in Sydney and he doesn’t see the Tasmanian leading for a long time.
Tim Paine dropped as many as three catches in the crucial phase of India’s second innings and his sledging to Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t work well either. Compounded by the fact that Australian bowlers failed to dismiss the Indians in 131 overs in the fourth innings put Paine in a position of divergence.
Sunil Gavaskar was not at all impressed by the Aussie’s leadership and stated that his days as a captain might be numbered.
“At the end of the day, the Indians had the last laugh. R Ashwin had the last laugh for whatever Tim Paine was saying. I don’t know I am not an Australian selector, but his days as captain are numbered.
“If you allow the Indian team to bat 130-odd overs without getting wickets, this is a very good Australian attack. The bowling changes, the field placements, everything could have made a difference to the result,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.
Gavaskar slams Paine for his chirping
Tim Paine engaged himself in a verbal duel with Ravichandran Ashwin, calling him a goose, and when Ashwin helped the side to a draw, Paine was frustrated. Gavaskar pointed that out and said Paine was more interested in talking to the batsman rather than his field placing and bowling changes.
“But Tim Paine was more interested in talking to the batsman rather than his field placing and bowling changes. So I won’t be surprised if there is a change in the Australian captaincy after the series is over.
“If you drop simple catches, Rishabh Pant got two edges, they were not difficult catches, the last one which he missed off Vihari was also which he could have left to the first slip. He was a little bit disturbed, his concentration was not thereafter that little episode with R Ashwin,” he added.