MELBOURNE (AFP) – Captain MS Dhoni said Thursday sledging had nothing to do with India’s losing performance in the series against Australia and he encouraged more of it in this week’s third Test in Melbourne.
Dhoni said he saw nothing wrong with sledging despite India coming off second best in their efforts to distract Mitchell Johnson during last week’s second Test in Brisbane.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fired up Johnson in Brisbane with the explosive paceman slugging 88 off 93 balls with 13 fours and one six, and shared in a ground record 148 runs with Steve Smith for the seventh wicket to turn around Australia’s first innings.
Johnson followed up his game-changing knock with a dynamic spell of fast bowling capturing three for 10 in the space of 11 balls to rip the heart out of India’s top order in the second innings to set Australia up for victory and a 2-0 lead in the series.
India must win Friday’s third Test in Melbourne to keep alive the four-match series to the final Test in Sydney in the New Year.
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the tourists should tone down their “verbal spats” in the series, but Dhoni confirmed that won’t be happening.
“I feel a bit of chirping is good on the field,” Dhoni told reporters.