A day after Rohit Sharma got into a verbal spat with Mitchell Johnson while he was batting, the Australian pace spearhead ran through the top half of India's batting line-up to lead the hosts to a four-wicket win with a day to spare in the second Test in Brisbane.
"I think the Indians should not get into verbal spats with the Australians. We in India, even in club level, are not used to chirping. But the Australians, from the very beginning, are getting into these situations regularly. So it's really water off a duck's back to an Australian if you have verbal spats with him," Gavaskar said.
He added: "On the other hand, as an Indian it will always stay in your mind even if you are dishing it out. If it is staying at the back of your mind then it is counter- productive. So I think giving it back to Australians wasn't such a smart idea. I know we have talked about being aggressive but that is about aggressive intent.”
"I am lauding the Australians for the way they tampered the verbal spats in this series, especially after the unfortunate Phil Hughes incident. I think there are trying to turn over a new leaf, and that's how cricket should be played," he said
Though India managed to take six Australian wickets in their second innings, Gavsakar, unlike Dhoni, said he was not satisfied with the visiting bowlers' performance.
"I am not quite happy with the Indian bowlers' performance. I don't think they exploited the Brisbane pitch that well. Pitches in Australia are normally good for batting on day 3 and 4 but when you let a team off the hook and allow them to score 500 runs then you can't say that it was good bowling effort," he said.

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