Not India's fault that Steve Smith and David Warner were not picked: Sunil Gavaskar slams critics

Virat Kohli kisses the Border-Gavaskar trophy (L), file photo of Sunil Gavaskar (R). Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 07, 2019, 04.22 PM (IST)

Dominant team India registered their status as the world's number one team by winning a historic first-ever series in Australia after the weather-affected fourth match at the Sydney Cricket finished in a draw on Monday. 

After scripting history, Virat-led was showered with praises from a former player Sunil Gavaskar.  

He said, "India played the opposition they were presented with and it's a great achievement for them."

He further added, "It is not that teams that I was a part of didn't play to win. We also played to win but this team is at a different level in terms of fitness and the captain has shown the way. In our times, we used do our individual routines." 

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Besides applauding the winning team, Gavaskar slammed the criticism that the historic win came against a weakened Australian team. 

It was attributed to batting mainstays David Warner and Steve Smith's one-year ban on ball tampering charges but Gavaskar rejected the assertion. 

"It is not India's fault that this Australian team was without David Warner and Steve Smith. Australia could have handed them shorter bans but obviously it was thought that one-year bans would be good for Australian cricket, that they needed to be made an example for anyone who brings the game into disrepute," Gavaskar said during a post-match show on 'Sony Six'. 

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Paine admitted his inexperienced side had been completely outplayed in the last two matches in Melbourne and Sydney but thought the series might have panned out differently had the Australians done better in the opener in Adelaide. 

"We honestly feel that we let that Test match slip," he told reporters. 

"We're really disappointed," Paine said. "We know we had some guys missing but we honestly felt coming into this series that, particularly in Australia, we could beat India." 

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Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed the criticism that the historic win came against a weakened Australian team. 

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