Mumbai, Oct 24: The India-Australia rift in Cricket is seem to be widening with the new controversial remarks made by the former Oz wicketkeeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist about India's 'Masterblaster' Sachin Tendulkar. Even when the Indo-Oz players are trying hard to control their emotions in the on-going India-Australia test series(Border-Gawasker trophy) Gilly's comments may add fuel to the fury. Gilly in his upcoming biography True Colours has virtually accused Sachin of not being gracious in his defeat. " Sachin Tendulkar shirks from a handshake if he ends on the losing side," said Gilchrist.
While describing the dramatic final moments on the final day of the Sydney Test, which India lost narrowly, Gilchrist says: "We went into the Indian changing room and shook hands. Not all their players could be found, which points to another subtle cultural difference. In the Australian mentality, we play it hard and are then quick to shake hands and leave it all on the field. Some of our opponents don't do it that way. Sachin Tendulkar, for instance, can be hard to find for a changing room handshake after we have beaten India. Harbhajan can also be hard to find.""I guess it's a case of different strokes for different folks", he added.
Gilly's views and comments make it clear that he is no fan of Tendulkar, who is hugely admired figure in Australia ever since he played first in Oz as a teenager in 1991-92. He also said that Sachin is sore lier. He made this comment over Tendulkar's role in 'Monkeygate' issue between Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
He also alleged Tendulkar as not sticking to his words. Gilly said in the first hearing Tendulkar claimed he hadn't heard what Bajji said and during the second hearing he supported his teammate's version that he had used a Hindi swear word that sounded similar to monkey.
His views make it clear that he isn't a fan of Tendulkar, who has been a hugely admired figure in Australia ever since he first played in the country as a teenager in 1991-92.
Gilchrist not only accuses Tendulkar of being a bad sport, but also goes on to criticise his role in the 'monkeygate' scandal involving Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds earlier this year in Australia.
He blames Tendulkar for not sticking by his story about the episode. At the first hearing Tendulkar claimed he hadn't heard what Harbhajan had said and during the second he supported his teammate"s version that he had used a Hindi swear word that sounded similar to monkey.
Meanwhile, M V Sridhar, the Indian media manager during the Australian tour who was present at both the hearings of the name calling incident said that Gilly's comments are uncalled for. He added, "Why do you have to mention words in the middle of the series. This comment is highly uncalled for and I think this is quiet sad that such comments are being made."
One of the witness of the name calling incident Mattew Hayden has said that everyone involved in that incident has moved on. He even praised Harbhajan Singh saying that the offspinner is a true star in terms of spirit of the game. He said, "I admire Harbhajan Singh and the way he has played in this series. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch him play and has been a great challenge for the batsmen. Everyone has however, moved on from the last summer."
But Gilchrist's comment on World's highest run-scorer and India's top batsman Sachin Tendulkar has certainly incited the wrath of Cricket fans in India. Indian youth are furious of Gilly's comments. They believe that this is a publicity stunt started by Gilchrist to sell his book.