Bangalore, Dec 8: Australian cricketers' ability to play mind games and their tactics to be in spot light, is not a piece of news as they have mastered the art on and off the field. Here is another instance that can be considered as a game played by the Australian players Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds to please their financial masters and citizens in India.
The recent statements by these talented cricketers can be interpreted in such a manner that these statements were made to impress their pay masters and please their citizens as they get more money from a country like India where cricket is considered to be a religion.
Former Australian player Adam Gilchrist, who was in the capital recently expressed his opinion about India's upcoming tour of Australia and said India have good chances of winning their first test series down under.
"(However) The general view is that wickets have tamed somewhat and the Indian players - they are world class players - will certainly find ways to score hundreds in those conditions. I wouldn't say there will be dead wickets but maybe not as spicy as it used to be in previous
When asked about India's disastrous tour of England, the former Australian wicket keeper said, the conditions were difficult at England, and the players seemed to be tired.
"The English conditions were a difficult challenge. From what I saw, there were pretty tired players in the Indian set- up in England. Hopefully they are fresh when they come to Australia and I am looking forward to that challenge," he added.
Since the Australian team is under-going a transitional phase, Indians can take advantage of the same, who is currently associated with Kings XI Punjab since 2011, while he was associated with another IPL team, Deccan Chargers, for 3 years since 2008.
While the other Australian, whose cricketing career ended abruptly due to injuries and controversies, Andrew Symonds too has endorsed a similar view as he said, "Indians can put pressure on the young Australian players. They have a good opportunity to beat Australia in their home country. I think there are good chances of India beating them."
Andrew Symonds like Adam Gilchrist, who is in the country for Big Boss 5 shared his opinion on the upcoming series between India and Australia later this month, making an attempt to impress the people in India and mainly his 'masters' as that is the source of income for him after being dropped from the national side. He was associated with Deccan Chargers for three seasons and represented Harbhajan Singh led Mumbai Indians in the fourth season.
With a short stint at the IPL, if players can reap benefits, its quite normal for individuals to come up with such statements, and such expressions need not be given much prominence though Australians have come up with such a statements.