Indian trio deserves better send-off: MacGill

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Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 13:59 [IST]
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Oz spinner MacGill backs India's 'Big 3'

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MacGill has condemned both the administrators for not knowing people that they will be witnessing the batting of the Indian stalwarts for one last time on Australian soil and terms it a shame.

He has further added saying Cricket Australia should be doing more to ensure these legends get a fitting send-off.

The Oz spinner, who has played 44 Tests for Australia till 2008, backed the Indian giants as they have been the best players of the era in the game of cricket and has also made a statement that "cricket will be poorer, when they are gone", and also feels that the game will not be the same again in future.

Countering reports about the Big Three playing for money and other rumours, MacGill said he is annoyed with people talking ill about the legends of Indian cricket as they have given their heart and soul to the game and they need a befitting send-off for their contribution to the game for more than 15 years.

"This being a T20 era, the game is bound to lose a few talented players, difficult to find again in the game of cricket", MacGill was quoted as saying to Mid-day on Tuesday.

Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are legends and the game will miss these players as their retirement will create a vaccum that's very difficult to fill their places.

Currently playing only T20s, MacGill says he would like to see the Indian cricketing legends step off the field with their heads held high, also stressing the need to recognise the contribution these stalwarts have made to the game of cricket, not just Indian cricket as they have staged a battle every time they step into the field and have dominated dangerous pace attacks.

Having played very well during their previous tour, in the year 2003-2004, expectations are huge as Indian greats are playing at their favourite venue for one last time on Australian soil.The legends need some inspiration from their previous knocks which might serve as a morale booster when they take the field for one last time in Australia.


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