Australia captain Tim Paine has no intention of getting into a war of words with Sunil Gavaskar and said that he is not too worried about the Indian batsman’s assessment of his captaincy.
During the Sydney Test, Penn lashed out at Ravichandran Ashwin, after which Gavaskar said that it does not suit the captain of the national team and that Penn’s days as captain have survived. Asked if he had heard Gavaskar’s remarks, Penn said, “I heard but I don’t want to get into it.” I have no intention of a war with Sunil Gavaskar.
He said, ‘He is free to express his opinion but I do not mind even a little bit. Keep saying what Sunny has to say, but in the end I have nothing to do with it. ‘
Penn publicly apologized for his conduct. He said that from now on he will continue to play with a smile on his face. He said, ’99 percent of my career I have been leisurely. Only then I can do my best. That day I was impulsive.
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He said, ‘I looked at the audience and I realized that I am captaining the team in the Test match. I always dreamed it. I will play very competitive cricket and play it with the intention of winning.
Asked if he would continue the chanting, Penn said, “I will show the natural game.” I always keep calm and play. That day was a bit lost. Laughter is a bit of fun, but you have to be aware of the stump mic. A little more respect has to be shown to the umpires, officials and players.
He also said that the unnecessary controversy of Rishabh Pant’s attempt to erase the batting guard has had no effect on Steve Smith. He said, ‘We have seen what he has faced in the last three years. He then returned to straight form and performed brilliantly in the Ashes. He is very strong mentally.