Australia vs India: Little bit of needling needed – Agarkar reacts to Matthew Wade’s viral MS Dhoni remark

Former India cricketers Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajit Agarkar said it would be more fun to see a bit of needling in the ongoing series between India and Australia. Agarkar said there have a “few too many” smiles between the two sides who have always been known for playing combative cricket.

Ajit Agarkar’s comments came after Matthew Wade made a friendly remark to Shikhar Dhawan after the India opener escaped a tough stumping chance by a whisker.

“I am not Dhoni, not quick enough like Dhoni,” Wade said, as the interaction between the two was caught on the stump mic during the 2nd T20I on Sunday. Dhawan smiled and acknowledged Wade’s comments as the series continued to be played in good spirits.

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“He was right, he is not as quick as MS Dhoni. But yeah, it’s all changed. There have been a few too many smiles for my liking. You want to see a little bit of needling without people going overboard,” Agarkar told Sony Six after India’s 5-wicket win on Sunday.

Unlike the past where players from both teams have crossed the line when it comes to on-field exchanges, Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch’s side have played the series, flaunting their good relationships off the field. India and Australia players were seen sharing insights after matches and there has not been any sledging so far.

Let’s have the mean Australians of the past: Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar said there has been a change in Australia’s cricket culture in the recent past due to the Indian Premier League where players from both sides share the dressing rooms. The former batsman said Australia are no more the ‘mean’ side as they are keen on changing their outlook following the sandpaper gate.

“There are two reasons. One is the Australian cricket culture has changed and they want to change that because of what happened due to the sandpaper gate. That’s playing on the players’ mind and they want to change that. Secondly, T20 and 50-overs cricket, they take it a little lightly. IPL has had an impact in various areas of the cricket world.

“Let’s wait for the Test matches, that’s when it will get intense. I am with Ajit, we don’t want to see Australia sledging and extremely sort of combative on the field. Let’s have the mean Australians of the past. Just makes for a better contest,” Manjrekar said.

Having clinched an unbeatable 2-0 lead, India will be looking to complete a clean sweep when they face Australia in Sydney on Tuesday.

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