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Gavaskar blasts Team India ethic of skipping practice sessions for sightseeing

January 8, 2012 - Perth

Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar has slammed his side for skipping training sessions to enjoy recreational activities after the Melbourne Test.

Gavaskar blasted India's work ethic following the innings and 68-run defeat in the second Test at Sydney.

"Christmas is big in Australia and it's understandable for Australian players taking off after first Test, but what were our players doing? Why were not they doing practice? Have they gone there for sightseeing or to play cricket?" Fox News quoted Gavaskar, as saying.

"The first Test ended on the fourth day and it's OK if they took off on the fifth day but why don't they do practice after that? I don't know what is the attitude of the players.

While on tour they should practice, practice and practice to have in proper frame of mind to be competitive. Why nobody is asking questions? These questions should be asked," he added.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed that his side have got sufficient practice for the Test, and has advised them to switch to recreational activities to help them de- stress.

"You don't want to over-do it. There may be a few individuals who want to spend a bit more time on the field but I feel it's always important to switch off in cricket," Dhoni said.

"It helps you de-stress a bit and helps you to come back in a positive state of mind. I feel that rather than spending more and more time on the field practicing, we need to spend some time off the field in recreational activities and get some time off," he added.


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