Sydney: Australia captain Tim Paine has apologized for his behavior on the field during the drawn Sydney Test against India. He said that his captaincy was not good and he looked ‘stupid like’ by splashing with Ravichandran Ashwin.
Penn (Tim Paine) faced criticism when he sided with Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin) who along with the injured Hanuma Vihari were trying to save India from defeat. India succeeded in drawing the match chasing the target of 407 runs.
Penn apologizes to Ashwin
Penn was not supposed to come for the online press conference but he reached for it and said, ‘I spoke to him (Ashwin) immediately after the match yesterday, I told him, look it finally felt like I’m stupid, did I do that? did not do? You open your mouth and then you catch a catch.
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The Australian captain said that he decided to talk to the media as he had to clarify a few things of yesterday. He said, ‘I am proud of my way of leading this team, so I want to apologize for the way things happened yesterday.’
Penn (Tim Paine) missed three catches, including Vihari’s catch that was dropped after an argument with Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin).
The wicketkeeper batsman admitted that the pressure of the match dominated him and this affected his mood.
Penn (Tim Paine) said, ‘My captaincy was not good, I let the pressure of the match dominate, it dominated me and it affected my mood and it affected my performance’.
He said, ‘Yesterday I did not live up to my expectations and the level of our team’.
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According to Penn (Tim Paine), his behavior on Monday was not an image of the way he wants to lead the Australian team.
He said, ‘Therefore, I want to apologize for the mistakes made yesterday. Certainly this was not the image, the way I want to lead this team ‘.