Following India’s embarrassing 333-run defeat to Australia inside three days in the first Test at Pune, Sachin Tendulkar came out with a message of support for the team.
"We've not lost the series. One loss does not mean we can't fight back," Sachin told Kohli and co over the loss. Kohli, it is known, regards Sachin as his cricket idol. Sachin was quoted as saying so in an NDTV report.
Sunil Gavaskar, on the other hand, expressed huge disappointment over India’s meek surrender, "Finishing in half-an-hour just after tea was unbelievable. Indians were a little careless. The Indian batsmen needed to realise that they needed to stay on the wicket," Gavaskar was quoted as saying in the same NDTV report.
"I can't really remember India losing in two-and-a-half days. It was a bit surprising the way India tackled the Australian spinners. It was probably a bad day. I am disappointed with a lack of fight shown by the Indian team. Getting out in 75 overs in two innings is just not done. This was one of the worst defeats of the Indian team," he added.
The Indian legend, at the same time, was all praise for Australia, "The way the Australians fought on a pitch they were not familiar with, it was amazing to watch. Credit to Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith the way they batted," he said.
"Australia played some really smart cricket. Steve Smith played a captain's knock and it was one of the best Test match hundreds that you will see," Gavaskar admitted.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe was the man of the match for his 12/70. The second Test of the four-match series begins at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore from March 4.
--By A Cricket Correspondent