Indian cricketers arrived late for day four at Brisbane as wickets kept falling

Indian team management confirmed that a couple of members of the squad arrived late at the Gabba on day four of the second Test against Australia. India collapsed dramatically in the middle but the management denied claims that pacers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron were among the bowlers.

India looked steady overnight on day three collapsed on the following day. It all began with opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan not resuming his overnight innings after complaining of a hit on his wrist in the nets before play, which led to Virat Kohli going out to bat. Kohli, who was given a five minute notice, only lasted 11 balls and reportedly vented out his anger at Dhawan after he returned to the dressing room. Kohli, too was hit on the nets prior to the day’s play

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already described the dressing room as being in a state of unrest. But as reported by Fox News, it’s now emerged there were Indian lower order players not even at the ground when wickets started falling. It’s believed that Ishant and Aaron were the players who arrived late.

The Australian media criticised called the Indian team management ‘poor’, as they chose to overlook the indiscipline in the team and blamed the state of food and practice wickets.

Even Australian players including Brad Haddin, Steve Smith and Ryan Harris played down India’s arguments about practice pitches.

Haddin said, “What was wrong with the practice wicket? They used it the day after the game so there couldn’t have been anything wrong with it. I only know that our bowlers went down there to train and they were training there too the day after, so they can’t have been too bad.”

However Dhoni did admit later that the team hadn’t handled the final day of the match as professionally as they should have

“We could only give maybe five-10 minutes notice to Virat that he would go in to bat. That’s one area, which we could have handled it a bit better,” said Dhoni.

The third Test begins in Melbourne on Friday and India need to win the next two Tests in order to draw the series and keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.