Calling the behaviour of the Australian team as ‘bullish’, former umpire Ian Gould on Wednesday revealed that at times, he would be surprised with their behaviour. Also Read - Arzan Nagwaswalla, India's New Test Recruit's Sensational Ranji Spell is Proof of His Talent | WATCH VIDEO
Touting the first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide Test as ‘surreal’, Gould said ‘it was like a war’. Also Read - Kuldeep Yadav's Exclusion is a Little Harsh: Aakash Chopra After Wrist Spinner Does Not Make India's WTC Final Squad
“The first real incident during that time was Australia against India in Adelaide shortly after poor Phillip Hughes had passed away (in 2014). It was the most surreal game of cricket for two days that I have ever known. But for the next three days it was like a war out there,” Gould said as quoted by India Today. Also Read - Sanjay Manjrekar Reveals an Old Incident When Greg Chappell Gave a Piece of His Mind to VVS Laxman
Gould, who was officiating that game, believed that the Australian team was out of control leading up to the ball-tampering scandal that shocked the cricketing world in 2018.
“I believe Australia was out of control leading up to the ball-tampering issues,” he said.
In the 2014 Adelaide Test, the hosts batted first and posted a mammoth 517. In reply, India managed 444 runs. In the second innings, Australia declared on 290 for five, leaving a target of 364 runs for India. The Kohli-led side fought hard but fell short by 48 runs.
Gould, who was one of the finest umpires, retired last year after the ICC Cricket World Cup.
ICC has put all cricketing action on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the cricketers are keeping themselves busy by interacting with fans and fellow cricketing while staying at home.