You've got to be very careful about holding grudges: Mark Waugh

You’ve got to be very careful about holding grudges: Mark Waugh

The series was played in the right spirit, no doubt about that but there were a lot of on field battles that have managed to break the shackles and become personal.

Mark-Waugh
Mark Waugh. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

India and Australia when to play against each other always tend to create headlines. The media was at the epicenter of the latest edition of Border-Gavaskar Trophy as a lot was said on and off the field by the players and the former players.

The series was played in the right spirit, no doubt about that but there were a lot of on-field battles that have managed to break the shackles and become personal. The battle of words between Wade and Jadeja was one such example. The BCCI also posted a video which taunted the Australians over their sledging.

Virat Kohli after the fourth and the final Test said that the Australian players were friends before the series but that is not the case now and also said that he won’t ever repeat those statements again. India managed to thrash the Aussies and won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Mark Waugh, a former Australian batter, was shocked by Virat’s claims. Waugh, who has been part of some of the fierce games between India and Australia and has been on the receiving end during the tours of India, did not like what Kohli said. He feels that at the end of the day cricket is just a game. He also sighted the professionalism nowadays but a game is a game and you have to get over things now and then.

Waugh said, “At the end of the day, it’s become a fully professional game with quite a bit at stake, but it’s still just a game and I think that’s what people have got to remember.” He was of the opinion that irrespective of the result and your own performance you have to go out there and say thanks for the fight and kill the grudges then and there.

“You have to say, ‘Well, irrespective of my own performance and that of my team I’ve got to go and put my face in there and say thanks for the contest,’” explained Waugh. Mark Waugh also told about himself when he said that he always went in and thanked the opposition for the contest.

The former Australian cricketer said that sometimes you have to be bigger than the game and accept some facts. Stating that cricketers play a lot together nowadays, Waugh said that holding grudges can be very harmful.

“I always tried to catch up with the opposition after a match. There are series where you’re disappointed because things didn’t go your way, or you’re delighted because things did go your way, but you have to be bigger than that. Cricketers play together a lot these days, both with and against each other, so you’ve got to be very careful about holding grudges and making stances like that,” opined Mark Waugh.