Sydney:India captain Anil Kumble did not hide his disappointment at the dubious umpiring decisions during the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney, as he couched his words by saying 'things' while meaning decisions, and said what had happened on the field had not gone unnoticed.
Kumble lambasted the Australians for their unsportsmanlike behaviour in the second cricket Test, saying only his side played the match in the true spirit of the game.
"Only one team was playing with the spirit of the game, that's all I can say," a dejected Kumble said after his side went down by 122 runs largely due to the umpiring blunders and some inept batting.
"It's tough when you've played all forms of cricket over the last 25 years and end up on the losing side like this -- it does affect you," he added.
"There were too many things happening on the field which everybody witnessed. Even today, there were couple of things that didn't go our way," a visibly hurt and anguished Kumble said after the SCG Test, which India lost by 122 runs to put India 0-2 down in the four-Test series.
Indian skipper Anil Kumble said his side was still trying hard to take the whole episode sportingly but admitted that he was hard not to feel outraged by the continuous umpiring errors.
"You try and take it sportingly, but it's very difficult and it hurts when you lose like this and then when you've had a great chance to win the Test match and square the series, but unfortunately it didn't happen," he rued.
In an emotionally charged statement Kumble said he was disappointed with the lack of sportsman spirit shown by the Australians.
"We'd like to play hard on the field and expect that from Australia as well. I've played my cricket very sincerely and honestly, that's the approach my team takes and we expect that from Australia as well," he said.
Kumble, however, brushed aside suggestions that the defeat and the poor umpiring would have a demoralising effect on the team.
"I know the spirit is good in the team but obviously a draw would have lifted us. But still we are confident of doing well in Perth. We have 10 days to go before that match and assess our performance. We also have a practice game coming up
so we are looking forward to that," he said.
"Our job is to go and play to the best of our ability and we will do that in Perth. There are a few positives that we will take from this game like the batting of Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman and Harbhajan's bowling and his batting as well," he added.
Kumble, acknowledged the world over as a gentleman cricketer, was dignified and composed even as he made clear that 'things' (read umpiring) did not go right. He himself led the team in an exemplary fashion, bowling superbly for four wickets each in either innings and then batted for a fighting and unbeaten 45.
The man who has a century at Lord's to his credit faced 111 deliveries but was left helpless and stranded in the closing stages.
"The entire team lost a little bit of focus (because of those decisions). You represent your country in the sport you love, but at the end of the day if such things happen on the field, it is really difficult to control your emotions," he said.
"However, in spite of those things, the boys fought hard in all the five days, but eventually we couldn't save the match."
The Indian captain also hinted at some big changes in the squad for the third Test at Perth that begins on Jan. 16.
"From here we go to Canberra where for a three-day game and there we will look at other guys who still are yet to play a game in the series," Kumble said.
Before the third Test match, India will play a three-day game against ACT Invitational XI in Canberra from Wednesday.
(With Agencies input)