New Delhi:Former Pakistan captain Wasin Akram has taken strong objection to Australian opener Matthew Hayden criticising India as a "third-world country".
Akram felt that Hayden's comments were a result of Aussies' old habit of bad-mouthing their opponents whenever they lose.
"The thing about the Aussies is that they are sore losers. They get personal when they get beaten. It is all a matter of sour grapes and after going home, they've started calling India a third-world country," Akram said.
Hayden complained it was the host batsmen's reluctance to face problems with people around the sight screen that led to the Aussies falling behind the over rate.
The comments came at a time when several top Australian cricketers, including Hayden, turned to India to make a quick buck from the cash-rich Indian Premier league (IPL).
"India is a superpower now; it is a hundred years ahead of Australia, which is no more than a village, as compared to India. You don't blame sight screens for poor over rates. Even Allan Border was critical of Australian tactics on the pitch," Akram said.