Heated confrontation is a mark of respect for rival: Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist said India's recent poor Test run, including the recent home debacle against England, can be seen as an opening for the Australians, who are also enduring a transition phase.

updated: January 28, 2013 17:01 IST
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New Delhi: Sparks fly whenever India and Australia clash on the cricket field but Adam Gilchrist does not see the need to curb the aggression as he feels "heated confrontations" are actually a mark of respect to the rival.

"(It's) a great rivalry and I think when it gets so aggressive in the sporting arena, it's a sign of respect. You feel threatened by an opponent so you play harder and it might lead to heated confrontation," Gilchrist said while talking about the four-match Test series starting February 22.

"...that's a sign of ultimate respect...but I have learnt that what might be acceptable in one culture might be frowned upon in another," he added.

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