Mumbai:For those watching India's disastrous run against the Australian team may be forgiven for feeling confused at the non-stop aggression by the Indian team.
India has lost the series 4-1, a tally that may get worse, but that hasn't stopped the men in blue from provoking the Aussies in a war of words that has also eclipsed the game itself.
The inimitable Sreesanth reacted to comments by Aussie great Ian Chappel who criticicsed the Indian pacer in his latest column.
Just the latest round in a series where the scoreboard of runs and wickets is not doing the talking but the words are.
Just as the controversy over racial taunts targetting Andrew Symonds was running Symonds's came up with his own verbal salvo.
In his newspaper column the big hitting Symonds said:
"The Indian government gave Indian cricketers a heap of money two days before our first game. Indian players did not train because their guys were shooting commercials. It was nice to give Indians a real thumping. We will get them again in Australia this summer."
Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting was sugar coated reacting to Sachin tendulkar's staying off the field for a long time in a previous game. Ponting unleashed this sweet dig.
"Sachin Tendulkar is the best I have ever seen, good on him for playing 400-odd games. Still it is a bit easier when you do not have to field in half of them."
The message is clear fire will be played with fire.
It was clear from the start that the Indians were in the mood to play tough and that's ok with us.
Aggression on the pitch and aggression off the pitch. Many say that sledging and gamesmanship is one thing but this time things have just turned ugly.