13 Jan 2012

India's cricket captain urges his players not to react to fans

11:57 am on 13 January 2012

India's cricket captain MS Dhoni is urging his players to be smarter with how they react to fans, and use the abuse to spur them on in the third Test starting today in Perth.

Pace bowler Ishant Sharma flipped a one-fingered salute at a sarcastic fan in Perth on Monday, while batsman Virat Kohli was fined half his match fee for performing a similar gesture at the crowd during last week's second Test in Sydney.

Dhoni says it's in his team's best interests to avoid such reactions in the third Test against what he describes as the aggressive Aussie crowds.

Meanwhile veteran batsman Rahul Dravid says despite beingt well beaten in the first two Tests the touristist are in good spirits.