New Delhi: While Indian batsmen were collapsing like a pack of cards on Day 4 of the Brisbane Tests, speedsters Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron reached late to the ground, according to an Australian newspaper.
According to a report in Herald Sun, Ishant and Aaron were among a group of Indian cricketers who reached the Gabba late on the fourth morning on what proved to be the decisive day.
"It's now emerged there were Indian lower order players not even at the ground when wickets started falling, only adding to the shambolic nature of proceedings for India as they desperately tried to stem the tide," the report said.
"It's understood the most recognisable bowler in the team, Sharma was one of those players who arrived late, along with fellow quick Aaron," it added.
The Indian team management however denied any such reports.
"However, India say the tardy bowlers who missed the start of the day were not part of the Test XI and had been delayed after completing a swimming session," the newspaper added.
In what turned out to be a dramatic turns of events, Indian skipper MS Dhoni said that there was "unrest" in the visiting dressing room after overnight unbeaten batsman Shikhar Dhawan backed off from resuming batting due to an injury he suffered on his right wrist during net practice just before play.
Virat Kohli came to resume the innings along with Cheteshwar Pujara but with Mitchell Johnson bowling at his best, India suffered a four-wicket defeat giving hosts a 2-0 lead.