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Gavaskar writhes as Pointing writes

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Sunil Gavaskar has dimissed Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting’s outburst against him as an attempt by the Aussie skipper to divert attention from their performance in the recently concluded Test series in India.

“Ponting and Cricket Australia were still in denial of their on-field behaviour,” Gavaskar .The former India captain said Ponting was seven years old when the MCG incident happened and that he did not know the background of the incident.

Ponting had lashed out at Gavaskar in his Captain’s Diary 2008.

“I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote.

Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.

Ponting also took a dig at former Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodful.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Punter says Gavaskar was no angel

Punter Vs SunnyRicky Ponting has lashed out at legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar and other former players for
often blaming the Australian team for on-field confrontations, saying the Indian opener was not an angel during his playing days.”I know that over the past 10 years, probably longer, a notion has developed that the Australian team walks out onto the field intent on getting in faces and having a few words… Unfortunately, as soon as a spectator or a commentator spots one of my team chipping on opponent, they assume it is a pre-meditated attack,” Ponting said.
“The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day.”I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today, you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote in his
‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.  “In the four or five days after the Sydney Test… inevitably, some ex-players — mostly the usual suspects — were into us, and I found their hypocrisy extremely disappointing. They were demanding standards from us that they had never kept themselves when they were Test stars.
“The classic came when Tony Grieg suggested that the batsmen of today should be walking to make it easier for the umpires. This was coming from a bloke who in his day made a virtue out of not walking.
“I always presumed that ex-players are employed by media outlets because their experience gives them a rare insight into the pressure elite cricketers are under and the way we think, but it seems to me that many of them forget about their past lives the minute they are handed a press pass.
Ponting also took a dig at just retired Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodfull. “I’m not sure how extensive Anil’s knowledge of cricket history is, but — as was picked up immediately by reporters — his comments echoed those made by Australian captain Bill Woodfull during the acrimonious bodyline series of 1932-33.  “‘There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not’, Woodfull had said to English managers during the third Test of that series,” he said.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment