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Ponting put self before country: Gavaskar

Gavaskar criticised Ponting for 'uncomplimentary remarks' on senior Indian players.

November 23, 2008, 11:35 AM IST
Ponting put self before country: Gavaskar

New Delhi: The war of words between Ricky Ponting and Sunil Gavaskar continued on Sunday with the legendary Indian batsman criticising the Australian captain for "uncomplimentary remarks" about senior Indian players in his syndicated column.

Gavaskar said Australians forgot "that in their own ranks, there were plenty of senior citizens... But when it came to grabbing the opportunity to win the Napgur Test, he put self before country in using part-time bowlers to make up for the slow over-rate".

Gavaskar also took a pot-shot at the Tasmanian, saying, "while he is sporting additional hair on his scalp, nothing much seems to have added to the grey matter."

Gavaskar was reacting to Ponting's remarks on he former India captain in his recently released book Captain's Diary 2008, in which he accused Gavaskar of unruly behaviour in his own playing days, citing the instance when Gavaskar staged a walk-out in a Test match in Melbourne.

Gavaskar took strong objection to his words, and had said the Australians were only "trying to sell their books".

"The Australians have gone home with their tail between their legs, like most dogs that bark and do not bite when confronted with another who stands up and does not run away," he added.

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