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Ganguly claims he was sledged by Aussies

By Will Swanton 09/02/2004 05:24:26 AM Comments (0)

India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly complained to his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting about being sledged as he walked out to bat during the second tri-series final at the SCG.

Ganguly was clearly unhappy after being verballed by an Australian player on his way to the crease.

He told Ponting of his dissatisfaction in no uncertain terms before the visitors succumbed to a 208-run drubbing in a disappointing end to their two-month tour.

"He actually mentioned to me that one of our players had said something to him as he was coming out onto the field," said Ponting, who divulged no further information.

Ganguly made only three runs from 15 balls as India suffered the eighth-worst loss in one-day cricket history to lose the best-of-three finals 2-0.

Asked about his complaint to Ponting, the Indian skipper replied: "There was a reason for it, which I don't want to make public. It happened from the time I walked out of the gate until I reached the stumps.

"I'm not upset. I just told him (Ponting) I don't want to start it all over again. I told him I don't want to blow it out of proportion."

Ganguly claimed the tri-series was too long and predicted Sri Lanka was capable of beating Australia in the upcoming Test and one-day series.

He was happy to play a best-of-three finals series but believed there should be less preliminary games, which this season included eight matches for all three teams over a month.

"It's especially hard when you've played four Test matches," said Ganguly.

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