Ganguly has dig at 'misquoting' media

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2000, 5:50 [IST]
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Sharjah: Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly on Tuesday had a dig at mediapersons for ''misreporting'' his comments when he said Vinod Kambli was not a good player of the short ball and that he did not want to score centuries as an opener as long as India won matches.After the second league match against Zimbabwe in the ongoing Coca Cola Cup tri-series on October 22 in which Ganguly sent his deputy Rahul Dravid to open with Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian captain had said that he did not want to open as he had not got runs in that slot in the Sharjah Cricket Ground. ''I do not want to be selfish as an opener to score centuries. For me a century has no meaning unless India wins matches,'' Ganguly had said. ''I was shocked to see on the Internet that my comments were linked to Sachin Tendulkar.

I did not even mention his name,'' he said and urged the media to be careful in reporting as ''we are in the process of building a new side''.''I do not want to break the team at a time, especially at a time when it is doing well,'' the skipper said and coach Aunshuman Gaekwad concurred. ''Any criticism has to be constructive and the media has to play a responsible role,'' Gaekwad said. Both felt that such distortion of comments could cause damage to the team spirit.Ganguly was also shocked to see his comments on Vinod Kambli being presented in a misconstrued manner.

The Indian captain said, ''when I said that Kambli is not a good short ball player, I also talked about myself and Australian captain Steve Waugh.'' He said it was not meant to be an affront on the left-handed batsman from Mumbai.After the last match in which Kambli who was out pulling a short ball, Ganguly had said that he (Kambli) wanted to prove a point, which a batsman should not get tempted to. In this context, he had also referred to Waugh as not a good player of the short ball, but managed to get many Test centuries.''The idea is not to lose one's wicket,'' Ganguly had said. UNI

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