Rajkot: Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly will miss the fifth and final One-dayer against Zimbabwe here on Thursday after being penalised for on-field behavior.Ganguly had a one-match suspension imposed by match referee Barry Jarman for putting the umpires under pressure by his excessive appealing during the fourth match at Kanpur on Monday.
Indian wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya, who also came under Jarman's scrutiny for the same offence, was warned not to misbehave in future. Vice-captain Rahul Dravid will lead India in the last match, irrelevant to the series result with the hosts having already taken a decisive 3-1 lead.Ganguly marred his excellent all-round performance - five for 35 and 71 not out - in India's comprehensive nine-wicket win by throwing tantrums whenever the umpires turned down his appeals.
At one stage, Zimbabwean batsman Guy Whittall bent down in front of the stump microphone and complained to Jarman about the Indians' behaviour. Ganguly said he feared the "suspension was coming", but refused to elaborate.Jarman said Ganguly will be under scrutiny when he plays the next two One-day matches at home against Australia next year, and warned him to keep his emotions in check."As captain of India, Ganguly should be setting an example to all cricket lovers throughout the world," the former Australian Test player said."In his favour, he and Dahiya admitted they were wrong and apologised to the umpires.
However, I have to impose the suspension. I deliberately have not imposed a monetary fine as I feel that this does not act an a deterrent."Defending his decision to let off Dahiya with a warning, Jarman said, "He is fresh on the scene, but I hope now that he will understand that one does not abuse the spirit of the game."