Thatscricket - News - Gangulys conduct leaves officials red
Published: Friday, August 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Muthiah to talk to Ganguly on conduct
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New Delhi: Love him or hate him, you just can't ignore India's incorrigible captain Saurav Ganguly.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The left-hander's dazzling drives through the covers once prompted teammate Rahul Dravid to say, "First there's God, then there is Saurav."Unfortunately, of late Ganguly has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, a player fans and officials alike love to hate.During the ongoing tri-series in Sri Lanka, the Indian captain earned the dubious distinction of being the first player to receive a one-match suspension for the third time.West Indian match referee Cammie Smith banned Ganguly earlier this week for questioning the umpire's lbw verdict in a match against New Zealand. If Ganguly has been chastened by the ban, it did not show.In the next game he played, Ganguly was involved in an on-field verbal duel with Sri Lankan batsman Russel Arnold and fined 75 per cent of his match fees by an exasperated Smith.While the Indian team was being toasted for a stirring fight back to reach Sunday's final against Sri Lanka, cricket chiefs prepared to confront Ganguly.Jayawant Lele, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told reporters that the captain will be spoken too by Board president A C Muthiah.Even chairman of selectors Chandu Borde was not amused. "I hope Saurav realises what he is doing and will try to improve his behaviour," Borde said. The Indian Express newspaper came down heavily on Ganguly in a front-page article, saying he was becoming "a royal pain"."Indiscipline is not what ails Ganguly, it is only a symptom of the malaise called embryonic megalomania," the paper said."His aggressive appealing, anger, irritation on the field ... they all corner attention around him, around I, Me, Myself, Saurav Ganguly, captain." Steve Waugh would, perhaps, share those sentiments.The Australian captain had regular run-ins with his counterpart during the home series in India earlier this year and was forced to complain to the match-referee about Ganguly's habit of arriving late for the toss.Ganguly, however, had the last laugh as India launched one of Test cricket's greatest fight backs to stun the world champions 2-1. The Indian captain will need an encore in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka to keep his growing band of critics at bay.