England tour of India - Cricket: Punishment hasnt hurt morale, says Dasgupta

Published: Friday, November 30, 2001, 20:58 [IST]
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Kolkata: Wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta on November 30 said he was confident ahead of the England series and his morale was unaffected by the punishment given by match referee Mike Denness for 'excessive appealing' during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa."I'm not at all affected by the punishment. It's better to leave the episode behind and concentrate on the England series," Dasgupta told reporters on his arrival at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport.Dasgupta, along with Harbhajan Singh and Shiv Sunder Das, had been handed a one-match suspended sentence up to December 31 by Denness during the second Test.The wicket-keeper/ batsman, who arrived in Mumbai on Thursday night after his debut series against South Africa and took an early morning flight to Kolkata, agreed that aggressive appealing was very much a part of modern cricket. "That's it," he said when a scribe posed the question.Asked whether the BCCI-ICC spat over the inclusion of Virender Sehwag in the playing XI for the Mohali Test against England had left the team disturbed, Dasgupta said, "I don't think so. The Board has been taking care of the happenings. We players have been kept away from all that and we are only concentrating on our game."On Denness' charge that skipper Saurav Ganguly had failed to control his players during the Port Elizabeth Test, he said, "You have seen him (Ganguly) more than I have. You know better."Dasgupta said the morale of the team, including that of the punished players, was 'very high' and the off-the-field incidents had not cast any shadow on the side prior to the home series against England."Yes," Dasgupta replied when asked whether he was feeling confident of putting up a good show in the coming series.PTI

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