England tour of India - Ganguly takes fine in his stride, refuses to comment on umpiring

Published: Monday, January 21, 2002, 23:31 [IST]
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Cuttack: Indian captain Saurav Ganguly on Monday found nothing wrong with the match-referee's decision to fine his team for slow over rate in the Kolkata One-dayer against England on Saturday while blaming dew for the slackness. "The match-referee is only going by the rules. It is usual for team bowling slow to be fined," Ganguly told reporters after learning about the fine."The ball was getting wet due to dew and there was a lot of mud on the spikes of the bowlers. It took a lot of time cleaning the mud which made it difficult to stick to the over rate," he said. "The conditions were tough for the bowlers."India bowled about five overs short and will be fined five per cent of its match fees per over but match-referee Dennis Lindsay the dew factor would be taken into account and it would be penalised for three to four overs only."We must get things right in tomorrow's match and improve our over rate," Ganguly said. The skipper said his team would have to improve on its performance in Tuesday's match even though it had won the first game. "We have to try and play better. Every game is important," he said. Ganguly was happy with the ground fielding of his team though catching left much to be desired with V V S Laxman dropping two catches. "Laxman is usually a safe fielder but he erred on Saturday. But our ground fielding was very good." Asked about the composition of the team for Tuesday's match, he said, "I don't know right now. The selectors are yet to come here."Ganguly refused to comment on England's complaint about poor umpiring in the Kolkata One-dayer. "It is not for me to say anything on that. We don't have to worry about such issues," he said. PTI

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