Im not mentally lazy, critics have job to do, no qualms

Published: Saturday, February 22, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly has dismissed criticism that he was "mentally lazy" saying he has his own style of leading the side and strives to gives his best at all times. "Everybody has his own way of leading a side. I don't think I am lazy. I give my best. There are times when I do well and times when I don't," the Indian skipper told a TV channel as India prepared to take on Namibia in a World Cup match in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Sunday.

Ganguly came in for a lot of flak following his prolonged poor form with former Australian captain Greg Chappell saying the Indian skipper was prone to mental laziness. Ganguly gave one back to his critics saying, "I don't know how they get to such conclusions when they are so far away. "It's not right for them to pass a judgement on somebody whom they have never met, whom they have never seen and never been close enough to see what happens in the team meetings and dressing rooms."

Ganguly felt it was a "bit unfair" but was happy to get on with the game without worrying too much about what was being said. "They (critics) have a role to do and they have got to write something," he said adding he had become used to the pressure that comes when one is playing at the top level. "It has been eight years since I made my debut. There was pressure then too - the pressure to get established. I think after some time cricketers get used to it. "When you are a top performer, people expect big things from you," he said.

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