WC 2003 - 'Ganguly will live to regret the toss decision'

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 21:19 [IST]
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London: Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly got the stick from the British media on Monday for his "faint hearted" decision to bowl first which resulted in Australia "roasting" them in the World Cup final.

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Ganguly's decision was slammed by 'The Daily Telegraph' as one "borne of a faint heart, based not on what advantage his bowlers might derive from first use of the surface but on what Australia's aggressive pace bowlers would get from it".The Indian skipper's decision "to insert the holders will go down as an almighty gaffe which reeked of weakness," said 'The Daily Mirror' under a banner headline: 'Wonders of the World Aussies Crush India'.

"Surely he (Ganguly) should have backed India's free-scoring batsmen to take on the might of Ponting's attack but instead he was running scared of exposing them to Brett Lee's ferocious attack," it said.The 'Daily Express' said Ganguly defied history and common sense in electing to field, a decision he "will live to regret". "At the critical moment of this World Cup, India's normally self-assured skipper lost his nerve," it said with a screaming headline "Ruthless Aussies clean up".

"When Ganguly won the toss at The Wanderers on Sunday morning, history and common sense told him he had to bat first with his powerful line-up and at least try to put Australia under some sort of pressure in the final. " PTI

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