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Thatscricket - News - Pure arrogance is what Ganguly is all about: Bedi

Published: Friday, April 4, 2003, 0:00 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Making a scathing attack on Saurav Ganguly, spin wizard Bishen Singh Bedi on Friday blamed the Indian captain for the defeat in the World Cup final to Australia, saying he should not have opted to field first after winning the toss.At a felicitation ceremony for left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra and batsman Virender Sehwag, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries, Bedi, a known Ganguly-baiter, severely criticised the skipper for his "arrogance" and failure to take the opinion of his bowlers and shielding the batsmen.In an interactive session with Nehra, Bedi asked him whether Ganguly had taken him and the other bowlers into confidence before deciding to field first in the final. When Nehra replied in the negative, Bedi launched his attack."What am I suppose to understand if the captain does not talk to me before about what he is going to do, and instructs me straightaway to do a thing," Bedi asked in fury."I am sorry to say that he is not a bowler's captain at all. Actually, I am not sorry at all about saying that," Bedi said."If we have the world's best batting, why do we need to protect it. Eight wins on the trot had not given you the confidence." "I could see him (Ganguly) trembling at the toss," Bedi said. He also came down heavily on Ganguly for writing in his newspaper column that he was proud of his team which he had built and moulded on his own in the last 18 months. "That's pure arrogance. Are the selectors and others in the Board all donkeys?" thundered Bedi."Cricket is a game of humility. Whenever you lose it should be 'I', and when you win it should be 'We'. Not the other way around."Sehwag could not make it to the function. Nehra answered a few questions from the audience which included many former cricketers and members of the industry.Nehra said his 6 for 23 against England was a memorable performance but the match against Pakistan would probably live in his memory long for the sheer intensity and emotion. PTI

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