New Delhi: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly played down the controversy surrounding sledging in cricket and said the Indians have also realised that it was a way of rattling up the opposition. "Little bit of sledging is a part of modern day game. I will be lying if I say India does not do it (sledge). We have learnt (over the years) that this is also a way to get the opposition out," Ganguly told Shekhar Gupta in "Walk the Talk" programme telecast on NDTV.
The Indian skipper, however, said sledging should not turn into personal abuse and that umpires and match referees should take stern action to control on field behaviour. Ganguly, who has been the captain of the team for the last three years, said it becomes difficult for the skipper as well as the team when captain is appointed on series by series basis. "A captain should be given a longer tenure because it is a hard job. It is not what it appears from outside. The pressure is very high. "No captain can just take over and do a great job.
He should atleast be given a year's tenure to settle down and build up the team," he said. Ganguly said a captain has to be accountable for his personal performance. "The captain is also one of the 11 members in the team and he has to justify his selection in the team." Ganguly, who led India to the final of the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, said his team has inculcated the spirit of team-work to win more matches.
"In the past you would have seen many great players who had outstanding individual records. But team India had not done well. "We have given importance to small contributions which could help the side win more and more matches," said Ganguly. Ganguly said the emergence of several talented youngsters, who have a never-say-die attitude, has also augured well for the side. "The mindset in the team has changed.
The attitude of people like Harbhajan (Singh), Yuvraj (Singh) and (Virender (Sehwag) on the cricket field is amazing. The team is now very combative and it does not want to lose," he said.