Hayden should behave like an int'l player: Ganguly

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Published: Monday, February 7, 2011, 8:36 [IST]
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Hayden should behave like intl player:SG

Not one to respond meekly to jibes and controversial comments, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has come up with a suitable repartee to former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden's comment that he had "chickened out" of the 2004 Nagpur Test when he saw the pitch was green and hence pacier. Ganguly pointed to his formidable track record on the fast pitches of Australia to counter Hayden's claim.

Hayden, who retired in 2009, has written in his autobiography 'Standing My Ground' that the sudden withdrawal of Ganguly and Harbhajan from the Test which the visitors eventually won to clinch a historic series win, was due to the fear of the green pitch on offer.

"He remembered Brisbane in Nagpur. Just want to remind him of my hundred in Brisbane in the first Test," said Ganguly. "Also since 2003, we have beaten them (Australia) every time in Brisbane."

Ganguly went on to say that such a comment was unbecoming of someone of Hayden's stature and he should rein in his more immature impulses.

"I request him (Hayden) to behave like an international player," Ganguly said.

Drawing comparison of the Nagpur wicket with that of Gabba in Brisbane, Hayden had written that Ganguly's late withdrawal was due to "greentrackitis, where you develop a severe intolerance to green wickets, likely to give plenty of headaches as a batsman".

Ganguly reminded Hayden that he had scored a hundred at Gabba besides playing important roles in India's wins later.

Ganguly, who was the Indian captain, pulled out of the Nagpur Test citing a leg-muscle injury. The home side was trailing 0-1 in the four-match Test series. Australia won the Nagpur Test to win their first ever Test series on Indian soil.


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