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Ganguly should have maintained his patience: Gavaskar

New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) After Saurav Ganguly lashed out at national selectors for the way he was treated, legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said former captain's outburst was ''understandable'' but he should have waited till the end of the Test-series against Australia ''to maintain the harmony in the dressing room''.

''I think the outburst is understandable, I only wish that this outburst was only after the series had been concluded,'' Gavaskar told CNN-IBN.

''By saying all these things, he has not helped himself and I dont think he has helped harmony in the dressing room. All that he had to say, he could have said after the series was over,'' he said.

Ganguly told a newspaper that he decided to retire from the international cricket to save himself from the humiliation of being treated as the ''sacrificial goat'' all the time.

The Bengal stalwart said there was no point in carrying on playing cricket if he was treated in such a manner while some of the other players were spared.

''Some have not scored any run in the last three series, some have not scored any run during the last one year. Some have changed their hair style more number of times than the number of runs they have scored,'' Ganguly was quoted as saying by Bengali daily 'Aaj Kaal'.

Gavaskar said, ''Ever since he made his debut in 1991-92, there has been a gun pointed at Ganguly's head.'' ''Everybody has always presumed that he has got into the Indian team because of reasons other than cricket and he has to prove them wrong over and over again,'' he said.

''So one is sympathetic with the way he is feeling...With what happened to him in recent times, being omitted from rest of India squad when everybody else was picked to play,'' he added.


Story first published: Friday, October 10, 2008, 13:39 [IST]
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