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I don't regret Watson episode Gambhir

Sydney, Nov 13 (UNI) Skipper Ricky Ponting and his team were embroiled in another controversy, with Indian opener Gautam Gambhir claiming Australia's personal sledging went overboard in the Test series that ended in India this week.

Gambhir, who was suspended from the final Test for elbowing Shane Watson in Delhi, said he had no regrets about the incident as he was retaliating to vicious Australian sledging.

''No gentleman can hear things that Aussies were saying in Delhi,'' Gambhir was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.

''Aussies sledge from all corners. They sledged at me in Bangalore, Mohali and then in Delhi. I could have taken their sledging only to a point but they tend to get personal, which is just not on,'' the left hander said last night.

''I agree that I shouldn't have crossed a certain line but people should take the holistic view rather than blaming just me for the episode.

''Frankly, I don't regret the Watson episode,'' he said.

Gambhir also said the Australians were not prepared to have their comments returned and could not cope with sledging coming back at them.

''They don't like it when the opposition reacts the way we did,'' Gambhir said.

''The Australians never thought we would come hard at them, that's why they reacted the way they did,'' he said.


Story first published: Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:42 [IST]
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