Ponting attacks Gavaskar over ‘unpopular’ claims

SYDNEY, March 12, 2007 (AFP) – Australian captain Ricky Ponting accused Sunil Gavaskar of being “high and mighty” after the Indian legend branded the world champions an unpopular team, reports said here Monday. “They might want to start to look at the way they play their own cricket rather than looking at us.”

Ahead of Australia’s opening World Cup match against Scotland in St. Kitts on Wednesday, Gavaskar said there was a lack of warmth towards the Aussies over what he called their “awful” behaviour.

But Ponting said his team’s behaviour had been “reasonable” in recent times.
“I have probably been reported more than anybody since I became captain,” Ponting told Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“It’s something we pay a lot of attention to. I don’t mind if ‘Mr Perfect’ (Gavaskar) comes out and goes on about our team, I know we are all not perfect.

“We are not going to keep everyone happy 100 percent of the time. But for some of these guys that have done it all themselves, it’s pretty high and mighty for them to say that.”

Australian players were reported seven times last year for breaching the ICC’s code of conduct, with Ponting and fast bowler Brett Lee found guilty twice.