Thursday, November 13, 2008
Ponting returns fire, says Sehwag's cheating claims insulting
Ricky Ponting today reacted angrily to Virender Sehwag's claims that the Australians had cheated during their 2-1 Test series victory Down Under, saying he felt insulted by the Indian opener's outburst.Sehwag said yesterday that India suffered the most out of a "catching pact" during his team's tour of Australia early this year, whereby the opposing captains agreed to take the fielder's word on the legitimacy of close catches."There is no point in having a catching pact when the Australians are claiming one-bounce catches," Sehwag had told 'ESPN-STAR Sports'."We'd have won the Sydney Test match if they hadn't claimed catches taken off half-volleys in that game." Ponting returned the volley today, suggesting the Indians had short memories."That's fairly insulting (to say we claimed catches that weren't). In the first innings (in the Sydney Test) I didn't claim a catch of which I wasn't 100 per cent sure," Ponting said ahead of the first Test starting here tomorrow.