Ponting used ‘harsh words’, complains Dhoni


Hyderabad : There seems to be no end to the slanging match between Indian and Australian teams during the ongoing seven game one-day series.

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Though the third match played here at Rajiv Gandhi stadium did not witness any unsavoury incidents on the field like in the Kochi one-dayer, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni alleged that his Australian counterpart Ricky Ponting used some harsh words.

To a query at the post-match press conference, Dhoni said he complained to the match referee against some ‘harsh words’ used by Ponting during the Indian innings. He, however, refused to elaborate on what those ‘harsh words’ were.

Both S. Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh were cool on the field unlike in Kochi as they were asked by the team management to control themselves on the field.

During the Kochi one-dayer, Sreesanth had entered into a heated duel with Andrew Symonds and Brad Haddin.

Harbhajan Singh had also stood mid-wicket after his dismissal to argue with the Australians and had pointed his bat before being veteran umpire Steve Bucknor intervened.

Ponting, who returned to the side after missing the first two games due to injury, had said Thursday that his team was not worried by the new aggressive look of the Indian team. He had remarked that Indians were trying to put up a brave face.

The Aussie skipper had taken potshots at Harbhajan Singh for alleging that Australians used vulgar language against him during the second one-dayer.

“He (Harbhajan) has plenty to say on the field and then whenever someone says something back to him he is the first one to run away from it,” was how Ponting had reacted to the Indian spinner’s allegation.