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I am not mentally lazy: Ganguly

February 22, 2003 16:11 IST

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has dismissed criticism that he was "mentally lazy", saying he has his own style of leading the side and strives to gives his best at all times.

"Everybody has his own way of leading a side. I don't think I am lazy. I give my best. There are times when I do well and times when I don't," the Indian skipper told Star News television channel, as India prepared to take on Namibia in a World Cup match in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Sunday.

Ganguly came in for a lot of flak following his prolonged poor form with former Australian captain Greg Chappell saying the Indian skipper was prone to mental laziness.

Ganguly gave one back to his critics saying, "I don't know how they get to such conclusions when they are so far away. It's not right for them to pass a judgement on somebody whom they have never met, whom they have never seen and never been close enough to see what happens in the team meetings and dressing rooms."

Ganguly felt it was a "bit unfair", but was happy to get on with the game without worrying too much about what was being said.
"They (critics) have a role to do and they have got to write something," he said, adding he had become used to the pressure that comes when one is playing at the top level.

"It has been eight years since I made my debut. There was pressure then to get established. I think after some time cricketers get used to it. When you are a top performer, people expect big things from you," he said.

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Number of User Comments: 90

Sub: RE:congrtulation

Well said. Yes, this is what I say always. Ganguly is jealous of sachin, that's why he doesnt praise him, doesnt give him his favourite ...

Posted by raghavan

Sub: Ganguly is a genius

Dont worry about critics...They are just a bunch of full talk more and do less or never ever did anything. Just gain yourself confidence and ...

Posted by arun

Sub: lazy or not Ganguly is out of form and needs to be dropped!

Nothing more to say...perform in the field, lead by performance.

Posted by Gowtham

Sub: Something to think about..

Dada - Why dont you drop yourself from the team for a couple of games (basd upon your form the team management should make that ...

Posted by Rajiv


Hey Mr. Chandra, it is not ego for Ganguly. People like u seem to like this 3 letter word a lot that too for Ganguly. ...

Posted by Sai Anand


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