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Punter deflects Zak bouncer

india Updated: Jan 12, 2012 01:32 IST
Rohit Bhaskar
Rohit Bhaskar
Hindustan Times
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Brad Haddin wasn't the only Australian at the receiving end of a verbal volley by Zaheer Khan. If his comments against Haddin were pretty upfront, Zaheer more succinctly had a go at Ricky Ponting as well, calling him a grinder and not the aggressive marauder of days gone by. On Wednesday, the former Australian captain chose not to get caught up in the war of words and was equally succinct in his dismissal of Zaheer's comments.

“As far as Ricky Ponting is concerned, that flair, that aggression, it's different now. He’s become more of a grinder, which is not his natural game. But a hundred is a hundred, so credit to him. But as far as his flair and game is concerned, I think you could see the difference,” the left-arm pacer said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Ponting deflected Zaheer’s snide remark, not with the trademark flourish of his pull shot but rather a slight dab.

“There is more than one way to skin a cat,”' Ponting said. “You would probably say the same thing about Sachin Tendulkar and the way he has accumulated runs over the years. Someone like (Jacques) Kallis and (Rahul) Dravid are consistent run-scorers.

"I have had to work really hard at my game over the last few months and have made progress over the last few weeks and been able to put some good scores on the board. I have not been worried about what Zaheer or anybody else has got to say. I know what I have to do to be a consistent performer for Australia," said Ponting, who followed up his 62 and 60 in the Boxing Day Test with his first Test ton, 134, in over two years at the SCG last week. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/12-01-12-metro19d.jpg

DRS is the way

PTI Adds: The former Aussie captain reiterated that he supports the use of DRS even though he believed it was not perfect.

“It’s not uniform even though my first impression was it was compulsory. A couple of weeks ago you play in South Africa where it is used and now it is not used. I understand there’s a worry it’s not perfect but we are getting more correct decisions and that's great for the game.”