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Tendulkar criticises Australians' behaviour

Sachin indirectly hit out at the Aussie players' behaviour during the prize distribution ceremony after the ICC Champions Trophy final.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 12:48 IST

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday indirectly hit out at triumphant Australian captain Ricky Ponting and his teammates' behaviour during the prize distribution ceremony after the ICC Champions Trophy final against the West Indies at the Brabourne Stadium last night.

Eager to take hold of the trophy and pose for the cameras with his teammates, Ponting was seen tapping Indian cricket board president Sharad Pawar on the shoulder as a gesture to leave the stage.

Tendulkar, saying he had heard about the incident from others as he did not himself watch it because he was travelling, termed it an unpleasant experience and an "uncalled for" behaviour against a person who was dear to all the cricketers.

"I wasn't watching the proceedings because I was travelling, but from what I heard (from others) it was an unpleasant experience which was uncalled for (action)," the ace batsman told reporters today.

"Firstly, it should not have happened. It's important to show respect to the person who is so dear to the cricketers and is involved with cricket. So it's good that we avoid such incidents," he said in response to a specific query.