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Buchanan should not have badmouthed Indians: Ganguly

Miffed at John Buchanan's stinging criticism of great cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said the controversial Australian coach should have refrained from badmouthing the Indians.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2009 21:19 IST

Miffed at John Buchanan's stinging criticism of great cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the controversial Australian coach should have refrained from badmouthing the Indians.

"It's not only Gavaskar, there have been quite a few names...I think, we Indians are used to it now. It's unfortunate and we just got to deal with it," the former captain told reporters during a promotional event here.

In his recently-released book titled 'The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20', Buchanan has taken swipes at some of the big names of Indian cricket including Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.

"I have not read the book...I just have seen some bits on the internet and I feel all these things are not required. He should not have written such things," Ganguly said.

He said people respect Buchanan for his World Cup success and the Australian should have refrained from such exercise.

"He has done well for Australia as a coach and people hold him in high esteem. He should not have done this. I don't thing this should have happened," Ganguly said.

The left-hander also took the occasion to wish Gavaskar on his 60th birthday.

"At this age, you don't want to be reminded your birthday. I don't want to remind him (of his age) and just wish him all the happiness. I've sent him my good wishes," Ganguly said.

"I have a lot of good memories of him. I have watched him play. I have seen him closely as a commentator. I have gone to him at times for technical help," he said.

Asked whether he consider him as his role model, Ganguly replied, "Of course. He is one of the greatest Indian batsmen. I held him in high esteem and I have got a personal relationship with him."

Asked for his view on the ongoing Ashes series, Ganguly said Australia were missing a spinner more than a pacer but still they can win the Tests.

"Definitely, Australia can still win without Brett Lee. I think they are missing a spinner more than a pacer," he said.
Asked about his comments on ICC chief David Morgan's suggestion of making Test cricket a four-day affair, the Bengal 37-year-old said, "I don't know whether there will be four-day Tests. For me, Test cricket is still five days and that's why it's Test cricket."

The former India captain has been invited by the ICC to deliver a lecture on cricket at the University of Oxford and Ganguly said, "I am going on July 14th. I will take the fellowship...Watch a few days of the Ashes Test and go to Oxford."

Ganguly was talking to reporters after inaugurating Javagreen's first franchise coffee shop in Kolkata.