'Regretful' Sanga has a dig at Sehwag
It was meant to be a media briefing to discuss Sri Lanka's plans for Thursday's crunch game against New Zealand. But expectedly, the 17-and-a-half minute interaction with Kumar Sangakkara was dominated by the no-ball incident.cricket Updated: Aug 18, 2010 23:55 IST
It was meant to be a media briefing to discuss Sri Lanka's plans for Thursday's crunch game against New Zealand. But expectedly, the 17-and-a-half minute interaction with Kumar Sangakkara was dominated by the no-ball incident.
Out of the 21 questions thrown at the Lanka skipper, 16 were on Suraj Randiv's no-ball to prevent Virender Sehwag from reaching his century on Monday and its aftermath.
Though Sangakkara couldn't complete his law degree due to a 'A' team call-up in 1998, he certainly knows a thing or two about handling critical cases. While doing his best to defend the team, he did not shy away from taking a dig at Sehwag.
"I don't think there's anything special to say to Sehwag," Sangakkara said after expressing his "regret" over the incident. "You know, he said one thing at the after-match presentation and there was a marked contrast in the press conference with regard to that no-ball."
While Sehwag had dismissed commentator Tony Greig's suggestion that Randiv bowled the no-ball to deprive him of the century, minutes later, he blasted the bowler and the team for the tactic.
Though Sangakkara explained that Sri Lanka had taken the "necessary steps" to put an end to the episode, he also expected India to behave responsibly.
"We have taken the necessary steps. I have spoken to Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and (coach) Gary Kirsten. Sehwag has tweeted that there have been other approaches made to him," said Sangakkara.
"If you all talk about the spirit of the game, once you set right things in motion, it's the responsibility of players to be within that spirit. We can't expect just one side to keep making the advances and holding out the hand while others have sensationalised it. Everyone's got the responsibility to move on from this incident. Steps have been taken immediately after the game as well."
The manner in which Sanga spoke, it appeared that he was making sure that India stuck to their stand of moving on.
Even though the teams have decided to set the matter aside, now that the Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee has taken disciplinary action against Randiv and Tillakaratne Dilshan, the episode has got a new lease of life.
First Published: Aug 18, 2010 23:54 IST