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Sourav mum over Chappell's gesture

Former skipper also refused to comment on his sparkling 159 in Ranji Trophy match at Pune.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2005 12:25 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Sourav Ganguly, who answered his critics with a sparkling 159 in the Ranji Trophy match at Pune, returned home on Sunday but refused to comment on his performance or the ongoing controversy over Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell.

Sourav, whose flight from Mumbai was delayed and diverted on Saturday because of fog, arrived a little before noon in Kolkata, now seething over Chappell's alleged obscene finger gesture to a crowd of Ganguly fans near Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Sourav played for Bengal in the drawn Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra at Pune. His 227-ball essay was studded with 17 fours.

Earlier, on day one of the four-day match, he claimed five wickets for 75 runs.

The former Indian captain was on Wednesday reinstated in the national squad as an all-rounder for the first Test against Sri Lanka, with the selectors throwing a fresh lifeline to him to prove himself and redeem his sinking career.

Kolkata witnessed unprecedented protests against Chappell, the selectors and even new captain Rahul Dravid over Sourav's removal as captain and his exclusion from the one-day squad.

First Published: Nov 28, 2005 12:25 IST