Indian batsmen responsible for slow over-rate at Nagpur: Ponting

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Melbourne, Nov 20 (UNI) There seems to be no let up in Ricky Ponting's tirade against Indian cricketers as the Australian skipper blamed the home team batsmen for the slow-over rate in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Nagpur.

Ponting was criticised by cricket legends for putting part-time bowlers to run through the overs to escape a punishment for slow over-rate instead of attacking the Indians with his mainline bowlers.

''I have said since I got back that there are a host of things that conspire against you in India. It is a hard place for fast bowlers to keep running in and get through their overs,'' Ponting was quoted as saying in 'The Australian' today.

Ponting, while blaming Indians, said their batsmen take up a lot of time.

''The sightscreen and spectators play more of a part than they do anywhere else in the world. Their batsmen take up a lot more time than most opposition batsmen do.

''I mean runs cost you time as much as anything else. When a lot of boundaries are being scored that slows things down a lot,'' he said.

Ponting said slow-over rate is a concern for every team and the authorities should look into the matter.

''There is a great responsibility for everyone around the world to look at this over rate issue and make sure each team is doing the right thing by the game.'' ''I and our team have been as guilty as anyone for getting behind in our overs and making the game not as good a spectacle for the fans as what it could potentially be,'' the skipper added.

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