Ponting's remarks are coming out of frustration: Gavaskar

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) Reacting strongly to Ricky Ponting's remarks that Sunil Gavaskar was no angel in his playing days, former India captain today said Australian skipper's comments was ''uncalled for''.

''I think it was totally uncalled for and it is showing the world that they are rattled,'' Gavaskar told the CNN-IBN.

Gavaskar also went on to add that Ponting's and his teammates' comments were coming out of frustrations and it is also an effort for publicity.

''I think they have been a champion side and suddenly they find that they have a challenger in India. And therefore, it's not just Ponting but all the other statements that we have heard from other Australians,'' he said.

''Probably (they are) trying to sell their books or whatever it is,'' he added.

Ponting in his 'Captain's Diary 2008' has said Sunil Gavaskar and other former players should stop preaching as they were not angels during their playing days.

''The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day,'' Ponting said.

''I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today you'd think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,'' he wrote.

However, Gavaskar stated that Ponting would not have a clear understanding of the incident as he was just a child then.

''Ponting was just seven-year-old when MCG incident happened.

He does not know the background,'' he fumed.


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