Gilchrist calls Sachin, apologies

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{image-Sachin Tendulkar_24102008.jpg}New Delhi, Oct 24: Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist on Friday, Oct 24 took on the media for the reports that he had slammed international cricket's highest run-getter Sachin Tendulkar of not being gracious in defeat in his autobiography True Colours.

Gilchrist said his statement was taken out of context and then blown out of proportion. He said he has written four pages on the incident in the book but media chose to quote just two sentences. He also reportedly called up Tendulkar to talk matters over. The cricketer also said he will clarify his side of the story in an article to be published on Saturday, Oct 25.

In his description of the incident relating to Tendulkar, Gilchrist writes that the Master Blaster shirks from a handshake if he ends on the losing side.
Describing the dramatic final moments on the final day of the Sydney Test, which India lost narrowly, Gilchrist says: "We went into the Indian changing room and shook hands. Not all their players could be found, which points to another subtle cultural difference. In the Australian mentality, we play it hard and are then quick to shake hands and leave it all on the field. Some of our opponents don't do it that way. Sachin Tendulkar, for instance, can be hard to find for a changing room handshake after we have beaten India. Harbhajan can also be hard to find."

Gilchrist's views make it clear that he isn't a fan of Tendulkar, who has been a hugely admired figure in Australia ever since he first played in the country as a teenager in 1991-92. Gilchrist not only accuses Tendulkar of being a bad sport, but also goes on to criticise his role in the 'monkeygate' scandal involving Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds earlier this year in Australia.

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