• Team India opener Virender Sehwag was not in favour of Ricky Ponting's proposal of having a "catches pact" as he felt there was no point in having such an agreement when the Aussies claim catches against the very spirit of the pact.

    Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag was not in favour of Australian skipper Ricky Ponting's proposal of having a "catches pact" as he felt there was no point in having such an agreement when the Aussies claim catches against the very spirit of the pact.

     

    During India's tour of Down Under earlier this year, a similar pact was finalised between Ponting and Kumble but at the end India felt aggrieved as the Aussies claimed catches taken off half volleys.

     

    However, Ponting again proposed for a similar catches pact this time too between the two teams in the series beginning this Thursday.

     

    "We suffered the most in the catches pact during the last series. There is no point in having such an arrangement when the Australians are claiming one bounce catches!"

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  • "I don't believe in seniors and juniors in cricket. The criteria, as far as this committee goes, have always been the form and fitness," says Dilip Vengsarkar in an interview to Devendra Pandey of The Indian Express.

    During his two-year reign as the chairman of the national selection committee, Dilip Vengsarkar has seen several ups and downs - from the World Cup debacle in the Caribbean to the Twenty20 world championship win.

     

    Since his tenure coincided with the much-talked about transition in Indian cricket, Vengsarkar and his committee always walked the tightrope as far as the senior-junior debate went. A day after being replaced by Krishnamachari Srikkanth as the chairman, Vengsarkar spoke to Devendra Pandey.

     

    What would you say your most inspired selection in the last two years was?

     

    Well, almost every selection was challenging as we had to keep winning big matches, while inducting young players for the future at the same time. Every time the committee met, we picked what we

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  • "If you see his (Ricky Ponting) statements in the press (on Australia being underdogs) you can make out he is under pressure. It works to our advantage," Zaheer said in an interview to a TV channel.

    New Delhi, Sep 25: With just a fortnight to go for the first Test, Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan today fired his first verbal volley, saying Australian captain Ricky Ponting was "under pressure" and it would work to India's advantage in the four-match series beginning from October 9.

    "Ponting's poor record is an advantage for us, this could be his last series as a captain, if you see his statements in the press (on Australia being underdogs) you can make out he is under pressure. It works to our advantage," Zaheer told the NDTV today.

    Asked about Australia relying on pace while India banking on spinners, Zaheer said the team would play to its strengths.

    "It's good to play against the world's best. We are playing to our strength's, we are not bothered about what they are doing. We are

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