Players are unhappy: Ponting to NDTV

Australian captain Ricky Ponting speaking exclusively to NDTV admitted that he felt let down and disappointed by the fact that Harbhajan Singh got away.

updated: February 02, 2008 09:58 IST
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Australian captain Ricky Ponting has been speaking exclusively to NDTV right through India's tour of Australia.

And on Thursday, he admitted feeling let down and disappointed by the fact that Harbhajan Singh got away with just a 50 percent fine for his part in the fracas with Andrew Symonds.

Ponting, though like other players, is now keen to move on but clearly he is very happy to put an end to what he calls the second toughest Test of his captaincy after 2005 when his team lost the Ashes to England.

NDTV: Do you think Harbhajan got away lightly?

Ricky Ponting: I am no expert on penalities. It is misinformation that is not being passed on correctly. It looks like he has got a lesser sentence than what he might have got. But that is done now. It is a matter of both teams moving on.

NDTV: Are the Australian players disappointed?

Ricky Ponting: We probably expected a little bit more, because originally it was a three match ban. Then down to just 50 percent (match fees penalty) is a little bit surprising.

But what can we do about it. The more we talk about it, the worse off we will be.

Something you might have expected. There was a communication breakdown between a couple of important people, but that is how it goes.