Nagpur: He apologised on Tuesday, but Ricky Ponting insists he did not do deliberate damage to a television set in the dressing room during the match against Zimbabwe. That it was an accident.
In a column to be published on NDTVSports on Friday, the Australian skipper writes:
"I was, rather unexpectedly, the talking point of the match after rumour had it that I had taken a bat to the dressing room television. I was really surprised because nothing that dramatic happened. Fortunately, the truth is now slowly coming out, and it was just the protector bouncing up and hitting the television. I immediately informed the manager and we apologized as soon as the incident took place. I am a reasonably bad-tempered bloke when I get out, but I don't recall causing any damage in the dressing room even as a schoolboy cricketer. I am too old to start that kind of thing now!"