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Gambhir brought up Ganguly's name while abusing me: Tiwary

Bengal captain accuses Gambhir of mentioning Sourav Ganguly in Saturday's fracas

New Delhi: Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary yesterday alleged that his Delhi counterpart Gautam Gambhir and his teammates made unsavoury comments about former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Bengal, which upset him to a great deal.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary

The Bengal captain, who paid a visit to match referee Valmik Buch, after the Ranji Trophy match ended said that entire video footage is going to BCCI and he has also spoken to Ganguly personally on this matter.

'Ganguly is upset'
"Yesterday, I spoke to him (Ganguly) and told him about the whole incident. He was very upset because, somewhere his name was also raised and that is why I was also very upset about it. I felt really bad," Tiwary told mediapersons after the match.

"There was something that was said. Yes he (Ganguly) felt hurt when I spoke to him about it and I was also upset about it because we represent Bengal and we don't want to listen to something that is against our community," Tiwary alleged.

The Bengal skipper also claimed that saying things about a particular "community" wasn't in good taste. I know, sledging and competitiveness is all good to a certain extent. Players should know where to hold and do not cross the line. As a community, you do not want to get hurt. There were lot of things said which I felt bad about," the former India international said.

Gambhir clarifies
Meanwhile, Gambhir said yesterday in a statement: "Manoj Tiwary stooped to a new low by claiming that I made racist remarks about Bengali community and my favourite India captain and one of the best cricketers I have played under Mr Sourav Ganguly whom I fondly call Dada. Let me categorically state here that these allegations are baseless and Tiwary's way of sensationalising things through his figment of imagination."

Asked if there is video evidence of Gambhir pushing the umpire, Tiwary replied: "The video is there and the match referee has told me that it would go to BCCI."

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