New Delhi:The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday said Sourav Ganguly's outburst against the selectors was "understandable" but he should have waited till the end of the series against Australia to maintain the harmony in the dressing room.
"I think the outburst is understandable, I only wish that this outburst was only after the series had been concluded", Gavaskar said.
"By saying all these things, he has not helped himself and I don't think he has helped harmony in the dressing room. All that he had to say, he could have said after the series was over", Gavaskar told a TV channel.
In an interview to a Bengali daily, Ganguly lashed out at the previous selection committee for the way he had been treated and said he decided to retire to save himself the humiliation of being treated as the "sacrificial goat" all the time.
Ganguly said there was no point in carrying on playing cricket if he was treated in such a manner while some of the other players were spared.
"Ever since he made his debut in 1991-92, there has been a gun pointed at Ganguly's head. Everybody has always presumed that he has got into the Indian team because of reasons other than cricket and he has to prove them wrong over and over again", Gavaskar said.
"So one is sympathetic with the way he is feeling...with what happened to him in recent times, being omitted from Rest of India squad when everybody else was picked to play", he added.