Bevan questions Mumbai Indians' sportsmanship

Updated: 06 May 2011 12:14 IST

Kings XI Punjab coach Michael Bevan backed skipper Adam Gilchrist, who questioned Mumbai Indians' decision to hand the wicket-keeping gloves to Ambati Rayudu, who had limped off the ground after pulling a muscle while fielding.

Bevan questions Mumbai Indians' sportsmanship
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Mumbai:

Kings XI Punjab coach Michael Bevan has backed skipper Adam Gilchrist, who questioned Mumbai Indians' decision to hand the wicket-keeping gloves to Ambati Rayudu, who had limped off the ground after pulling a muscle while fielding, during their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Rayudu, who was off the field for nearly 10 overs due to his injury, surprisingly returned to replace regular wicketkeeper Davy Jacobs when the latter fractured his finger.

In his post-match press conference, Gilchrist questioned Mumbai's sportsmanship. (Also Read: Grumpy Gilchrist targets Mumbai Indians)

"When you are out, you are not fit. I know there is no rule or regulation against it but a question needs to be asked: 'he is either fit or not fit?' I will leave it to you guys to judge whether it's appropriate or not," said the Aussie legend.

Bevan echoed his compatriot's thoughts on Thursday. "Obviously, I am also not happy with what happened that night. You cannot take such things for granted. Once you are unfit, you are unfit. There can't be any two ways about it.

"It's even more astonishing to call upon an injured player to keep wickets, it left our dressing room puzzled," he told MiD DAY.

"Gilly (Gilchrist) has already said what he had to. The entire management has backed him, and his reaction is totally justified. I have nothing else to say," he added.

Topics : Mumbai Indians Michael Bevan Cricket Indian Premier League 2011
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