The Najafgarh Nugget's charge seems to have hit home, given Ponting's response:
"That's fairly insulting (to say we claimed catches that weren't), especially in the first innings, I didn't claim a catch because I wasn't 100 per cent sure,"
Now, with a little bit of parsing (and some imagination), it is possible to read that Ponting quote as "I may have claimed catches in the 2nd innings even though i wasn't 100 per cent sure". It's probably not a fair reading, but since the Australian captain has cut such a sorry figure on the matter of claiming catches and keeping catching agreements, and doesn't seem to realize it, it is probably at worst an uncharitable reading of Ponting's quasi-faux pas.
That one of the best batsmen of the modern era should be reduced to this, is sad.
For his part, Sehwag has shown once again that he never cheats himself when he swings. He has just made his own life very interesting in this series. I don't think Brett Lee and co. take too kindly to their captain being basically called a cheat by the opposition opening batsman.