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    February 08, 2006

    Stop making a fool of yourself, Inzy

    Inzamam's lack of understanding of the 'obstructing the field' rule after he was ruled out at Peshawar manifested itself further in the form of his column for 'The News'. He wrote:
    In my role as the Pakistan captain, I would say that the appeal from the Indian fielders was against the spirit of cricket.

    The Indian fielders appealed when the Peshawar match was in a crucial state. I would not have imagined that Rahul Dravid and his team would do such a thing. I am not bothered about my dismissal but an appeal made in an unsportsmanlike manner by the visiting team can have an adverse affect on the relations between the two opponents.

    I have surely asserted on my boys not to make much of the Peshawar incident, however, in my personal opinion the appeal was not made in a sporting manner. Instead, it just might have left a bad taste in the mouth.
    When he writes about an unsportsmanlike appeal, I think he was implying that he expected the Indian fielders to ask the umpire "Sir, is that out?" rather than "Howizaaaaaat?".

    I don't get why he thinks his thoughtless act should not have been appealed against by the Indians. He acknowledges that the game was progressing to a tight finish when the incident happened. Did he expect the Indian players to not appeal? I'm fairly sure they'd have appealed even if the game was one-sided, in either direction. He was being an idiot when he played the defensive stroke to Raina's throw from mid-off. He was violating the laws of the game.

    Is he threatening retaliation when he writes about 'adverse effect'? In fact, contrary to what he actually writes, I'm sure there will be many balls hurled at the Indian batsmen even when they're well inside their creases. If batsmen complain about it, they make asses of themselves, as Hayden found out last year.

    Update: Scott located a video of the dismissal!


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    13 sledge(s):

    yeah, Inzy has really lost it- if he finds the rules confusing, thats really his problem. And whats with the " i told the boys not to think too much about it" (and went head and wrote this column anyway)....?

    By Anonymous akr (08-Feb-2006, 2:17:00 PM)  

    akr: Yes, that too! So it is plainly obvious that the Indian players will be targetted, by the Pakistan players and perhaps by the crowd as well(?)

    By Blogger Jagadish (08-Feb-2006, 3:07:00 PM)  

    With Niranjan Shah proclaiming BCCI as the "Maharajah" of world cricket, the censure to Inzy might come from the new king

    By Blogger Srini at the Movies (08-Feb-2006, 5:56:00 PM)  

    I have a feeling Inzi was out by all means....But indians need not have claimed it Because EVery body knows inzi did not do it delibrately and it would not have gone to the stumps before inzi was through.........

    Indians should have sent a message to inzi by telling him We dont need your wicket like this We can Rape u with a genuine wicket

    It wasnt against the spirit of cricket though... But Indians should have been more intimidating rather than cowardly looking for every mean to get him out....

    Look how Bob woolmer said that he wanted the match to be finished genuinely...Whether he meant it or not

    By Blogger Grey Vampire (08-Feb-2006, 7:25:00 PM)  

    Hey I totally agree that Inzy indeed is making a fool of himself ...and from when have Pakistanis staretd complaining about "unsportsman like" behavior..only a few months back Afrid was digging up the pitch in a match against England.

    By Blogger Indian Yuppie (08-Feb-2006, 7:45:00 PM)  

    srini: In the spirit of the game, I dont think the BCCI will interfere. I'm actually surprised that Dungarpur has been silent so far on the issue. I'd have bet that he would have spouted some nonsense had Ganguly been skipper!

    vampire: Umm, I'm not so sure. I'll take an Inzy dismissal through this method ahead of him scoring a run-a-ball century without ever looking like getting out. I can't believe you think he didn't pat the ball back defensively without actually meaning to do so. He very well knew what he was doing. If he was ignorant of the law, that is his problem. If Woolmer and Inzy actually did want the game to finish genuinely, why did they harp on the fact that they were aware of the D/L target and that they were ahead of it most of the time?

    yuppie: Lovely point. I thought about including that as well, but I forgot about it while writing the post.

    By Blogger Jagadish (08-Feb-2006, 9:13:00 PM)  

    Inzy was plain stupid. I happen to see the video of his dismissal, and it was less than obvious, that he was definitely OUT, under the laws of cricket. He should have atleast saved some dignity, by keeping quiet. The last person who can talk about Unsporting is Inzy. I really dont think so, wht Indians did was against the 'Spirit of the game'

    By Blogger Sesh (09-Feb-2006, 11:15:00 AM)  

    Dear, oh dear, this is getting rather embarassing now. If Inzi doesn't get a hundred on Saturday, without him self getting run out or getting anyone else run out, I'm considering going into hiding. At cloud 9, on heaven perhaps.

    By Anonymous Zainub (09-Feb-2006, 5:16:00 PM)  

    sesh: I think Inzy per se is quite sporting. He was stupid to voice his opinions in public. If he said anything about the umpires, he'd have got into trouble with Broad. But is it ok for an opponent to accuse the other team of being unsporting and get away with it?

    zainub: Hehe, good luck :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Feb-2006, 7:39:00 PM)  

    next time tendu is an inch out of his crease.. i hope a pak player fires one in at him full speed..
    then we'll see what you think about it..
    inzi was just standing there.. not taking a run.. so there was no need to make that through that was curving into him... he put up his bat so that the ball would not hit him.. YES he was out.. but it wasn't like the ball was away from his body direct at the stumps and he hit the ball like proper cricket shot out of the way..
    he tried to step back but the throw was coming directly at him..
    and you guys lost the game to D/L because you were trying to make use of the bad light by bowling bouncers and a beamer to razzaq..
    so stop crying over losing to D/L
    you guys could have put on spinners a whole lot earlier and finished the game..

    By Anonymous Anonymous (09-Feb-2006, 9:24:00 PM)  

    anonymous: That is exactly what I've been saying. Inzy has effectively declared "war" and recrimination. The Pakistani players _and_ the crowd will be super aggressive. I hope you watched the video. Inzamam played a superb defensive stroke. The ball was well away from his body. He needn't even have touched it. Spinners? What spinners?!

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Feb-2006, 10:10:00 PM)  

    declared war.. dude.. that is what should have been done.. i say that out of anger.. but in fact i don't want that to happen too..
    and you know what.. inzi is a nice guy... and i can tell you for sure there will be no "war"/recrimination or retaliation throws at your indian batsmen.. that's not how inzi operates.. what you will get is a very determined inzi on the pitch.. usually when somebody pisses him off.. he plays 10 times better..
    so thanks for motivating the sleeping giant!
    this whole thing is going to be a blessing in disguise..
    it'll be tougher for dravid to win games now..
    this one out is going to cost you the series..
    inzi will have the last laugh..

    By Anonymous Anonymous (10-Feb-2006, 12:29:00 AM)  

    Inzy may perhaps play ten times better, motivated by what he thinks was an unsporting appeal. He is a gentleman. But his words effectively imply that he is ok with the others retaliating. Let us see if that appeal actually costs us the series or not. I assume you implied that India had a chance of winning if the players hadn't appealed for Inzy obstructing the field!

    By Blogger Jagadish (10-Feb-2006, 1:32:00 PM)  

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