Unsporting, uncivilized or just a demand-supply gap?
There has been a huge hue and cry over spectators in one/more sections of the Wankhede booing Sachin Tendulkar
as he walked off, playing a horrible shot after making a torturous 1 off 21 balls at the Wankhede
on Sunday. Commentators and writers
have called it unsporting, uncivilized and by several other such synonyms
Yes, booing a player isn't great manners
. Booing a great player is definitely not great manners. How would those same spectators feel if Tendulkar had been booed off at say the Wanderers or Lord's or Sabina Park or the SCG or the Gaddafi Stadium? Well you get my point.
But do they have a right to protest against his poor performance, especially when they had [possibly] paid a fair amount of good money to watch the game, in searing heat and with no real possibility of feeling comfortable sitting on hard benches/chairs, without being able to take their own food & drink into the stadium etc. etc.? I think they do. Do they have a right to demand that their team, and their favourite son-of-the-soil, puts up a spirited performance against the opposition? Yes, they do. Is it ok if they feel aggrieved when their hero masquerades like Courtney Walsh, Danny Morrison or
The reality, in my opinion, is that there was a demand-supply gap. The spectators demanded, and were possibly justified in doing so, a good batting performance from Sachin Tendulkar, given that it was his home ground, his lean trot
in tests of late, including Pakistan
and the situation India found themselves in.
The supply side was lacking. One off 21 balls is perfectly ok, in my opinion. But the problem was that he got out, playing a stupid shot. That
was what riled the spectators. They'd have been infinitely happier had he remained not out at the end of the day. It would have, perhaps, justified the hundreds/thousands of rupees they had spent in buying the tickets for Sunday's
entertainment/performance as well as the hope that Monday would see India get to a good position.
The Wankhede isn't certainly the first stadium in India where the crowd has acted thus. A few months ago, I heard cheers on the radio by "Hooghligans" when Rahul Dravid was dismissed cheaply at the Eden Gardens
. Why did they cheer his dismissal? Because they were incensed at Ganguly's absence
for the South Africa one-dayers
Mind you, we've had our share of questions
over Tendulkar's performances. Perhaps all it would take to quieten the crowds is a superb knock from him as India romp to victory tomorrow?
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