Some angry cricketers
Ricky Ponting is seething
over Sunil Gavaskar's remarks last week that Australia's behaviour made them a less liked bunch of winners
compared to the West Indies sides of the 1970s and 1980s. So Ponting went ahead and made the obligatory reference to Gavaskar dragging Chetan Chauhan
to the boundary after copping a bad decision
at Melbourne in 1980/81. This wasn't the first time Gavaskar had pointed out Australia's bad behaviour. He did so in 2003
, while delivering the Colin Cowdrey lecture
Aside from referring to Gavaskar's antics at Melbourne (curiously, he didn't refer to Sunny's 36 at Lord's in 1975
), Ponting talked about India's hopeless record in tests and said that he knew who he'd rather watch. I hope his national cricket board was listening. They seem rather over keen to have India play Australia, at various venues
- now Ireland after Malaysia last year
. Ponting also said that his team was placing a lot of emphasis on behaviour, something which he talked about a in 2005
and John Buchanan talked about in 2006
. Maybe they're not doing enough - Australian players made seven visits to the ICC Match Referee's room in 2007
, Ponting doing so twice.
It may not be a bad idea for Gavaskar to realize that there're genuine conflicts of interest between his duties as the chairman of the ICC's Cricket Committee
and his rights as a columnist. I don't remember who, but I'm sure I've read a comment piece some time ago by a columnist/editor in (possibly) 'The Times' which talked about Gavaskar's "inability to realize a conflict of interest even when it stared at him in the face"
. If Gavaskar had concerns about Australia's behaviour, I'm sure there are right 'channels' to get his concerns addressed, especially since his committee 'deals with any matters or issues relating to the game or the playing of the game.'
The other player who should actually be very angry, but probably isn't, is Denesh Ramdin. Rahul Dravid, while defending Sehwag's inclusion
in the light of yet another low score
, seemed to get a little angry
I get asked this question why are you supporting Sehwag. Anyway my supporting Sehwag, it is not like I'm supporting Joe Bloggs, some Ramdin or Ramakdin or something.
Joe Bloggs, I can understand
. Ramakdin, less so. But Ramdin? I mean, why pick on a 21-year old
who's just about made it to the West Indies squad
for the tournament?Update
: I wonder if Dravid or Gavaskar should point out that India beats Australia hollow when you compare recent one-day record against England
because Ponting only referred to India's poor test record.
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