This post has been due for quite some time but i had to hold it back fearing the backlash of some extremely irate Indian cricket fans. Before i begin, i would like to vent my ire on the nonsensical Indian media which does nothing save sensationalization. WTF were they thinking, going for head-lines like “India c Benson b Bucknor”. The head-line could have been excused had it mentioned below “last wicket:- Editor c&b quick-buck (FOW -prior to publication) “. The electronic media wasn’t far behind either. They were busy interviewing Harbhajan’s mom and Ganguly’s grandpa 😦 .
I do agree that India were hard done by umpiring decisions but the decision to react in the way that they have is even more flawed. The Indian media had no right whatsoever, to term the Aussies “cheats” for playing tough cricket. The Aussies aren’t to be blamed for their good fortune! Clarke’s catch might have been dubious but i remember an even more dubious occasion when Dhoni claimed (successfully) to have caught a catch, when replays showed that it was surely a bump ball. The batsman sadly, took Dhoni’s word and silently walked away. Most of you must have forgotten the incident because the media took great care not to point out the obvious fact (that MSD and co had cheated).
I wonder about whom Kumble was speaking about when he said ” only one team played with the spirit of the game”. As far as i could see, one team was riding it’s luck rather skillfully where as the other was sulking at it’s misfortunes and whining about the umpiring. The law of nature states that better teams always get the benefit of the doubt no matter how just or unjust it might be. It is quite clearly evident in football where the underdog never gets a close decision in it’s favor when it comes to penalties and offsides (which lead to goals).
“Team India” should not even think of returning, just because of the injustice meted out to them by the officials. They should be big enough to accept that it’s just an unwanted part of the game which will not go away as long as you play as an underdog. In order to beat a champion, you need to beat the bad decisions as well.
p.s 1:- It’s really unfortunate that people sway to the tunes of the media without any apprehension. It’s high time they realized that the media is just a capitalistic whore which will stoop down to any level, just to get that extra hit.
p.s 2:- Ganguly’s grandpa is a fictitious inclusion