From Chappell’s words of wisdom to the abysmal Vadodara ODI

October 11, 2007

Save them from the media! That was something Greg Chappell had said during his tenure as coach; I couldn’t agree more. There are some things that we, as TV/cricket watchers really don’t have to know. There are other things that need not be blown out of proportion.

On the eve of a interestingly poised Ind-Aus match, what do we hear in the news? Dhoni is smitten by Deepika Padukone. The headlines today segment yesturday made a great promo for a soap-opera. “Bollywood and cricket are the two things that sell..” sang the host. With a romantic number from “Om Shanti Om” playing, we were shown images of MS Dhoni walking the runway walk with his 1000 watt smile , followed by images of Deepika from the runway and from the new movie. MSD had apparently asked Shah Rukh Khan for a special screening of the movie and that was part of what the fuss is about. I won’t go into the details of the news segment. So what if he wants to see the movie? So what if he’s drooling over her?

Moving on, the segment before this was screaming about Sachin. “Its Sachin’s 400th ODI…” yada yada. Too much hype over all of this.

In case you haven’t heard, India performed abysmally in today’s match: partly due to umpiring errors, partly due to India’s own complacency. Right from Ganguly’s run out, disaster was written all over the scoreboard.

I’m pretty sure the media will have their stories circulating about this. People are already suggesting (here) that Dhoni should be chasing Deepika, not the cricket ball; that the Big three should retire and so on.

Cricket is a game and must be treated like one; one day we win, and a couple of days we lose. Why can’t we just leave it at that and cut down the hype?