The Sunday telegraph reports that the Indian cricket team is worst behaved in world cricket. Now see who is playing the “tit-for-tat” game; also perhaps another instance of “ready to dish out but can’t take it back.” The report is based on the number of book offenses against players in the last ten years. India tops the list with 43, followed by Pakistan, South Africa and Australia with 39, 27 and 25 offenses respectively. According to this report, Sourav Ganguly, India’s father of “lets-give-it-back-to-them” aggro-cricket leads this “list” with 12 individual offenses closely followed by Pakistan’s Inzaman-ul-Haq with 11.
I think we know better than to believe such claims as they are merely statistical. If we were to count the number of instances of Aussie bad behaviour including dissent and abuse which went without notice, the report will read differently :).
The report comes in the wake of renowned English umpire Dickie Bird’s statement about Indian cricketers being gentlemen and a week long flurry of predominantly negative reactions in the media to the Aussie team’s behavior in the Sydney Test.