Can we have a cricket match please – Ind in SL 2008

August 9, 2008

This is getting to be ridiculous to say the least. The umpiring review/referral system which promised much has wrecked havoc for India in this series. Billy Doctrove turned down a plumb lbw decision today, prompting more ire towards the umpires among India supporters. Sri Lanka are reviewing everything and are getting away with murder. Perhaps they have learned the art from Ricky Ponting. Samaraveera’s almost mocking shake of the head when Kumble asked for review is nothing short of umpire coaxing. For me, such distasteful cricket took the charm out of Sangakkara’s innings.

At the risk of sounding socio-centric, I must say the umpiring review system has been very one sided this series. Sri Lankan batsmen enjoy the batsman’s benefit of doubt while Indian batsmen (primarily the Big Three) have been the victim of the umpire’s doubt. So now we have to fight not just two incompetent blokes but three. Perhaps the folk behind this are now happy that India will now have doubts about the use of technology and the like. For it is us, who created a riot after the atrocities of the Sydney Test and ousted Bucknor. Perhaps it is only fitting that Bucknor’s fellow bystander that day, Mark Benson, has stood in this series so far. Benson is surely having sweet revenge. Such atrocities make even a draw, let alone a victory, a herculian effort (out of form batsmen nothwithstanding).

Yes, I did mention the Big-3 here and while I’m itching to spill my thoughts on them, I will wait till the end of this Test. Till then do us wait.


Aussie media digging up statistical dirt

January 13, 2008

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.