How badly Australia and Ponting wanted 16th consecutive win.

Sun, Jan 6, 2008

General, News, Sports

India lost the second test against Aussies in Sydney by 122 runs with about two overs to spare.Aussies now take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in four test Border-Gavaskar trophy.Thrilling finish indeed.

But was it really?

There were far too many questionable decisions going against the visitors.There were as many as 6 decisions which dint do India any good.With umpiring on such low,there was a little Indians could have done.

This was the story right from the start.
Aus were 6 wickets down for some 130 odd runs and Symonds,who was on 30, got a good edge on Ishant’s ball but Bucknor gave him a life line. He got lucky again when Dhoni stumped him but Bucknor dint refer it to third umpire.He went on to score 162 and saved the day for Aus. He later,himself admitted that he was out. Ricky Ponting,the skipper and Mike Hussey were the other two who were lucky.

But Indians were not so lucky. Chasing 333 in their second innings, Rahul Dravid was adjudged caught behind(Bucknor again) when his bat was some good inches away from the ball and the ball had only clipped his pad. He was not alone,Saurav Ganguly was ruled out when his unfair catch was adjudged clean by Mark Benson.He dint go for third umpire and rather asked Ponting whether the catch was clean or not(as if he was expected to speak the truth).

While we know that human errors do occur and they are a part of the game but umpires not referring even close decisions like Symond’s stumping and Ganguly’s catch.

Bucknor has never been a popular man in Indian dressing room and there is a history behind it.

The Aussies wanted this record 16th win to equal this amazing feat achieved by the Aussie team under the captaincy of Steve Waugh.And it showed on field how badly they wanted it. There is something called sportsmanship. Aussie displayed nothing of it.

Ricky Ponting,when asked about Ganguly’s catch lashed back on the reporter saying.”Dont question my integrity and sportsmanship”.

Well of course, you will be questioned Mr Ponting. You are a senior cricketer.Captain of the world champion team.You are an ambassador of the game. If your team is so good then why not play fair? You dont need such cheap tactics to register a 16th win.That is not expected from you.

Do you think Sachin or Lara would have done the same had they been in your place? Saying that Ganguly was out?

If you want to be called as a great then act like one.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Vinay Joshi Says:

    :smile:Hy, I hope all ime will be play in Australia Cricket and Win the World Cup.

  2. Karisa Scotto Says:

    Sounds like some thing plenty of baby boomers need to study. The feelings of neglect are there in several levels when a single is more than the hill.