Integrity and all that
After India lost the match, I decided not to post anything about it, and went through all the blog posts on WordPress that talked about it. I list my comments on those blogs below. They more or less cover my thoughts on the issue.
India stuck it out and almost pulled off a draw. The only thing that was in our way were the wrong umpiring decisions. Agreed Jaffer is out of form and Yuvraj should not have played in the first place, but to say that the players have themselves to blame is no less absurd.
You don’t get 6 decisions against you in one game too often. To blame the players in such a scenario is plain stupid.
The irony is, even after all this, it’s the umpires who are under the scanner not the aussies! They’ve got away alright.
I am surprised that some people still say India did not play well. We did all that we could considering the kind of team we had. 3 batsmen badly out of form and we almost drew the game. Kumble has outshone Ponting in leadership and sportsmanship. Ponting only wanted to get the record-equalling win. And he did it in the original aussie style. As always, he’s gotten away. It’s the umpires who face the music now. Not the aussies.
The only thing being covered up here is the playing ethics of the Australians, Ponting in particular. He doesn’t walk when he has nicked it, appeals for a catch when the ball was grounded and yet has the balls to say “You can’t question my integrity”!
As for India, Kumble needs to take some tough decisions before the next game.
The only Aussie who now holds credibility as a cricketer is Brett Lee. Rest all were just busy covering up for the players out there. Particularly shocking was Ian Chappell’s stand. He found no fault in what the Australians did. In stead, he was busy blaming the Umpires. He is known to speak his mind on cricketing issues, but today he looked a shadow of his original self on TV.
For the cricket fans, the best thing to do in such situations is staying away from the television sets.