The problem with Gambhir…
Chris Broad responded by stating that at the pre-series meeting with the captains he had stressed the importance of mutual respect between the teams, given the incidents in the previous test series in Australia.
The problem with Gautam Gambhir was that during the 2nd Test and again during this innings he was seen on TV swearing back at the Australian bowlers, which was confirmed by the on-field umpires, so Chris Broad concluded that if one doesn’t want to be sworn at, then one shouldn’t swear in retaliation.
Please note, swearing back is an offence, but swearing in the first place isn’t. As for the second highlighted portion, the conclusion is this: Aussies like hurling personal abuses at opposition players, but they are approved by law not to accept anything similar in return. They like raising elbows towards opposition players, but the punishment will be more severe for the person who retaliates. Provocation is a lesser offence. “Look sir, I only raised my arm to ‘obstruct’ him while running, but he raised his elbow and hit me”. As a result, Gambhir’s out for one match for retaliating, and Watson walks away after paying a 10 per cent fine for provoking.
The best part in the judgement:
Umpire Billy Bowden had been very insistent that players should never take the law into their own hands, and that if Gautam Gambhir had been finding the chat from the Australians too much then he should have approached them and they would have spoken to the Aussie captain to get his players to lessen it or stop it all together.
Of course, Billy will have to turn a deaf ear to the abuses thrown by the Aussies. Did someone say justice is blind? No sir, it’s deaf too, especially when the Aussies abuse.
The big question, though, is why was the sentencing so hurried up when even the aussies were expecting it to be heard after the Nagpur test started?