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Sez Andrew Symonds, a semi-permanent member of the Aussie cricket team, of Indian celebrations:

“Something has been sparked inside of me, watching them carry on over the last few days,” Symonds told AAP. “We have had a very successful side and I think watching how we celebrate and how they celebrate, I think we have been pretty humble in the way we have gone about it.

“And personally, I think they have got far too carried away with their celebrations. It has definitely sparked passion inside of us. It has certainly spiced it up as well.”

See I have no problem with the first part of the statement: his being inspired by – IMO over-the-top and rightly criticized in many quarters – Indian celebrations in response to their victory in the Twenty20 World Cup. ‘Fair dinkum’ as they say on these shores – you got defeated in the semis and now you want your pound of flesh.

But perhaps, going over the top is something we like ? And perhaps we could be allowed to decide as a nation how to celebrate victory at a major tournament ?

Also “I think we have been pretty humble in the way we have gone about it” …..yes I can see pushing someone of the presentation dias (okay – so he should not have been there) is humble. And yeah, this is so totally humble:


(And Jagadish reminds us of previous celebrations by the ever-humble Aussies).


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

September 28, 2007 at 10:12 am

Posted in Australia, Cricket, India, Rants

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