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In which I am Conn-ed

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Gautam Gambhir apparently purposefully elbowed  Shane Watson yesterday in the third test between India and Australia. The Aussies are furious. How dare Indians turn cricket into a physical sport ! It should have been an innovation coming from them.

I reckon they have a fair enough complain, banging into opponent players has no place in cricket. However, reading most of the reports from the Australian media, you would have no idea about all the sledging being indulged by the Aussies all through the day. Or the fact that just before Gambhir’s elbowling, Watson had in a very unsporting manner stuck his hand out to block Gambhir’s running.

Local lad Gambhir and Watson continued their series-long feud and exchanged verbal barbs from the moment Gambhir charged the blonde fast bowler. This tension escalated when Gambhir appeared to purposely nudge Watson in the ribs when he completed a second run in the 51st over.

Nope, the Aussies were as pure as freshly fallen snow. Just watch this video and observe the Aussie bowlers indulging in ‘jaw exercises’ through the day.(you can see the elbowing incident here too) Now suppose the exact incident happened but with Matt Hayden elbowing Ishant Sharma. Here is how Australia’s leading cricket journalist Malcolm Conn would have seen it:

Having copped a verbal barrage all day from the frustrated Indian bowlers and close-in fielders, matters reached a boiling point when Sharma – in a blatant contravention of the spirit of the game – blocked Hayden on his way to the first of an easy two runs. In response, Hayden nudged Sharma with his elbow on his way back, a gentle reminder to the young speedster that it was the burly Queenslander who held the upper hand at that stage of the game.

(inspired by this post and my comment there).

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

October 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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  1. Why didn’t Gambir just bitch-slap Watson out of the way? That’s the Indian way, isn’t it? Very sporting, hey what? Or they could have had handbags at five paces. Watsons sure to have one, and Harby could lend his to Gambir.

    That’s about the standard of the whole incident, and this petty post, too. When will Indian stop always complaining that THEY did it first, mummy. They started It!

    tit for tat
    tit for tat


    October 31, 2008 at 5:17 pm

  2. @Steve: Dude, if you even read the post, you would understand it is about The Australian’s rather one-eyed view of the event, not about the incident per se.

    But whine on….


    October 31, 2008 at 11:41 pm

  3. Steve, once a convict always a convict; Aussies are synonymous with runs and not the kind where Aussie bowlers block Indian batsmen. Oh sorry,maybe synonymous is too long a word for you ??


    November 6, 2008 at 1:19 am

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