Monday, January 14, 2008

Are you also the one who is thinking that Ricky Ponting is getting a little too much of a sour deal off the whole Sydney test controversy?
Obviously, the Sydney Test didn’t have the right ending. India was packed to the pavilion with a couple of disappointing, neck-severing umpiring judgments. The Australians were not entirely honest in their cricketing spirits. Rubbing salt to the wounds is the whole ‘bhajji-is-a-racist’ allegation, which is a demoralizing slap to the whole Indian side. This hurts even more considering that Australians are the worst sledgers in the cricketing world. They cheat, they bully, they sledge, and they complain and still walk away with the honors? Now, Is that Dharma?
Relax. It’s just a game. Or probably, it’s not!
Is it? Well, what we saw there is a classic conflict between the purported path of Dharma and the path to achieve results and bottom lines. Ponting wanted the win. Ponting wanted his record. He motivated his team accordingly to achieve the result. Clarke and Symonds consciously clinched every chance they got to take advantage of India. Well, they got the result. But, what was lacking in the whole picture?
I guess it’s the grace. It’s the quality of sportsmanship. There is no way Michael Clarke should have lied that he had taken the catch of Ganguly. How dare Symonds admit the fact that he knew he was out and still went on to bat. Situations like these are the real tests of character and I am sorry, Australia – These people have let you down.
All throughout the world there’s an exceeding emphasis on ‘results’ rather than on ‘quality’. Companies strive for the maximum profits. Managers get fired if they fail to deliver. Isn’t it that the maximum pay packet that counts? The whole idea of capitalism drives one to achieve results. That’s a very good thing. But the flip side of coin paints a gloomy picture that’s not very encouraging. Everyday, we find that the records are marred, evidences are destroyed, accounts are adjusted, audits are managed, malpractices and corruption is still rampant in bureaucratic setups, Examination papers get leaked and student copy in the exams to score better, Chinese Manufacturers are contaminating toys to earn contracts, and what about that Enron-Arthur Anderson Fiasco, Oil companies are funding to dismiss global warming claims, schooling standards are falling in my own country as rote-get-scores style of education is being encouraged and many more – All these are ignominious examples of “Ends justifying the means” philosophy. In all these instances, we find that the “Quality” (of the act) finds itself in shambles. True. Results are the fundamental yardstick to appraise success of a job. But, Is it honorable to drive for results at the cost of ethical contraventions.
Well, as far as Ponting is concerned – he was just thinking that he was making Australia win. He has to stand by his team mates and I also think it’s unfair to blast Ponting for something his team mates have done. I am never saying that the Australian victory was as disputably lowly as the examples I had given. It’s just that it lacked the grace and the character of the world champions. And that hurts – for Cricket!!!
Alright, Michael Clarke is an ass disguised as a smart ass (What’s all that not walking off after being caught?) and Andrew Symonds – A Jack Ass trying to capitalize on his ancestral monkey charm. They think winning is everything are probably will not make elegant cricketers. Let’s see how far they would go.
But India has to still rethink why we buckle under critical situations losing 3 wickets in 11 balls. Good Luck, India. No other feat would be the befitting vindication to this sauced-up story than to level the series with 2 straight wins.
One Last thing: If ICC sacked Bucknor, it means that it has conceded that the umpiring was sub-standard in the test match, Should it not mar the results of the Sydney Test?


Chastity said...

Great work.

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