Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What is the spirit of cricket?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

spot on!! love to see peters or Ian response to that blog

12:08 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Hey Samir, I'm a newbie to your blog (came across it through cricinfo) and have enjoyed reading some of your posts. Will be some time before I'm able to wade through years of blogging :o) but hopefully will get there someday..

Wanted to ask you if you've read Peter Roebuck's latest post on Dhoni.. Quite an interesting read.. All in the name of the 'spirit of cricket' eh?? ;o)

Cheers..

4:57 AM  
Blogger V said...

Intresting article!!!.....talking about "spirit of cricket"..would also like to know ur views on Cricket being the so called "Gentleman's game".....I for one dont belive that it ever was ....WG Grace use to admonish the upires for giveing him out " people have come to see me bat, rather then see u umpiring"..that was in late 1800..then ther was the infamous bodyline stratergy to tackle the DON (1930s)..then there was the 1970s and 1980s ..with the west indian fast bowlers.. i ccant seem to place it where but i read the once marshall hit vengsaker on the head... vengsaker lost balnce fell on the groud...instead of checking on him ,marshall casully went & picked up the ball wiped the blood from the ball and went straight back to his balling mark....there is nothing gentle about it..i dont think cricket ever was/is/will be a gentlemans game.....i know atleast Ian chappel thinks that way

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Sunny said...

being a gentleman has nothing to do with being gentle...

i don't mind the aggressive body language or send-offs at all. its an emotional game especially the tussles in test cricket. where you cross the line is when you mouth up rubbish from the first ball and continue to do that throughout the game. and then come back and preach how you are the upholders of the "spirit of cricket."

even when the west indies were ascendant, they didn't sledge opponents...their game and attitude did all the talking. that's why they were universally loved unlike the mighty australians of the past few years.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Anon: I don't think one is forthcoming :)

Deepa: Thanks for the comment, and welcome to the blog. I'd be very impressed if you went through the archives! Yes, I did read Roebuck's latest post on Dhoni; its going to take him some time to recover from the 8-1 clearly!

V: I don't think its ever been a gentleman's game. Theres always been money, foul play and other skullduggery. As for the Marshall/Vengsarkar incident, I think the one you mean is one where one of the West Indian pacers hit Vengsarkar and one of the fielders ran up to the bowler and patted him on the back!

Sunny: I think the West Indians quicks certainly didn't bother with any trash-talking. I think the slips and the close-in fielders might have had a bit of a chat! :)

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Divya said...

Samir,

Great post!! U hit the nail on the head.. I think the aussies are just really confused, they probably never expected India to execute the defensive settings this well and now they're just crying sour grapes!!

4:20 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Divya: Thanks for the comment - certainly some inconsistency there!

7:03 AM  

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