Friday, February 19, 2010

Harbhajan, put a lid on it

I've just managed to finish watching the replay of the last session of play in the India-RSA test. To be honest, my most visceral reaction at the end of the game was intense irritation at the way Singh took off like a solo artist and went and posed for the crowd. He hadn't won the game. His team had. Acting like you are the only one responsible for pulling it off looks idiotic and was in extremely poor taste. If anything, I'd say his reaction ranks several leagues below Shane Watsons ludicrous send-off of Chris Gayle. I can understand the pent-up emotion, the joy of winning a close game, but share the moment with your team. Many players have pulled off close wins for their teams with great outstanding performances in situations similar to the one yesterday. Somehow those men found it within themselves to temper their ego just a bit.

Singh's five wickets were important but they needed a whole set of team performances to make it happen. Celebrate, hoop-n-holler but put this asinine posturing to rest. I've admired Harbhajan's grit and tenacity in the past and respected his fighting spirit and cricketing skill, but I really hope he can get over this habit, because he came close to ruining the end of the game for me.

Remember the hoo-ha about the Australians not shaking hands with the Indians after the Sydney test? How long did it take then? How long did it take for the Indians to get to Amla?

I'll write more on the game later, but I had to get this off my chest.

PS: I'll say this for Harbhajan, he was gracious in his post-match interview in acknowledging his team-mates. Some partial redemption for the man.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

No body is bothered about ur stupid comment. Media only need spice and put undue pressure.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous satish said...

well said! totally expected that the indian mainstream media totally ignored this.

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wrong, it was his actual wicket that levelled the series, and kept the team in the number one ranking, which is an important symbolic achievement. It was incredibly tense. Give the guys a break....its that kind of attitude that gives India the obsequious loser mentality...

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, there is some truth in what you have written. Every person is different and every one has diff. way of expressing themselves, so did Harbhajan, if he had ran towards his mates of course it would have been a diff. scene altogether, his comments after the match prove that he is not selfish.

5:07 AM  
Blogger SKumarUV said...

A "five-for" for the bowler is akin to a century by a batsman. So it is only natural that Bhajji celebrated in a style that is unique to him. No need to read meanings into his celebrations. The fact of the matter is, as Ms. Jayanti Natarajan would say, India won and retained the No.1 position in Test cricket. Hats off to our guys.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Satish: It looked tacky to be honest.

Shashi: Do batsmen celebrate like that? I realize India remained #1. Perhaps Harbhajan could behave like a champion then.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Sumit Gupta said...

Well observed, Samir.Harbhajan has a knack of doing solo celebrations.
He needs to restrain himself in these flaunting avatars.Contributions by others should also be acknowledged.

Sumit Gupta

9:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Frankly, even I am not a big Harbhajan fan. But come on, there are much better grounds for criticising him!

How does it matter if he celebrates alone? Strikers in football celebrate wildly when all they have done is tap in their midfielder's creativity.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Sumit: Sorry for the late response. Glad you agree :)

Shridhar: Clearly a matter of taste! In football though, I guess the rarity of goals makes it more tolerable.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know its a tad late in the day but hey you need to ask one question of yourself , when a batsman scores a century it is his personal achievement and he is allowed to celebrate in any manner he deems fit, either by simply raising his bat or shaking his fist at all and sundry etc. If that is acceptable then what is wrong with a bowler posturing and gesturing? are bowlers in any way inferior to batsmen when it comes to celebrations?

12:33 AM  

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