Sunday, January 06, 2008

Losing respect and getting under Ponting's skin

Before the Test series between India and Australia began, the captains arrived at an understanding that, in the event of a catch being taken, the fielder's word would be taken at face value. On the second day of the Sydney Test, Ponting himself showed what a sportsman he can be by pointing out that the catch he had taken off Rahul Dravid was actually taken on the half volley.

Then, on the final day, with Australia chasing a record 16th straight Test win, he backed a Michael Clarke claim that he had caught Sourav Ganguly. Worse, he himself appealed for a catch off Mahendra Singh Dhoni after 'completing' a diving catch -- in the process of which he grounded the ball.

So, at the press conference, I decided to ask him to explain the two faces of Ricky Ponting. "Sorry, I think you got something wrong there. There is no way I grounded the ball!" he said. "If you are actually questioning my integrity in the game, you should not even be standing...."

I would not let him complete that, would I? "So what is it about Ricky Ponting that makes him allow a batsman to continue in one innings and claim such a catch in the second? Did you really think you had taken it cleanly?"

Ponting's face was red by now. "What I did in the first innings, doesn't it explain the way I play the game?"

I said I had my doubts and hence was asking him.

"Okay, I would say that if I wasn't 100 per cent sure of having taken the catch, I would not have claimed it. In any case, the umpire ruled him not out, didn't he?"

The Australian team's media manager stepped in to prevent further inquisition and before long Ponting was taking another question. So much for sportsmanship!

Not surprisingly, it led India captain Anil Kumble to insist that only one team played in the spirit of the game.

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Maithreyi said...

lovely, u have made every Indian proud

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DOGMAI said...

hi Rajaraman ,
i still couldnt belive, was it really you who infuriated Ponting??

if so, great work man, you are worth your weight in gold. i think u should have still openly asked him " Are you not ashamed to win a test match in this way ?"

Shantanu said...

Yes, I have lost respect for Australia Cricket team. I used to hold Gilly in high regard. But, I have lost it too. Anyway, they want to win at all cost. So be it, if it suits them. Just don't try to be nice then and talk about honesty and integrity. It sounds hypocritical.

I have to blame the umpires for losing control of this game on Day 1.

aiunsdtira said...

No real surprise from Ricky Ponting who has always been a hypocrit. He wants credit for not claiming a catch that was clearly not out! Yet he doesnt want to questioned about a catch which he clearly grounded.

This is the guy who criticised Kartik for not walking yet doesnt expect the same of himself or his teammates.

typical.

Art said...

Raj,

Great job, it is surprising how dense many people are when it comes to win-at-all-costs behavior, and condoning any behavior that gets you the end result. It is refreshing to see people like you call a spade a spade, and do something about it head-on unmindful of the unsavory retorts.

Ponting will again get away with us, unless this is taken up in a big, big way directly in the media. No one better than you to do it.

Not walking on a clear edge, no problem. Excessive appealing, no problem. But knowingly claiming catches that are not is cheating. The funny thing is half the media say the catches are doubtful or iffy without even knowing what constitutes a legal catch.

There are a couple of threads in rec.sport.cricket (see Spirit of the Game) which contrast the Rashid Latif catch to two catches from this game using video evidence.

Please use your resources and ask for a couple of professional umpires opinions about them, and post them on your blog. Directly bring to the ICC's attention by writing an open letter to Mr. Speed asking him why Aussies are beyond reproach when it comes to false bump ball catch claims, over rates, dissent, etc. Widely publicise your article/blog with agencies like PTI, Hindustan Times, TimesofIndia, Cricinfo, etc.

Please also request the Indian Team to register cheating charges against both Ponting and Clarke -- sufficient video evidence is there. (Google rec.sport.cricket and Spirit of the Game for the links.) Whether to go forward with them or not is something they can decide later, but it is important to register a complaint first.

Let's see what Mr. Speed does. If he does not even respond with an honest answer or response, we know which values he and the ICC represent.

BTW, how do I contact you via e-mail? I can provide you with additional links and sources in case you need them.

Suresh said...

the fact of the matter is indian batsmen could not last 72 overs, a couple of bad decisions notwithstanding...

ashishpadave said...

Hi! I heard the press conference on TV and immediately recognised your voice :) looked up google for your blog and found it.. confirmed it was indeed you! hats offf :)

Oh BTW, this is ashish (cricketnext.com @ sids)

ശില്‍പി said...

Dear Raja,

Could you ask symonds, if symonds cannot be called a monkey can we call a monkey symonds, and also why the word monkey became racist. perticularly taking kiran's famous monkey jump imitated by miandad

netdawg said...

Looks like the boyz in blue forgot basic Sun Tzu. If enemy is in superior strength evade him. In the case of this test, clearly India was playing Oz plus the two umpires and also a fiesty home crowd. The strategy should have been what Dravid and Kumble id...defiance...let the crowd get bored and go home...match would have been a totally forgettable draw instead of all this ugliness.

Traveler said...

Congratulations!You stood true to your profession and India.
You did us proud. :)

What Ho ! said...

Thanks a ton Mr.Rajaraman, for standing up to the australian cheats....as another person in the comments says says Karthik not walking in mumbai , followed by the hue and cry by ricky comes to mind ......how can anyone tolerate this ....

Traveler said...

Congratulations! You stood true to your profession and proved to be a true Indian. Hats off to you!:)

jbourne said...

Nice! Awesome! Hope you get the chance to nail him some more!

Maha_Prabhu said...

At last, some spine from Indian media!!
We have been taking this crap for a long time and it's time somebody stood up and asked questions of those two-faced Aussie hypocrites, who take up the cause of "sportsman Spirit" when it's convenient for them.
Was it a coincidence that the slip cordon seen on the final day's play was Gilchrist(WK), with the attendees-to-be at the hearing completing the cordon .. Symonds included .. who is normally never seen in the slips cordon .. why only on this day? Were they cooking up stories ..? Mr. Rajaraman, I don't know whether Nandu Lele was there or not .. but the next time, include him in interrogating .. in his inimitable Puneri cricketing jargon which I am so familiar with since my playing days!! Should he be there in Oz, my greetings to him ... Chaitanya K

Vallabha said...

(1) Ricky Ponting %u2013 (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.



(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.



(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.



(4) UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.



(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep comment

Pratik Kumar said...

fantastic interview...you have shown how rude can ponting be...

Sundaresh said...

Mr Rajaraman, I am happy that you questioned Ponting the way you did. I have always felt that Indian journalists don't ask the difficult questions of administrators or players. Australian players talk of integrity and spirit is just a facade. They are all about winning just like most other teams in competitive sport today.
I bet you that they even practice the art of appealing to fool umpires. The unison with which they appealed for Dravid's catch plus a few ones on their last tour of India showed that they have perfected the art.

Satish said...

Am glad you got under a pachyderm's skin. I wonder if the first virtue of being in the Australian Cricket team is to be shameless beyond a human's imagination. Integrity, honour - these are not words that suit the current Australian team. I am truly disappointed with Adam Glichrist of all the players. Australians suck !

Prasad said...

MATCH-FIXING

Do you think that Ponting would have match-fixed it with the umpires to get in that 16th test win. He would do anything to keep up his ego.

Don't you think he would do anything to win the next match to beat up the world record? I think its part of his game to get Harbhajan banned for next 3 matches.
This would leave the Indian bowling very weak with Zaheer & Sreeshant sitting out injured.

It is more than the racial. I think this match must have been fixed.

hot (c)hics, cool space - my blog said...

We were wondering who this journo is who got the worse side of Ponting out. Great! We are indeed very proud of you and which mag do you represent?

Vaibhav said...

Great piece of brave journalism, yeah indeed we saw 2 faces of Ricky Ponting, and bravo and cheers to Raj for exposing that! Actually its sad that the gentleman's game is spoilt for a petty record by few brats !! However I think the Indian management is also largely responsible for this, they have never shown any sort of aggression till lately so they have been always taken for a toss.
Hats off to your journalism again !
-vaibhav

Ashish said...

Raj, you have made every Indian proud. Ponting and Australian team are cheaters and only reflecting the blood of convicts they had in them.

Anirudh Vyas said...

We can go in an endless debate over he did this and that. The bottom line is that India Lost a match. If we try to look at positives from this match and take a look at what "we" did wrong and then try to look at the next match ( forgetting everything in the past ), ONLY then my friends we will be able to win, and dont forget Sachin has once played well at Perth.

Lets hope we can get to see a match where The Wall, Laxman, Sachin and Saurav all dazzle together ...That will show their real worth ... to show really that it was poor umpiring effort and not because Indians weren't playing well.

Thats all we have to do.

Regards
Vyas, Anirudh

PS: If he or / they are dishonest then let them be, Why should "We" waste our time in discussing their dishonesty ... Just do your work and forget about fruits. Thats what Gita tells me.

Alchemist said...

Raj - kudos to your courage and question. Keep asking these tough questions and specially when he is in India next. Get under his skin so much that his kids should be ashamed of him.

Maverick Rocks said...

Hello Rajaraman,

Great job...I had seen the answer given to your question on the TV and when pointing said "If you are actually questioning my integrity in the game, you should not even be standing...."

You should have told him that "Mr.Pointing, unlike in the field, you don't decide who stands here and who doesn't and also there is no Mr.Benson here to support you."

You have made every Indian proud with your question. AUSSIES "SUCK" thats all I can say.

Gopal

Mishn said...

Good on you Raj. Judging by his mediocre response you struck a nerve. I think one thing that Ponting (and the rest of the Aussies for that matter) need to understand is they are merely participants of the sport and at no time are they, as individuals or collectively as a team, bigger then the sport. Example, look at the Channel 9 coverage. They make the team out to be some sort of unstoppable superpower. At the end of the day they are just a cricket team, and nothing more than that. Im from New Zealand and if any NZ team was portrayed on TV in that manner consistantly I would honestly be embarrassed to be a NZ'er. Ponting take note....no matter how successful you are as a batsman, captain or team, that does not make your view any more superior to anyone elses view. Regardless of how successful you have been as of late, your views are held in the same regard as any other player from any other cricketing nation. Just play the game as anyone else would (as everyone else does!) and situations like this should not arise.

Supratik said...

Excellent Raj,

We are proud of you. Indian media is coming of age surely.
We should not beat around the bush. Australians have been cheats and not for the first time. And the umpiring biased. Its not just that M/s. B&B were deaf or blind. We must learn to call a spade a spade. Thanks.

Sumit said...

I am just amazed at the whole situation. Consider this scenario - India team fights for the ban and eventually it is revoked, Umpires are changed for rest of the series, etc, etc - however, the reality remains that India lost the match (which she should have won) and probably lost the series.

For me the real justice to the whole situation should be: This match should be canceled (Of-course it is not going to happen), redo the match (this ain't happening either), change umpires, and revoke the ban on Harbhajan! - if all of these things don't happen then all our comments, suggestions, fights, etc will be useless

Ravi said...

Welldone Mate. Australia is a team
of arrogant players who cannot even
win gracefully. But what is so special about them that even the umpires (black and white) get influenced and intimidated?

kvn said...

Hi Rajaraman
Thanks for the info that you were the guy asking those questions.Great Job Man.
The attack on Bhajji is a carefully planned one as that is the only way Ricky Pointing would not lose his wicket(4 out of 4).Ricky does not have a clue on Bhajji's bowling and realised that he will soon be exposed.So this orchestrated attack on Bhajji,so that he need not face the embarassment of getiing out to Bhajji time and again.

Jules said...

I sympathise with all Indian supporters regarding the quality of umpiring in the second test match it clearly was not up to standard. However to accuse Ricky Ponting of unsportsmanlike behaviour is sheer stupidity. Ricky claimed not to have taken a catch in Indias first innings , which other players might well have claimed, and the catch off Dhoni he said he was certain (100%) that he caught it, this was also the case for Clarkes catch of Ganguly, which Clarke told Ponting he was certain he caught it. So where has Ponting gong wrong I ask you? If anyone is guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour look no further than harbajhan singh.

kvn said...

On Rahul Dravid's dismissal
Reporter to Mr Steve Bucknor : That ball just brushed the pads and he is given out!! your reaction?
Steve Bucknor : Is that so !! then account it as an LBW
Ricky Pointing : Dont worry mate, had it not been given out we still could have had the decision by stumping him out

Magandra Dass said...

the standard of the umpires in the match was indeed appalling but the indian batting order also contributed to the Sydney defeat as well.

harbhajan should have been banned for more than the 3 matches he got and it is lame for the indian officials to say that the word "monkey" is not an abusive word as it is obvious from the Australia's ODI tour to India recently why that word created so much furore, leading Ponting to report Bhajji to the match referees. Cmon...we all know what Harbhajan meant when he called Symonds by that word and still, the Indian officials and the newspapers claim unfair treatment now by Mike Proctor over the ruling. Although i can understand the feelings of every Indian, Bhajji should not be protected for his racism jibe even when he was provoked by the Symonds.

it is surprising for Gavaskar and Greig to criticise Ponting for reporting the incident to the match referee unless they are giving the picture that it is ok for one player to racially abuse another player on the field as long as no one knows it but the players. SHAME ON THEM.

Close to the Coast said...

Bravo, Raj. You really gave the punter a black-eye.

However, I am uncomfortable with the status of our administrators in the world stage.

We have Sunil Gavaskar as the Head of the Technical committee. Why doesn't he correct things there? Why does he always have to make his opinion heard only on TV? A clear case of doing the Talk and not walking the Walk.

Also, the firm of Pawar, Shah and Modi & Shukla give the impression that they are skilled ONLY in the politicised Indian milieu than in influencing PR in the world stage. This is our biggest failure.

And what of Mr. Dhoni, who played (or did not play) the most atrocious shot in the world.

Surya said...

RajaRam...Great Job Done!! You really deserved the role you were put in now!!

I could see Ponting's face turn pale when the question was asked...He knew that he has committed a mistake and he is trying to defend that piece of it which is totally unfair..

Sir..I really appreciate the guts you have in asking these questions to one of best captions (Regarded as)..

Have a great career ahead:):)

Deepak said...

Hi Raj,

This is your old friend Deepak Shah from Bombay! Glad to see that you are still upholding the best standards of fearless journalism. The double-speak of the Australians has been disgraceful, and it befitting that their captain should be put in a spot and made to explain his actions (or inactions). Keep it up, Raj.

abhishek said...

You da man! For the sake of the common Indian cricket fan, please continue being right on the money with the questions to the players, both theirs and ours.

The reason why people treat you as a hero is probably not because of Ponting's huffy response but because you asked him exactly what a billion people wanted to ask him and wrench out that straightforward answer that he has no guts to give!

sreek said...

Mr Raj,
You were the voice of a billion indians..Well done
This is how you should be questioning a coward cricketer who has two faces.
He really dont wana face bhaji again..
-sreekanth nair
-bangalore

Navneet said...

the good point to be taken out from this test is that a lot of indians who earlier supported the way the aussies played have realised their judgement error....at the end of the day...at the end of the day what matters is CHARACTER n not wins/losses.......the aussies have fallen flat when they came under pressure and to make things worse they have started taking things off the field (bhajji).....it shows how weak they can get when u play with AN EYE FOR AN EYE ATTITUDE.

eesh mengi said...

Raj,
Amazing. you are doing a great works. These are the worst bunch of people on earth. They pushed Sarad Pawar from the dias. Though I dont respect him as a politician but as a person who is elder to you , you should pay some respect. But what else is expected out of these guys. Brits didn't have enough space to put all the thiefs and they decided to send them to Australia. What do you expect from thiefs and cheats..

sankar said...

Classic Test Match - Ha Ha Ha..

Thanks for standing up and asking the right questions. I used to respect Adam Gilchrist for his fair play but even he disappointed. Sport has to be played very fairly and professionally unfortunately these bunch of Aussie players and Umpires made a mockery of it. Sutherland and others saying in a classic test match these things are common is big ha ha.. I just lost interest in Cricket.
At the end Cricket is the looser.

Vikram said...

Maan you have served Ponting with what he truly deserves!!! I never liked ponting.

How can he believe in a guy who stood his ground edging to first slip!! This is outrageously ridiculous!!

Many commentators say it wo'nt work India's way if they retort to Aussie sledging.....I say we need guys like Harbhajan and Rajaraman to take on the Aussies in any way possible!! How I wish you had a longer time to chat with Ponting!!

Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas said...

Can I just make a point here - I agree that India were desperately unlucky to have so many bad (very bad) umpiring decisions go against them in this Test match. They should not have lost the game.

But the reaction that is coming out of India now is not sportsman like either - I read a quote that "Steve Bucknor would not be alive if he walked the streets of Mumbai". That is the behaviour of bad losers, and it creates a situation where you are all becoming as hypocritical as the next person.

On the note of Clarke's catch, Clarke believed he had caught the ball, indicated so to Ponting, who, according to the agreement of the series, indicated that it was out. There is nothing unfair about this - had India been in the same situation, they would have expected decency from opposition.

As for POnting's catch, I'm not sure what to make of it. Some of you may have been watching the South AFrica-West Indies game, and EXACTLY THE SAME THING HAPPENED, when Paul Harris took a catch and grounded the ball. Yet remarkably, this has been ignored, and Harris has not been accused of cheating. That's because SA would have won the game easily, and because they are not Australia, who unfortunately, by virtue of the fact that they are the best team, are exposed to the most scrutiny.

So what we have here is a situation where either:
a) the fielder doesn't know the ball has hit the ground, or
b) both Harris and Ponting are cheating.

yet it is funny to me that no one mentions Harris. No one has mentioned the South AFricans, who scream abuse at all batsmen and bowlers, even when they are winning.

yet we gleefully attack Australia and call them insincere and dishonest.

This is a classic case of "tall poppy syndrome". And yes, I agree, India were robbed in this match, but it wasn't by Ponting or Clarke, and the reaction being shown by the papers and journalist is very immature indeed - why not be the "better man" and show the "dirty Australians" the way forward by being noble and honourable in defeat, instead of the crying that is happening.

Ross Tucker

EnGeetham aka "My Song!" said...

Good one; however, just curious - what are your Australian Counterparts views in the pressbox about the whole umpiring and fair play issue ?

Jitarth said...

It's just the Australian mentality, you're completely right, Kumble should never have agreed to it, and regardless, where is the law that says the Umpires have to agree to what the Captains decide? If the Umpires arent convinced then they should refer it to the 3rd Umpire regardless. Ganguly certainly wasnt convinced, and neither was anyone else who wasnt wearing a Baggy Green.

Keep up the good work Raj.

EnGeetham aka "My Song!" said...

Good one; just curious - whats the general reaction of your australian counterparts in the press-box on the issue of umpiring and fair-play ?

Satya said...

I'm proud of you. That smooth talking Gilchrist is also a clear chit. He advocates to the whole world to walk when you nick it, then appeals for a caught behind, when out of all the people he was the best person to know that Dravid was not out. Still it's umpire's fault to uphold the appeal.

radiochuppa said...

what a load of hogwash...Australia did nothing out of the spirit of the game that India didn't do. The only claim that Kumble can make of Australia not playing in the spirit of the game is that they appealed for things that weren't out (and so did India and Kumble in particular) the only difference was that the umpire made some mistakes (Symonds n.o. caught behind, Dravid given out caught behind etc). Sometimes the decisions go your way and other times they don't. The only serious breach of the games rules seems to be an Indian player allegedly making racist remarks to Symonds but as soon as he is held accountable for that there are talks of boycotting the series. You should all stop calling Australia and Ponting hypocrits and have a good look at yourself. Mistakes happen in life, and mistakes happen in cricket...we should just deal with it and let it be a game that is great to win but is still fun even if you lose.

donivrules said...

New Rules For teams Visiting Australia....

After the test match, I feel some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification

(1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

(4) UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.

(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACIALISM only.

(6) MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advices only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

(7) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

(8) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - “THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET” more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

These rules will clarify better to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.

Neobyte said...

As I recall from the replay, Ricky took the catch in mid-air and wasn't looking at his hand when he landed. He might not have realised in the excitement of taking the catch that he touched it to the ground after (though it was still firmly in his hand).

But lets assume the worst, just to be safe...

Rasheedh said...

Good Job Raj,

Let us help these Cheats recall some of their "dubious achievements" that reflect their so called "integrity"

1) Who was invloved in that unparalleled shamefull incident in the history of cricket where the captian asked his brother to bowl underarm, just to ensure that the opposition would not be able to score the winning runs ?

2) Who was the first cricketer to be banned for racial slur ?

3) Which wicketkeeper/batsmen, wickedly used a squash ball hidden inside his batting gloves to enhance his strokes, in the recently concluded World Cup Finals ?

4) Who was visibly annoyed and also made a statment in the press that Murali Karthik was being dishonest by not walking when the umpire did not declare him out, while at the samwe time he practices and advocates the same ploy to continue his batting ?

Yeah, these are all Australians. They cheat and stink of deceit. Now how an earth can we expect such lying skunks to come clean, be honest and play the game in the right spirit ?

A tall order indeed ! The Austrailain sporting spirit is heavily laden with sham and fraudulent ways, thats it !

Sudhir syal said...

Rajaram,

You are a living legend. India is proud of you.

What about the Clarke appeal. Absolutely pathetic.

I'm attaching here an open letter, I've written to Ricky Ponting. We must not back down from this.

Playing in Australia has become a farce.
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Dear Mr.Ponting,

Firstly congratulations on starting the New year by winning the Sydney Test match, it was a fantastic come from behind victory, one which will rival the victory at Adelaide in the Ashes in 2006. Many congratulations also on equaling the record of securing 16 consecutive Test wins on the trot.

Dare I say it though, deep down there must be a certain lack of satisfaction about the manner in which the win was completed. No, I’m talking about you not contributing anything and getting out to Harbhajan faster than he can say “Tandoori Chicken”. I’m talking about the spirit and the sportsmanship with which the game was played. I know what you are thinking,” the Umpiring is neutral, how can you blame the Australians for that.”

Yes, you are probably right, though a bad decision count of 9 to 1 in favor of the Australians can hardly be termed as neutral. Anil Kumble said at the press match conference, “ Only 1 team played in the spirit of the game.” Since, you quite obviously don’t agree with this statement, let me refresh your memory and take you through a few events that unfolded in those dark days in Sydney.

4th day of the Test match, Michael Clarke caught at slips. Let me repeat ‘Slips’, yes that chap who stands next to the wicket keeper. But Michael Clarke waits till he is ‘given out’? I realize that Andrew Symonds got 3 lives and Hussey 2, but really caught at slips? What next? Will you stand your ground if you get bowled as well? Maybe you should have when you got bowled for just 1 run in the Test Match at the MCG.

5th day of the Test Match, you Mr.Ponting are convinced that your best mate Clarke hung on to a catch and decide to give Ganguly out. Firstly, how can you be sure Clarke caught it when replays clearly show otherwise? Secondly, when did you become an Umpire? What gives you the judicial high-ground to give people out?

Move ahead, a few overs later. You take a catch of Dhoni and then clearly press the ball onto the ground, further still you even press the ball on the ground taking support on it to stand up. And then you appeal? You appeal Mr.Ponting? I realize Australians are not really well known for being cultured, articulate or any of those things, but surely that was pushing it too far.

If that was not enough, you have seemingly masterminded the best way of ensuring you don’t face Harbhajan for the rest of the series. Quite simple really, make up a story that Bhajji called Symonds a “Monkey” and then pressurize and mob the referee to get the ruling in your favor. It’s your word against the Indians, are you more correct because you are of fairer skin? Who is really being racist here?

Really who would want to tour your country anymore? First you guys make up stories about Yuvraj’s supposed attitude problem then you decide who deserves a place in the media room, further you concoct a story about Harbhajan Singh.

Surely, surely Mr. Ponting, they are better ways to win Test matches. India had no business losing 3 wickets with 2 overs to go, but really deep down you know you haven’t played this game in the right spirit. You can go on, go ahead, win 20 Test Matches, win 40 win even 100. Call your opponents for Chucking, Boo them, and heckle them. The World is watching Mr. Ponting, and there is a god up above (Even in your country). If there is one thing that the World is unanimous on, it’s that these victories don’t count for anything. For all of us Indians, the series is 1-1. We won the Test match at Sydney.

I can see the picture quite clearly 3 years from now. The world decides that they have had enough of touring Australia. The Boxing Day Test match in 2010, its Tasmania Vs Victoria, bump catches are given out, the 3rd umpire is a blind man and guess who’s umpiring, you guessed it, it’s Messrs. Bucknor and Benson.

Shame on you Australia. Shame on you Ricky Ponting.


Yours Sincerely,

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RBS said...

Let me get this right .. you all think the Clark catch wasn't out - on what grounds? Where is the TV footage that shows it wasn't caught? As for Pontings catch, he had control of the ball before it was "grounded". Perhaps more sub-continent cricket fans (and "journalists" should read and understand the rules of the game instead of trying to re-write them when it suits.
As usual, blame everyone but the players. What a bunch of sooks.

honest said...

Please accept the fact that the whole nation is riled up because of the loss. If the match had been drawn, the aftermath would've been less violent.

Even McGrath said that he felt the (appeal off Dhoni) was fair after seeing the tv replays - just goes to show how blindsided one gets. How do you expect a player who's been battling for 5 days to be objective in his appealing?

I think the umpires should rightly catch some of the blame, and that this match will rightly provide cause for referrals or other methods to avoid such gross errors. Yet can India forget to target their own weaknesses in not playing for 72 overs?

Will Yuvi get yet another chance? Will Dhoni be upbraided for padding up so often? Will they work with the tail-enders in the nets to improve their batting?

Most importantly, will they dust off the regrets and pound the Aussies into the hard Perth pitch?

sinjun said...

One team was playing in the spirit of the game? Which one? I suppose racial vilification is now within the spirit of the game, I suppose blackmailing the authorities by threatening to cancel the tour if Harbajhan's ban is not overturned is within the spirit of the game, many Indian batsmen have not walked when obviously out, but because they were given out it apparently isn't the same? Ponting clearly took and controlled the ball several inches above the ground, I am sure Clarke regrets not walking, but do not forget that it was his first ball and nerves and adrenalin will have played their part. you have not right to question his belief that he took the catch cleanly on the basis of this, it is hotheaded journalism. I use the term journalism loosely.

toms said...

raja,well done...u have unearthened the ugly side of cricket ...salute your spirit..

toms
ireland

Brett said...

You guys seem to suffer from short term memory loss....Umpiring in the sub-continent prior to neutral umpires was an absolute disgrace to say the least which in all cases favoured the home side!! Lets not forget the disgraceful behavior of Singh!! India, GO HOME..

Genki said...

Well done !
Somebody should tell Ricky that the next time he comes around to India , he might get some black eyes in addition to what he got at the disco In Kolkatta trying to act fresh with Indian women !!

zaheer Thomas said...

Ha Ha ricky ain't gonna forget your name. I actually feel sorry for the aussies, The world champs seem to be dealing with the problem at hand as if they have not heard the word "gentleman".

Harshal @ Snehapadma said...

So accurate.

Bad umpiring is why they have won so many consecutive matches. e.g. Sangakkara's shocking dismissal just when it looked like Sri Lanka can actually win that match in last series.

But that is not the only reason. The fact is Aussies lack spirit. You and Anil Kumble brought it out so cleanly and succinctly.

And yes, in hindsight, Anil must be feeling back stabbed and ruing the fact he agreed on Captain's take for the catches.

Bigad said...

I suggest the correspondent urgently reviews law 32(3)(a) of the game of cricket, and then reviews his comments on Mr Ponting's appeal for the catch off Dhoni.

I will be pleased to assist if he has trouble with his understanding of the law with regard to when a fair catch is taken...

Sunit said...

The following are some of the aspects of the Sydney tests:
1.The Umpring was atrocious.The first, second and third umpires all seemed to be giving decisions favouring the home team.Clearly, some umpires are working post retirement age.Some need to get their eyes and ears tested.Some have dyslexia and cannot comprehend space,speed etc at the same time, even on slo-mo.
Technology is a probably a good answer, as it is technology that has exposed the wrong decisions.And neutral umpires as third umpires, certainly.
2.The Australian team plays hard and fair.This is a bit of a literary licence .The Aussies play hard, period.Adam the Walker has edged closer to Ponting the Punter while Pups has lost his child like innocence.Collectivey, the team has moved in one direction with no sane conscience keeper.
And when it comes to racial abuse, they have had Glenn,Dean,Lehmann, and the Aussie crowds treatment of Murali as benchmarks.
Having said all that, they are still the best in the World .However, teams might find them a bit more vulnerable with better umpiring and use of technology.For all you know, they might come out the stronger and we could then take comments like’50:50 decisions go in their favour’ with a pinch of salt.
Any which way, it will make the game fairer.
3.The Indians have a brilliant batting line-up.This is part literary licence. Some of them have great records.Some have great records both on subcontinental pitches and abroad.But their fourth innings record needs huge improvements.
4. Captain Anil is a great guy-probably in the category of all-time greats like the Gavaskars,Kapils,Tendulkars and Dravids.But his judgment needs to improve.To take a Karthik and Sehwag ,both for the specialist opener’s slot when both were out of form left him with no option even when Jaffer was so clearly out of form.A Chopra, who has done well in the domestic season and has a good record the last time Inbdia toured Australia would have been useful(or any other opener in form).And Yuvraj too probably got a chance too many.It is sometimes not a question of dropping a guy after just one match.But if you find-through the nets etc- that a guy is destined to fail, you try and take a hard call rather than try to be seen as fair etc.
Dravid probably did the same thing when India toured S.Africa.The best batsman on the tour, Irfan Pathan was sent back .Reason- he was actually supposed to be a bowler!
5.Overall, the Sydney test is best forgotten. As Peter Roebuck wrote, if there is no fair play, how does the result and the contest retain any charm?(But I think Roebuck is English and so is probably biased against Australia!!)
6.In the Harbhajan incident,the Australians started the sledging as Harbhajan the batsman was making merry.Once you start that on the ground, you will always find it difficult to lay down norms on what is right and what is wrong. One man’s monkey can be another man’s ancestor.And one man’s abuse can be another’s mental disintegration.

sumind said...

yea this one was really lovely , after all we all know how ricky pointing played the game , after he stood there at the crease even after nicking a ball to Dhoni in the 1st innings.

Attested said...

This Australian Team is the best team at gamesmanship. When they are faced with a team with equivalent talent and skill, Ponting and his thugs turn to intimidating the umpires with frequent, boisterous appeals when bowling and horrendous behaviour when batting. Hypocricy and Cheating is what they excel at. Cricket is just a past time they indulge when not displaying their so called integrity.

Sainis'......Finding happiness in each other said...

Hey Raj,

U have really made us proud. I wish that there were more people like u at the meet who could have made Ponting accountable.
It looks like Aussies are really champions, even at cheating.

Saosin said...

The catch off Dhoni was out, the ball was still in his control irrespective of whether it hit the ground or not. He didn't answer your ridiculous questions because they were absurd and did not need to be. India choked when it counted and that is it. A few bad umpiring decisions (not Australia's fault at all, whatsoever) sure, but good teams can come back from that.

The catch for Ganguly was clearly out.

Easy. Simple. Victory for the better side. Now the childish Indian cricket team is threatening to go home because H Singh got found out for saying something which was well known to have been an intolerable issue prior to the tour (Kumble and Ponting had discussed that in the meeting prior to the series). The only reason Singh did that is because he is bowling poorly and his stats are embarrassing.

Poor little India though, cry all the way home who cares we won easily due to the fact we are a much much better side. The only time Indian cricketers attribute anything to themselves is when they win. Same old whiny, girlish formula, tiring and boring and predictable, but not surprising. Boycotting because a player in your side got found out is not playing in the spirit of cricket if you are going to go on about that also. So that is incorrect.

The only controversy to stem from this series is the pathetic sportsmanship of Yuvraj Singh, which even the BCCI had to admit to, and the racial slurs that H Singh made. People are saying Australia are sore losers and hypocrites. Two things wrong with that. 1 - Australia WON THE MATCH and 2 - Australia invented sledging and do it better and more often than any other side sure, however they do not use racial slurs.

So think about all of this, and if you still disagree, think about whether you are a child or a man.

cybervani said...

good show Rajaram. That was absolutely on the spot and I saw the press conference clippings and Ponting getting upset. The Aussie captain has surely displayed double standards in the way he plays cricket. That needs to be exposed and you have doen your bit.

Go! Supercat said...

"So what is it about Ricky Ponting that makes him allow a batsman to continue in one innings and claim such a catch in the second? Did you really think you had taken it cleanly?"

I think the answer to that one is pretty simple Raj - he knew the first innings 'catch' wasn't out, but wasn't sure about the second. He did the right thing and appealed, the umpires did the right thing and referred it, and the right decision (not out) was given!

In any case, Ponting's not on his own here - Kumble was appealing for some pretty ridiculous LBW shouts, including one that Hogg hit off the middle of his bat through cover for two!

I agree with Shantanu's point - the umpires had no control over the game. With those two umpiring, I would be appealing for everything as well!

si2dhartha said...

You are a rockstar !!! How nice would it have been if you had a photograph of Ricky grassing the ball , and had thrown it on his face !!

Samir said...

Good on you Raj. Who does Ricky think he is? Jesus Christ? Given the evidence, it would have been remiss of journalists not to ask him about the appeal against Dhoni. You could have told him that under the circumstances, as a journalist, it was your duty to question his integrity. You are right; his media manager saved him (is the BCCI learning?).

The commentators at Channel 9, who incidentally take the cake for being unbelievably parochial, even jingoistic, said that there would have been a huge controversy had Dhoni been given out. They added that Ricky had probably not realised that he had grounded the ball. For once, I was ready to accept their comments at face value because Ricky did genuinely appear caught up in the moment. But I have changed my mind after watching Ricky respond to your question.

Incidentally, Channel 9 replayed the Ponting appeal much later. I can bet my bottom dollar that the replay must have been shown on Ian Chappel’s instance. Ian was made alive to what had happened only by the ESPN commentary team. He must have gone back and asked them to check.

While we are talking about Channel 9, it is interesting that nothing was mentioned about Michael Clark not being in control of Saurav Ganguly’s catch. I think the Indian media needs to highlight the “not in control” as opposed to “catch not being clean” issue. It is generally difficult to prove the latter conclusively through TV replays. Interestingly, I don’t think Channel 9 showed a single close up/slomo of the catch in question. I am making a tangential point here, but it is an important one: the ICC cannot rely on feed form TV studios. It needs to have its own technology in place.

To return to the Ponting issue, I am sure you and your colleagues will get several opportunities to grill him. The guy had misbehaved with a girl at a bar in Calcutta and was thrown out. He has always been a thug. I hate hitting him below the belt, but he deserves it.

Do us a favour: ask the Indian media contingent to confront Ricky Ponting with a huge picture up of the Dhoni non-catch the next time he is scheduled to address you all. A blow up of his hand will do nicely.

Shibani Prasad said...

Get our boys back

While one can only gnash one's teeth at the brazen manner in which the Aussies have consigned every vestige of sportsmanship to the rubbish heap, I am disheartened at the manner in which the Indian board's handling of the events is panning out.

- Frankly, our actions back home (like burning effigies and asking for annulment of the result) amounts to nothing more than nationalistic sour grapes and useless post-mortems
- ICC will not remove Bucknor from the Perth test.
- Bhajji will play with an appeal pending and his reputation in tatters.
- The BCCI, run by a motley group of power-hungry politicians and moneybags will resort to tokenism and hasty give & takes to preserve status quo. While we may be the "financial engine of Cricket, there's too much at stake for Pawar and co. to upset the apple-cart.
- Bhajji's case does not deserve the ban. Worse things have been said on-field by Aussies in the past and their loutish behaviour is culturally much more abbrasive than what Bhajji did or is alleged to have said.

In my opinion..WE HAVE TO WITHDRAW FROM THIS TOUR!! Our players (for all their glory, shortcomings or shenanigans are our boys and) don't deserve another day in that sportsmanship-forsaken country.

Padmanabhan said...

I do not see that you have asked anything spectacular to infuriate him, but neither is his arrogance totally replayed out in his reply. Or am I wrong with my understanding and english, after reading it few times.

Never mind, practice asking more pointed questions rather than intended questions.

Wok said...

Why do you ignore the ludicrous LBW appeals from Kumble?
I guess that doesn't that count?

Kumble's wicked comments show why he shouldn't be a test captain.

Was it in the spirit of the game for Ishant Sharma to come out to bat with 2 of the same gloves thereby wasting as much time as possible?

You conveniently forget dont you.

Your question was disgraceful and shows the ugly side of poor losers.

Steven said...

"Worse, he himself appealed for a catch off Mahendra Singh Dhoni after 'completing' a diving catch -- in the process of which he grounded the ball."

I actually think he completed the catch before the ball touched the ground , he was in control of his body and the ball as the laws state.
What are thoughts on that Raj ? Or did you see it that he wasn't in control ?

Just another 50/50 call, that luckily didn't turn out to matter because the umpire had missed the ball brushing the glove.

woznme said...

I can't really believe anyone here watched the supposed non catch of Dhoni!
If you did you would have seen Ricky 's fingers were under the ball when it hit the ground. Why is no one questioning the amount of times Indian cricketers appeal, do not walk (including many in that test in question), sledge etc. etc, etc......
I am not saying any team is perfect, what i am stating what comes around goes around and the Indian team is in no position to sprout holier than thou attitudes.
Yes India did suffer some outrageous decisions, yes Australia did suffer some questionable ones too!
It is a game of cricket and if more is made of it than that well maybe a few people need to look at their lives and maybe get one... :) no offense meant

vivek said...

Good work. You were at your professional best which of course doesn't go for Ricky and some of his Australian players. I believe the Indian team should now follow the path of Gandhi which was greatly exemplified in Lagey Raho MunnaBhai.Next time the Umpires give a wrong decision or the Australians say something, The Indians should go and give them a Jaadu ki Jhaapi and say- "Well done mate, I am sure you did that with all your integrity and honesty". Perhaps that could work against the unwarranted Australian arrogance.

Rishi said...

Good job done Rajaraman....

There was one more incident that really reflected the Aussies' true colour. It was when Dhoni played a defensive shot and the ball clearly hit the ground before going into Gilly's gloves.And the Australians appealed. I was reading in one of Gilly's interviews today that he never appeals if he thinks that the batsman is not out. And if he tells us that he was not sure whether the ball hit the ground on that occassion, then he better visit an eye specialist.

And the umpires who did not refer to the third umpire when a clear stumping appeal was held against Symonds, went upstairs immediately on this occassion.....

Lux said...

Ricky pointing and Australian teams are cricket nerds, who have no love or a great sprit for the game but they just want to win. Just like highschool nerds who want to score a A even without understandign what they learn.

Pointing has showed thet he has lost the respect as a person than anything here. I am glad you asked the question direct, i have a great respect for you now.

Doc's Karratha Adventure said...

You accused the Australian Captain of being a cheat.

Well done. You must be proud.

You've disqualified yourself from any discussion on 'respect'.

sudhir said...

Good going Raj, Atleast you stood up for team India....in a true fashion, unlike the other scribes who were playing it safe...keep it going and keep questioning MR.INTEGRITY on how he plans to win the next test outside the ground..how he is desperate to break Steve Waugh's record as a captain...Also ask Anil Kumble, why we have to be always on the receiving end...why we have to follow Gandhigiri all the time...
WHY???

REDZ

Tim said...

Ricky Ponting was completely consistent with the understanding between himself and Kumble that you mention.
Taking Michael Clark's word that he completed the catch off Ganguly, and his own belief that he cleanly caught Dhoni do not contradict the "...understanding that, in the event of a catch being taken, the fielder's word will be taken at face value."
Clearly Ponting did ground that catch, but he believed he took it cleanly.
I hope everyone can take a deep breath, and continue on with the cricket.

soorya said...

kudoos to u raj.ricky ponting without answering ur question,puts another question for u. that speaks about his integrity etc

Karnik said...

Congratulations on asking Ponting to explain his behaviour during the test match.

Despite Ponting calling Dravid back after admitting he was unsure whether he caught the ball, Ponting's behaviour and reasoning during the second innings (in fact the entire test match) was that of a stubborn and dishonest child. A team's behaviour reflects on the captain and vice-versa. The agreement made between Kumble and Ponting was done so under good faith and the moment Andrew Symonds had decided to stand his ground despite clearly edging the ball to the keeper, all good faith had been broken and the words of Andrew Symonds and the rest of the Australians could not be taken. The fact that Andrew Symonds admitted to edging the ball shows how honestly the Australian team plays and what the Australian captain expects from his players. Ricky Ponting’s integrity on that alone should be in question.

What happened to the Indian batsman during the 2nd innings is shameful and pathetic. The Australian team impose two sets of standards; one for themselves and one for other teams, and it is for this very reason that the Australian cricket team are regarded as unfair and “cheaters”.

As good as it would be for the Indian Cricket team to boycott the remainder of this tour, it would be much better for the Indian cricket team to find strength from such shameful adversity and win the remaining two test matches and level the series. Regardless of what the BCCI and India Cricket team do, I believe and hope that every Indian cricket fan, and indeed cricket fans worldwide, acknowledge and support them!

Hemanth Gowda said...

Dude, you are one heluvva guy. Great questions directed at the captain of the biggest cheaters the game has seen (since pakistan)

Prabu said...

Rajaraman,

We are proud that you guys stood up for the team. Someone had to ask that tough question and it is heartening to hear that it was you.

BTW, please don't hesitate to call me @ 0412502018 when you are in Perth if you want to get around the city or want some rasam mammu.

rosco said...

raj
fantastic that you challenged the whole integrity of the australian cricket team and channel nine. I still dont believe that ponting knows what he said after grounding that catch and then appealling. not to mention that he even decided to become an umpire in dismissing ganguly after clarke had clearly grounded the ball.........and the producers of channel nine seemed to disappear from the replay screen.shame on you.
cheers rosco
new zealand

Ganesh said...

Hi, you have really spoken what actually each Indians had in mind to be asked to PONTING.

He should have been asked more..like: if he is not ashamed to be the captain of a champion cricket team after this game. Has he not learnt any good things from his senior stars, who were really ashamed to see Ponting do such stupidity act.
I had placed Ponting and Gilli at high,but now they no more deserve to be there.
INDIANs: we are proud for what you are than for what you are not! Come back. its shameful to play against such a week minded team.

Gurinderjit said...

I agree that bad umpiring did us in the SCG test. And yes, Ponting and Co are sore losers. But, my question to one an all is -- Bad umpiring or not, is our batting so FRAGILE to crumble the way it did?

And as a follow up, I would like to ask -- In the first innings of the SCG test, weren't the Indian bowlers and fielders, guilty of giving away easy runs to a tail ender like Hogg and company? I am sure if we had made run making for the tailenders and even Symmonds, they would have thrown away their wickets in frustration.

We did not and our bowlers, bereft of ideas, were going through their motions.

We also knew the history of Bucknor and India cricket. So, we should not come as a surprise to us Indians.

The only way forward is to put up a superlative performance in Perth and Adelaide -- with all guns blazing and am sure we can still salvage this ill-fated series.

Focus and commonsense is the need of the hour.

mrmarbles said...

Im sure Mr Rajaraman that you questioned Captain Ganguly in the same manner after he claimed a half volley catch against Adam Gilchrist in the 2003 World Cup final ?

Selva said...

Hi Rajaraman ,
Great work man. We Indians love You & are very proud of You. I would love to attach a comment that I made on the Internet (Cricket next.com)on January 2, 2008, 4:08 pm. You will really like it.
SELVA KUMAR said...
AUSSIES INVINCIBE AT HOME - India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day I TOSS DOES NOT MATTER TURF DOES NOT MATTER CONDITIONS DO NOT MATTER OPPOSITION DOES NOT MATTER ALL THAT MATTERS IS THEY HAVE ALWAYS HAD RELIABLE PLAYERS LIKE Steve Bucknor/Marc Benson & Bruce Oxenford PLAYING FOR THEM & WHAT A FORMIDABLE TEAM THEY MAKE. RESULT : India vs Australia, 2nd Test AUSTRALIA'S 14 PLAYERS DEFEAT INDIA'S 11 COPREHENSIVELY AND THEIR WINNING STREAK CONTINUES, REPUTATION OF FAIR & HARD CRICKET INTACT, SPIRIT OF THE GAME UPHELD. CAPTAIN QUOTES : TEAM WORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SECRET BEHIND EVERY AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM'S VICTORY & SO IS THIS ONE. GREAT SHOW BY OUR BOYS ESPECIALLY Steve Bucknor/Marc Benson & Bruce Oxenford. I SHOULD ALSO MENTION SPLECIAL THANKS TO THE ICC FOR HELPING US HAVE PLAYERS LIKE Steve Bucknor IN THE PLAYING 14 BECAUSE HE HAS MADE CLASS INDIAN PLAYERS LIKE SACHIN HIS BUNNY FOR SO MANY YEARS AND HE IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER WITH AGE. IT WOULD BE FITTING IF I END MY SPEECH SAYING THAT INDIA WERE BOWLED, CAUGHT, RUNOUT & STUMPED BY Steve/Marc & Bruce OUR MAN, SORRY MEN OF THE MATCH. CHEERS MATE. (Posted: January 2, 2008, 4:08 pm)

Please mail me if you liked it
Selva

Karthik said...

I read the morning newspaper and it said "a journalist from India asked ricky about the appealing"..Now i know who the journalist is :-)) Great stufff.. am so happy you asked him..U've made us PROUD !

Karthik.

Tim said...

Apparently your idea of sportmanship allows you to behave like the worst type of 'paparazzi'.
The most disgraceful thing out of this match is the attempt by the Indian media and BCCI to confuse people. Where is the focus on the racism shown first by Indian spectators in the recent one day series and then by Harbharjan Singh? Ponting a hypocrite? Perhaps, but no more so than those who do not confront such atrocious behaviour.

bhags said...

That was Ponting c&b G Rajaraman. Jokes apart but aussies have always played foul on their home ground, then be it against India, Srilanka or England...

Krishna said...

Well done, Mr. Journo.

If you ever have a chance to question Mike Proctor, please ask him the following questions:

1) Mike, Is your firstname short for Mickey?

2) Why else would you report Yuvraj for not walking and yet days later, NOT report Micheal Clarke for the same offence?

3) Mike, are you fond of kangaroos? How about kangaroo courts?

4) Mike, would you be more offended if I called you a monkey or a bas*ard?

To which, he may reply 'quit monkey ing around'
If he says that, you can deliver the coup de grace...

5) Mike, now that's racist! You are banned from all umpiring for 3 tests!

---
Thanks Mr. Journo for ruffling the feathers of Ricky Ponti(ficat)ing.

-Sundar

amritesh said...

you have acutally put forward some of the questions which ponting would never have liked to answer and his discomfort in answering that clearly showed that he was guilty! great job Raj!

David said...

Pointing appealed for a catch he thought he caught, you have to take his word he thought he caught it. Kumble appealed for an LBW when Hogg drove him through the covers for two, you have to take his word that he thought it hit the pad first.

Appealing is not against the rules of the game. Racially abusing someone is against the rules of the game and the fact that media are choosing to focus on unsportsmanlike behaviour that is legal and not focusing on blatant unsportsmanlike behaviour that breaks the code-of-conduct is what is clearly hypocritical in this whole story.

Congratulations on calling out Ricky Ponting, now who is going to call out you?

Ashok said...

Mr. Rajaraman,

Your questions not only brought the irritability of a guilty mind to the fore but also made him lie that he had taken it cleanly(thanks the video was very clear he grounded it). You dint lose any respect there. You only gained it from millions of others back home, who are far more honest than the Australian captain and the players. Kudos.

Ashok

adhish said...

i think the sydney test match was fixed. and who better to fix the result of the match than the umpires? it wasnt a case of incompetance or mistakes but a clear case of bias. how else can the third umpire go wrong when the stumping replays show that symonds foot is in the air? if an inquiry is initiated for match fixing , i think, the umpires will be in real trouble as they sure seem to be guilty.
in terms of use of technology for arriving at decisions - the maximum people raising a voice against are the australians, as they very well know that without the clear biased advantage they cannot win test matches or one dayers. they are not a side they are made out to be. they are very mediocre as their record suggests.
1st stint of 16 wins in a row - 9 were on home soil and with a lot of help from the umpires.(can one forget tendulkar ducking into a bouncer and being adjudged LBW)
2nd stint -11 matches are on home soil, 2 are against bangladesh and even these with umpires help.

Karthik said...

i WAS WONDERING who the indian journalist was until i read the blog...SUPER DUPERRRR... U've made us PROUD..

GREAT STUFFF..

Gurinderjit said...

Anyways, Raj great work at embarassing Ponting.

But, if you see history of the game, the top team in international cricket has always got the benefit of doubt from all the umpires. So what transpired at SCG should not come as such a big surprise.

In fact, we should take this set back positively and harness it towards improving our own cricket.

Greyhill said...

Is it going to take me to state the obvious?
Ponting took that catch cleanly, but as he fell on his arms after the dive, he did indeed ground the ball whilst still having it in his hand (he never dropped the ball)...
Now, I don't know the rules precisely on this matter of it being a legitmate catch or not, it was a strange circumstance, but from what I gather, it would not have been a legitimate wicket, if it was given out.
Isn't it plainly obvious that Ponting believed that he took that catch? I say he wasn't aware that what he did as he fell to the ground would render the catch illegitmate, or maybe it didn't pop into his head the significance of him grounding the ball like that, even though he never really 'dropped' it. Even the TV commentators themselves didn't realise the significance of how he had grounded the ball until after an advert break on the second round of replays. So that's Ponting's case handled.

Now with Clarke's catch, are you the umpire? Clarke said he caught it. There wasn't as much controversy about it, and I think, judging by the (not that great) replays you'd think it was out, unless you didn't want it to be. Wasn't there an agreement between the captains that their teams would accept being dismissed on the word of the fielder: whether he caught it or not?

If you ask me, the only thing that seemed a bit strange was Dravid's wicket, but how are we to know what really went on there? Maybe they did think he nicked it, believe it or not. Maybe they think he might have nicked it. I know certainly that when I am bowling for my cricket club, and there is a caught behind/slips occurance that you half doubt about whether the batsman did indeed hit it or not, I will appeal anyway.

The umpiring decisions were bad.
I ask you, can you imagine the Australian team causing such a fuss after the game, if the roles were reversed?

Piyush said...

Ricky Ponting is everything that a sportsman shouldn't be. Being from the defence forces one has been on the sportsfield for long enough to know that a person's character can be read like an open book on the playing field. Ricky Ponting personifies a character who would go any length to win...where are the sterling qualities or virtues of a fair fight? It is evident that Ponting would stoop down the lowest depths to win. Not a very sporting trait, I'm afraid! And arrogance seems to be his middle name in any case. The most fitting reply to the fiasco of SCG would be a professional display by Team India who should now take it upon themselves to redeem their honour and that of Harbhajan Singh by giving the Aussies a hiding of their lives, on the field of course.

Krishnan said...

Good on you...that bloke is a disgrace

Gaurav said...

well done mate. the umpires messed up but that is a problem that can be addressed.

how do you counter a bunch of desperate cheats who masquerade as sportsman?

this is a holy game, behavior like this really is sacrilegious. The Aussies have pretty much done everything to ruin their own good name.

Compare this to a man like Steve Waugh?

I got two words for Symonds, Darren Lehmann.

sad day for Australia. I hope the BCCI pulls out of the tour. Lessons need to be taught.

The Enticer said...

Is there a video of this exchange.. please post it..

Thanks, Enticer

sudhir said...

Shocking Umpiring & Poor sportsmanship!!
Australia for the record books might have won the test but morally its India that won through out.They had to battle not only the Aussie team but also two very incompetent and biased umpires!!
Harbhajan has been slammed for racial abuse?You have got to be kidding!
The australian team is know(or lets say notorious) for their sledging but when they get a taste of their of their own medicine, they go crying "Mummy"...
Glichrist was probably the only guy people had respect far but with him claiming Dravid's catch, he has fallen into the same abyss with the rest of his team mates.
And to Michael Slater and his croonies at Channel 9 "Mate(as an aussie would put it) do you know what is the root cause of all this racial abuse?"It is the sledging that the aussies do.They drive people to do it!!!
And for heavens sake when you cover a story, do cover it in full, and not your twisted version.Thanks to Tony Greig for standing up.
And to the two umpires who officiated the match,they were more eager for Australia to win rather than the australian team!For heavens sake can we get someone who can hear and see!!!My grandma would have done a better job.

Sanjeev Sharma said...

After watching the test match, someone has written some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification

(1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.


(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this number can be higher.


(4) UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board (esp Ponting, Clark and McGrath).


(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting and abusing all the opposition players on the field; BUT, the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACIST ATTACK.


(6) MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advices only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

(7) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

(8) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets the wicket of RICKY PONTING - “THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY, IN THE GAME OF CRICKET” more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be able to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

These points will further clarify the rules to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.


Regards,

The game

Akil said...

Hi,

I wonder why no one is bringing the point in front that how can this same Ricky Ponting who had stated that Murali Karthick should have walked in the 20-20 match in India, and yet stand his ground when he nicked the ball by Gangully, claim that he is "honest and plays the game in the right spirit"? What a complete HYPOCRITE!! I understand batsmen leaving the decision to the umpire on a edge or cut, but to tell off another player for not walking and then not do it yourself? And instead to question others about questioning HIS integrity? He had the GALL to say that?! Ponting is a very arrogant and rude man. and a sore-loser at that. And if the Captain of the team is such, what can you expect from the team!

rakshit said...

A few MONKEYS have committed suicide by jumping into the lakes full of crocodiles after they came to know that Symonds was called MONKEY...

If India has little bit of self respect, then we should called off tour. Don't worry abt financial losses..

rajeshrishi said...

thanks rajaraman ,u show the real face of australian team and captain

Vishysblue said...

Hi Rajaraman,
I am proud for the fact that you bit the bullet and asked him the question on his face. He deserved every bit of it. Kumble is a great ambassador for cricket and if he made such a statement about Australians, he has a reason. I really do feel there was foul play involved in the umpiring. I can understand if the umpires have been giving Indian batsmen out all the time or Australian batsmen all the time but here the case was Australian batsmen were given out when they were out & indian batsmen were given out when they were not out consistently. So, there has to be something fishy. Even the third umpire blundered. The nerve of Oxenford to even live after such a mistake.

Leslie said...

I am a kiwi, and a huge fan of the Indian Cricket team, and have closely followed their very attractive and successful brand of cricket over the last few years (especially since John Wright was coach!). Like all of you out there, I had (and still have) high hopes for India to do well in this series. However, with all this accusation of unsportman-like behaviour from the Australians, I feel that the Indian team (especially Kumble) and their supporters have been rather unsportsman-like themselves. C'mon, burning effigies of the umpires and Ponting?!?! Yes, the umpires made some shocking decisions, and yes, the Australians were very aggressive and provocative. But please, for the sake of sanity, accept defeat with grace, and move on with your lives! Most of all, grow up and stop whinging!

Rajiv said...

Rajaraman - I knew it was you when I heard your voice on a news channel showing that press conference. I was very happy with the way you grilled Ricky Ponting. He deserved a more intense grilling on his behavior in particular and his team's behavior in general. He leads a team of cheats who would do anything to avoid losing. Bad losers!!

eesh mengi said...

After watching the test match, someone has written some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to give the other teams a perfect clarification

(1) Ricky Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE.

(2) While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.

(3) While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

(4) UMPIRES should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.

(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACIALISM only.

(6) MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advices only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.

(7) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.

(8) THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - “THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET” more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

These rules will clarify better to all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA.

Rajiv said...

Rajaraman - I knew it was you when I heard your voice on a news channel showing that press conference. I was very happy with the way you grilled Ricky Ponting. He deserved a more intense grilling on his behavior in particular and his team's behavior in general. He leads a team of cheats who would do anything to avoid losing. Bad losers!!

Aussie6969 said...

You just cant accept that your team lost fair and square. I agree the umpires had a shocker, but India had every chance to win the test match if they could of dismissed Hussey and Hayden cheaply, but were unable to do so. You should just get over it and move onto the next match. If only one team played the spirit of the game, why was Harbhajan Singh charged with racism??

Dr said...

India it's time to get over it!. India lost the game. India, its supporters and journalists sound like sore losers. The game was lost on the field by the Indian batsmen and now it sounds like India is trying to win a meaningless battle of the field. Harden up, stop dreaming of integrity and sportsmanship when you know it does not exist in either team.
Words from a New Zealand born Indian. As a New Zealander I support Australia as much as India supports Pakistan...

shamoni said...

yes, if I recall vividly, it was one of the aussies who expected batsmen to walk & cried & sulked if they were given the wrong end of a decision.

they keep talking about how the only issue is bhajji's racial slur, which he has amazingly, but not surprisingly, been found guilty of.

even mcgrath claimed the catch came off the pad & ponting took it cleanly! are they blind or so seriously up their own ass that they can't see a catch comin off the pad & being grassed?? i mean i could see dat in normal speed, they get the benifits of replays & slow-mo's. it's really amazin.

kudos to you on your question. wish they would've let u ask more.

rajeev said...

Like many others, I have also lost respect for Australian cricketers. The contrast between brash Ponting and a statesman like kumble could not be greater as was obvious from their post match answers. In fact, I am surprised to read elsewhere that ponting has reiterated his stance on a television program. Can somebody please show him the replays of the catch he was claiming and the one Clarke claimed.

satish said...

Hi Raj,

You questioned in the right way.The way Ponting responding and the face expressions seen in his face clearly says that he is trying to defend himself.The Aussies have played street cricket.They have not exhibited any kind of professioanl cricket.

Saran said...

Very True.
If ACB and its players like ponting continue to behave like this Cricket matches in Australia will no longer gentleman's game.
Press people are not integrity evaluators. http//simba.in//

Ramesh said...

Hi Rajaraman,

It is great that you could ask such point-blank questions and the "real" Ponting came out with the answer that "you should not even be standing".

I feel that now that ICC has decided to remove Bucknor from the next Test, this implies that they admit the umpiring at Syndney was obviously beyond acceptable standards. In such a case, whenever ICC calls a Press Conference, please insist that the Sydney Test should be annuled from the records. This is the ONLY wat that this farce can be rectified!

sojourner said...

surely cricket has witnessed a new low !!! Ponting has proved himself to be one of the worst possible ambassadors of the game. is this the way the champions are supposed to play the game ? even gilchrist, the usually trusted cricketer disappointed us by appealing blatantly during the dravid dismissal even if it was quite clear that the bat was well behind the pads. the Australian cricket team has lost its credibility completely and the ICC needs to seriously look into this issue for the betterment and goodwill of the sport

Lee said...

"Not surprisingly, it led India captain Anil Kumble to insist that only one team played in the spirit of the game."

Well said Kumble! Clean up the racism in your team then maybe there might be two teams playing in the spirit of the game.

Lee said...

As a neutral observer from NZ watching the sydney test I was disgusted by the behaviour of several australian cricket players, symonds, gilchrist, clarke, ponting to name just a few.

Its ok to try hard to win but these guys are a disgrace and will try and win at all costs even if it seriously destroys there integrity as a player and shows a total lack of respect, they appeal for things that are no where near out, they dont walk when clearly they are out (yet it wasnt that long ago the gilchrist bragged how aussies walk) they claim catches that clearly hit the ground first (clarke also claimed one in the chappel hadlee which clearly hit the ground first).

Umpiring in the test was extremly poor with australia seeming to get the rub of the green every time over dodgy decisions, however i feel that the umpires are being pressured and interagated by the behavour of some of the australians.

Its very dissapointing to see that australian players will destroy there own integrity in order to do everything to win the game.

Im also sure that Symonds was not innocent in the Harbijhan incident as symonds always seems to be in the middle of controversay.

I see the indians are very upset with the latest events and after what I witnessed they have every right to be, if it was me I would definitley refuse to play against these australian clowns.

aandthirtyeights said...

Thank You so much! I stood up in front of the TV and bowed when I heard those questions. Great!

Oh, please read my views here - http://imamwapsoro.blogspot.com

Sam said...

All I see here is a hack journalist trying to grab five minutes of fame by claiming to have 'gotten under the collar' of someone who we actually ARE interested in. Grow up 'Raj', whoever you are. And as for all these righteous India supporters writing in... ask yourselves - do you really condone racism as a lesser crime than a contentious appeal in cricket (which for all you or this 'journalist' know was actually valid)? i.e. (god forbid) Ponting was telling the truth. Go look at the crowds in Baroda and Harbajhan the racist and think about throwing stones from the glass houses you seem to live in. You were simply outplayed. Get over it and move on.

Adam said...

oh dear.... such ignorance -- why do so many people think that the fact that the ball Ponting caught touched the grass while in his grasp means that it wasn't a catch?

He was clearly in control of the ball, and it remained in his grasp.

Are people assuming that Tony Greig knows what he's talking about? The bloke is habitually wrong on matters of fact!

rakesh said...

...............BLACK DAY IN CRICKET.........

Now I understood the meaning of the words tat Symonds said in their tour to India.” Hot summer is waiting for India in Australia”, Good plot Symonds and ponting..,
And I like to say word about Dhoni the way he reacted after the ridiculous statements of Australians... "If they think they can say any thing after they win the series, it’s up to them...” That was not the way Dhoni... u might have reacted more aggressively...
I think the root of Australians behavior is that they are not able to digest the India's T20 win... After losing the T20 match in India ponting made a statement that "its time we should take T20 matches seriously...” we never knew tat they were playing a friendly match wen it comes to T20...


Talking about the so called Great umpires... Steve Buckner should be tested for his watching and hearing skills... the man who said a long time ago tat he is not able to see the ball properly is still continuing to do a great job especially against India.. Buckner... tanx for ur services to the game... Its time u take rest... And a written test should be conducted to know whether Benson knows the rules and the way to do umpiring. .coz he doesn’t know where the third umpire is...? He went on asking the so sportive ricky ponting whether the catch was taken cleanly, the man who was not moving out of the crease even knowing he nicked the ball to the keeper... And the way he responded in the press meet was so friendly…
and steve Buckner’s eyes are so powerful tat he dint even referred a third umpire for a stumping... and unfortunately the third umpire was also doing a good job in this match... when he is not able to use the technology properly to give the correct decision which is the only job of the third umpire, why is he sitting there..?
I even had dangerous doubts that...”are the umpires bribed…?”


It was like umpires were pointing the sky every now and then wen India was bating and had a neck problem when Australia was batting...

And talking about Bhajji... In every visual wat they are showing on TV, it was symonds who was blabbering in every visual they are showing, there is no single visual that shows the lip sink of bhajji...
It’s very sportive for the Australian team (Godfather’s of verbal abusing and demoralizing opponents with their words) that they went to the referee complaining against opponent’s behavior...
Talking about the behavior I was really sorry for ponting that his appeal for the catch he took of dhoni's pad was turned down... (What a catch...?)
Now any other player in the world will think twice before saying “hi” to Symonds...

And look at the lip-sink of clark after he took (really?!!!)the catch of Ganguly..?

I don’t think India should call the series off, they have seen a lot of our patience and nice behavior, let them see how can we give-back...
India has the muscle power to affect the ICC up to the extent we need... I think it's time we should use it...
And talking about ICC , after the poor performance of India in the world cup they went on showing examples of other countries who played better than India in that series.. I think now it's time for them to give Australia a good example of other countries that may not be world champs (duh...) but who are real sportsmen...
I bet that if sreesanth was part of the team, he too might have been charged with the same issue, coz these are the two players who respond strongly to the Australian’s sledging.

It’s time for BCCI to back our heroes full pledged...

YUVRAJ and DHONI… concentrate on your game… You know wat…
And deepika you stop going to see the match if u want India to win...

kum09 said...

You made good questions which the unspirited ponting can't answer ever.

rakesh said...

...............BLACK DAY IN CRICKET.........

Now I understood the meaning of the words tat Symonds said in their tour to India.” Hot summer is waiting for India in Australia”, Good plot Symonds and ponting..,
And I like to say word about Dhoni the way he reacted after the ridiculous statements of Australians... "If they think they can say any thing after they win the series, it’s up to them...” That was not the way Dhoni... u might have reacted more aggressively...
I think the root of Australians behavior is that they are not able to digest the India's T20 win... After losing the T20 match in India ponting made a statement that "its time we should take T20 matches seriously...” we never knew tat they were playing a friendly match wen it comes to T20...


Talking about the so called Great umpires... Steve Buckner should be tested for his watching and hearing skills... the man who said a long time ago tat he is not able to see the ball properly is still continuing to do a great job especially against India.. Buckner... tanx for ur services to the game... Its time u take rest... And a written test should be conducted to know whether Benson knows the rules and the way to do umpiring. .coz he doesn’t know where the third umpire is...? He went on asking the so sportive ricky ponting whether the catch was taken cleanly, the man who was not moving out of the crease even knowing he nicked the ball to the keeper... And the way he responded in the press meet was so friendly…
and steve Buckner’s eyes are so powerful tat he dint even referred a third umpire for a stumping... and unfortunately the third umpire was also doing a good job in this match... when he is not able to use the technology properly to give the correct decision which is the only job of the third umpire, why is he sitting there..?
I even had dangerous doubts that...”are the umpires bribed…?”


It was like umpires were pointing the sky every now and then wen India was bating and had a neck problem when Australia was batting...

And talking about Bhajji... In every visual wat they are showing on TV, it was symonds who was blabbering in every visual they are showing, there is no single visual that shows the lip sink of bhajji...
It’s very sportive for the Australian team (Godfather’s of verbal abusing and demoralizing opponents with their words) that they went to the referee complaining against opponent’s behavior...
Talking about the behavior I was really sorry for ponting that his appeal for the catch he took of dhoni's pad was turned down... (What a catch...?)
Now any other player in the world will think twice before saying “hi” to Symonds...

And look at the lip-sink of clark after he took (really?!!!)the catch of Ganguly..?

I don’t think India should call the series off, they have seen a lot of our patience and nice behavior, let them see how can we give-back...
India has the muscle power to affect the ICC up to the extent we need... I think it's time we should use it...
And talking about ICC , after the poor performance of India in the world cup they went on showing examples of other countries who played better than India in that series.. I think now it's time for them to give Australia a good example of other countries that may not be world champs (duh...) but who are real sportsmen...
I bet that if sreesanth was part of the team, he too might have been charged with the same issue, coz these are the two players who respond strongly to the Australian’s sledging.

It’s time for BCCI to back our heroes full pledged...

YUVRAJ and DHONI… concentrate on your game… You know wat…
And deepika you stop going to see the match if u want India to win...

rakesh said...

...............BLACK DAY IN CRICKET.........

Now I understood the meaning of the words tat Symonds said in their tour to India.” Hot summer is waiting for India in Australia”, Good plot Symonds and ponting..,
And I like to say word about Dhoni the way he reacted after the ridiculous statements of Australians... "If they think they can say any thing after they win the series, it’s up to them...” That was not the way Dhoni... u might have reacted more aggressively...
I think the root of Australians behavior is that they are not able to digest the India's T20 win... After losing the T20 match in India ponting made a statement that "its time we should take T20 matches seriously...” we never knew tat they were playing a friendly match wen it comes to T20...


Talking about the so called Great umpires... Steve Buckner should be tested for his watching and hearing skills... the man who said a long time ago tat he is not able to see the ball properly is still continuing to do a great job especially against India.. Buckner... tanx for ur services to the game... Its time u take rest... And a written test should be conducted to know whether Benson knows the rules and the way to do umpiring. .coz he doesn’t know where the third umpire is...? He went on asking the so sportive ricky ponting whether the catch was taken cleanly, the man who was not moving out of the crease even knowing he nicked the ball to the keeper... And the way he responded in the press meet was so friendly…
and steve Buckner’s eyes are so powerful tat he dint even referred a third umpire for a stumping... and unfortunately the third umpire was also doing a good job in this match... when he is not able to use the technology properly to give the correct decision which is the only job of the third umpire, why is he sitting there..?
I even had dangerous doubts that...”are the umpires bribed…?”


It was like umpires were pointing the sky every now and then wen India was bating and had a neck problem when Australia was batting...

And talking about Bhajji... In every visual wat they are showing on TV, it was symonds who was blabbering in every visual they are showing, there is no single visual that shows the lip sink of bhajji...
It’s very sportive for the Australian team (Godfather’s of verbal abusing and demoralizing opponents with their words) that they went to the referee complaining against opponent’s behavior...
Talking about the behavior I was really sorry for ponting that his appeal for the catch he took of dhoni's pad was turned down... (What a catch...?)
Now any other player in the world will think twice before saying “hi” to Symonds...

And look at the lip-sink of clark after he took (really?!!!)the catch of Ganguly..?

I don’t think India should call the series off, they have seen a lot of our patience and nice behavior, let them see how can we give-back...
India has the muscle power to affect the ICC up to the extent we need... I think it's time we should use it...
And talking about ICC , after the poor performance of India in the world cup they went on showing examples of other countries who played better than India in that series.. I think now it's time for them to give Australia a good example of other countries that may not be world champs (duh...) but who are real sportsmen...
I bet that if sreesanth was part of the team, he too might have been charged with the same issue, coz these are the two players who respond strongly to the Australian’s sledging.

It’s time for BCCI to back our heroes full pledged...

YUVRAJ and DHONI… concentrate on your game… You know wat…
And deepika you stop going to see the match if u want India to win...

Andy said...

Really disgusting from a captain of a team...Cheater is what I call such a person...

Allan said...

I always find it hilarious how India and their fans can behave in the most racially offensive and unruly manner, but when the tide turns, they are up ina rms about everything. Somebody mentioned Australias treatment of Murali in connection with racism. No, Murali is slated because he is a chucker, not because he is Asian. There is a difference between calling a bowler a chucker and calling a player a monkey based on race. It is about time an Indian player faced a ban, Sreesanth has been very lucky in the recent past and I am sure if her was in Australia now he would be in trouble also. Grow up India! As for the catches and appealing, you obviously got put in place by Ricky Ponting and now have an axe to grind.

As for the poster that claim Australian sledging drives players to racism! What? IF the players even have the words on the tip of their tongue that is wrong. If he called him a monkey he only has himself to blame.

People always call me a whinging pom, now it looks like the Indians are the real whingers.

Up until last year India were my second favourite side. Incidents such as Sreesanth's beamer, over appealing and celebrations in the Twenty20, the racial abuse in India during the Aussie ODI series and now this have changed that, and I dont believe I am the only one for whom India have dropped in esteem.

Kuruvath said...

I thank you for asking the question and if only BCCI had people like you in their management.

Wally said...

Geez i dont understand u guys sometimes.....

1. Ponting CLEARLY took that catch. I dont know what the hell u are on about bout it being on the half volley that was as clear as day.

2. Australia merely appealed for the wickets, sure more excessive than normal but at the end of the day they are asking the question and if the umpire gives it out then its not the Aussies fault the umps got it wrong. So don't go blaming them.

Thirdly. At the end of the day you guys lost. The way you choked and the way the Aussies kept their kool with 10 mins to go and 3 wickets still to get, there was no way India should've lost that match but they did and if they couldn't defend 10 wickets in 70 overs on a not-so-bad day 5 pitch then you deserve to go 2 nil down.

FOURTHLY. Someone had a dig at Ponting for being on the defensive about the journo's ridiculous question. OF COURSE he is going to be on the defensive. It was such a ludicrous claim it was laughable. I've spoken to many many people at work about this and every1 agrees... We ain't the sore losers... India are.

But hey... Congrats for making this a very interesting series. Much better than the Lankans. If only Sreesanth was playing so we can sledge the crap outta him (without making it racist of course unlike some other tool)

Ashwin said...

Aussies are the worst ever cricketers the world has seen.They are just like uncivilised barbarians.They cant win test matches with india with their non existent skill.They are cheaters and may be called champions only in the game of cheating and sledging.May ricky ponting go to hell soon.Andrew symonds is just a dumb idiot.What more to say.....................we cant use such bad words here thats why i leave at this.

Adam said...

The Australian team was admittedly in a bolshy, aggressive mood, as they often are, but I really must take issue with Kumble's comment that only one team was playing in the spirit of the game. Two incidents of boorish smart-arse play (way beyond Ponting's efforts!) from the Indian team come to mind immediately. Firstly, in all the furore over the Harbajan incident, can some one please explain what on earth he intended by hitting Lee on the arse with his bat? Secondly, Sharma's transparent attempt to deny the Aussies a potential extra over by coming out with two right handed gloves was shameful. Let it be noted that despite the 5 minute delay, no Australian appealed for a timed out dismissal. Happily, Instant Karma soon got Ishant Sharma.

Sumit - Gamer said...

Hey!!

If any one has doubt that ponting did grounded the ball, go through this as well.

http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2008/jan/07prem.htm

Umesh said...

rajraman"we feel very proud abt u,bcoz there is one person ,who can ask the wrong deeds of australians,thier continious success has brought them arrogance,"and we need persone like u, who can provide feeling of suport for indian players, who r playing away from india..


-Manohar
-Umesh

Sudhakar Govindarajan said...

Rajaram, your question typifies the way media asks a question, and makes mess of a golden opportunity that you are/were provided with. A simple, straight-forward question could have been: "Ricky, after you claimed the catch, TV replays showed that the ball actually touched the ground. It is difficult for any player to really know given the speed at which things happen. If this is the case, don't you think it is better to use technology for all catches". To the western world you need to be straight. You didn't gain any respect when you said "I had my doubts" and hence was asking him. This is not true isn't it? You had the facts with you and not sure why you didn't put it across in a manner that will touch a man's conscience.

Justin said...

Unlike Allan I don't feel any need to defend this Australian team. Since Steve Waugh was captain they have taken a 'win at all costs' attitude that I find offensive and disgusting.

They are not MY Australian cricket team.

If it makes you feel better in India a news.com.au survey on the web at the moment asks the Australian public if India's suspension of the tour is bad sportsmanship - 67% of people say NO. That means most of us think the 2nd test situation was appalling as well.

I think Ponting took an opportunity to sideline a strike weapon - it was cynical and proves the Australians are bullies who can't take their own medicine.

I hope India does continue the tour so that I can meet them in Canberra where I live and let them know that there are plenty of Australians who are embarrassed about the antics of our supposed national team.

As for Ponting getting upset at the questions - no-one is above questioning about their integrity - and maybe his angry reaction just showed he was a little uncomfortable about being questioned for a change...

'A' Rod said...

I think Ponting's response to your question was truly shocking. As a captain, one needs to show some dignity on and off the field. His tone was not just condescending, but showed complete disregard to a senior journalist. Ponting is no God that his integrity cant be questioned and given that he clearly grounded the ball after his 'catch', the question is even more valid.
And as far as the ban on Harbhajan goes, it is a travesty of justice ,a disgrace for not just Indian cricket but world cricket. How can a team that has been sleding from time immemorial ask for a ban on someone who hasnt uttered a word racial. A "bandar" is not a racial word, no way. Ponting and his team have lost respect in not just Indian circles but in their own country. Ponting needs to take cue from Kumble, whose behaviour after the recent events has been immaculate. Wonder how Ponting and his team would have behaved if they we were in our shoes.

V.Ilamparithi said...

Thanks Man,
U reflect our views.. I wanted to ask this Qn.. U asked...


U should have persisted with your Qns.. U should not have stopped under his collar, u should have got under his skin....

samu43 said...

Hi Rajaraman,

You have asked THE question that ALL of Indian cricket fans wanted to ask Ponting. Many of us shouted our question to him even though he can't hear it. I would say that you have asked it in a very modest way. If it were any of the Indian fans, he would be deaf by now.
I am really shocked by how the media there is portraying it. This clearly shows the partiality(or do they fell they are superior in some ways?). If it weren't for you, our voice would have almost gone unheard. I thank you for that.

Regards,
Saravanan.M

Sunil said...

Well done Raj, expected from you. But how come no one is talking about Rashid Latif incident when he was banned for, i think seven ODIs, for claiming a catch that was half volley against Bangladesh. The decision was taken by the referee after tv replays, will proctor take a similar decision against Clarke? No so what it is about...Aussies can do it and others can't...

MetalBoru said...

Sadly the days of gentlemanly cricket are long gone (If they ever truly existed. W.G himself was known to engage in the odd bit of "sportsmanship"). No side in world cricket is 100% honest (or anything like it) - so there isn't much higher ground available to those who would level accusations of unfairness. In fact the behaviour of the players is no more than logical. The mathematics of game theory will tell you that the rational strategy if your opponent is not 100% honest is not to be honest yourself.

I know how Indian players and supporters will feel about the influence of the bad decisions - I got irritated with the umpires in the crucial Trent Bridge test of the 2005 Ashes series. But there was no question of intent then or now. People make mistakes - and before the technology is held up as the answer I remember a hawk-eye replay from the Lords test of the 2005 Ashes that showed a ball from Warne would have missed the off-stump. The delivery actually hit the stump. People should take into account that the technology is produced by humans as well.

Personally the bad luck India have had throughout the tour and Ponting's rather graceless celebrations after the final wicket have taken the tarnish off the 16th consecutive victory - but really it is only cricket. If people can't find anything more important to get upset about then they are truly blessed.

Ashish said...

Thanx to you atleast somebody RAISED the issue of Sportsmanship! As Australia calls itself a Sporting or is it "Winning at Sports at all COSTS" Country! Thanx to the Umpires and the Australian team this Match will never be remembered for the Great Artistary of Laxman,Nor the Measured knock of Tendulakar but for ALL THE WRONG REASONS because as KUMBLE put is only 1 team was Playing the game (And NOT even the Umpires were)

Nikunj said...

Great work man.........
U should hav asked him some more questions about his faults and about the meaning of sportsmanship from his point of view.

INDIA was defeated with 13 players and still Australians are not ashamed of themselves.India should come back without playing any more matches if ICC do not take some actions against PONTING and other players.

BHAJJI should not be banned on the words of hayden and clarke if it is so then INDIANS should also get into it with HOGG or LEE and should tell that they hav been abused by aussies..I think POnting (so called captain of aus.)is afraid of BHAJJI....

I think every INDIAN CRICKET FAN is ANNOYED with the SYDNEY TEST ......

Nikunj said...

Great work man.........
U should hav asked him some more questions about his faults and about the meaning of sportsmanship from his point of view.

INDIA was defeated with 13 players and still Australians are not ashamed of themselves.India should come back without playing any more matches if ICC do not take some actions against PONTING and other players.

BHAJJI should not be banned on the words of hayden and clarke if it is so then INDIANS should also get into it with HOGG or LEE and should tell that they hav been abused by aussies..I think POnting (so called captain of aus.)is afraid of BHAJJI....

I think every INDIAN CRICKET FAN is ANNOYED with the SYDNEY TEST ......

Siddhu said...

http://siddhgyan.blogspot.com/2008/01/harbhajan-guilty-of-racial-abuse.html

Discussed this issue in detail on my blog..

Suresh said...

The most unfortunate thing is McGrath commenting on this issue, He commented Jayasuriya as "BLACK MONKEY". In Cricket history, Lehmann was the first person to be punished in racical abuse. By the way, what evidence did Mike Proctor released so far?

Balagopal said...

Thumbs up for you man ...

U should have asked him winning this way he can only be remembered in record books and not in the hearts of people.

U r true Indian ...

I bow before u ...

RBS said...

POST THE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW!!!
Please do. Then you will see what was really said. A bumbling Indian journo getting swatted down like a mosquito. But if that's what makes you proud ....

Akshay said...

Great questions for Punter, and asked with a dignity that Ponting himself couldn't muster in answering. Keep up the good work.

Sathish said...

Ponting has been showing two characters through out his career & this match has been no exception. He deined that he picked up a catch in the first innings and rather appealed for a catch which he never took in the second innings.The TV replays showed that he grounded the catch.Yes .. his integrity towards the game is questionable.He may be able to play cricket but still lacks the ability to lead by example. Most interestingly he has already sowed the seeds of ugly sportsmanship in Clarke who is suppossed to suceed him.

And on Harbhajan's ban ,Ponting has used this issue to get Bhajji out for the rest of the tournament , for the former knows that the latter is a threat to him and Clarke's batting averages. Well at the back of their minds,they know pretty well that they can defeat India only this way.Symonds is just a scape goat in this issue and i don't know if Symonds realizes this. If at all Bhajji is banned even after he re-appeal's , then i think plenty of Aussie players would be getting "LIFE BANS" if they said some of the things they used to ,in third test at Perth.During the 1995 series against Sri Lanka , Mcgrath called Sanath Jaysuriya ,a "Black Monkey" .. what was ICC doing then ? How can Symonds , Gilchrist and Ponting acclaim that Australia doesn't involve in Racism ..? Let them better turn back their cricketing history.

After all , every one in the world ,those who understand cricket ,know that its Australians who are the saviours of Sledging.What if ,India would be complained first that a Australian had abused ? Would he, Mick Procter and ICC ban an Australian then ? Lets see how Hogg's case in handled now !

Winning with 14 members which includes the third umpire , in the side ,is not a great deed , even countries not featuring in ICC would win then .. Let Ponting see the entire match held at SCG again & then see way in which he celebrated the victory .. i am sure he can't see his face in the mirror in his life time. The australian cricket team has again proved that they are bunch a cheats.

Australians can not see them go down against any other team and this has resulte

John said...

I was listening to an elderly gentleman on radio in NZ who was surprised why being called a monkey would be racist ..he goes on to say he has an unshaven face and dreadlocks...what better way to describe him...after all it is meant to be a Gentleman's game....funny that when the sledges are dished out to Australians they can't seem to handle it...getting to the point of Indian crowds chanting racial slurs...what of the Aussie crowds racial slurs thats been going on for years on end??
I do agree that burning effigies and chants against Bucknor are uncalled for and just gives Indians a bad tag. The power has now shifted into the hands of the BCCI and the superpowers generally do have a sway over how things are conducted(a good example is the US)!!!In saying that abuse of power is unwarranted but is useful to make a statement on the Cricket scene. Finally, I must say very poor cricketing decisions by the Selectors/Captain for taking an able opener like Sehwag and not giving him a chance in the opening games which were very crucial..stats have proven themselves throughout the game be it for Sachin or Clarke or Ponting..I am all for a scientific approach to the game as all pro sports in the US generally are these days making every game even more exciting with little or no difference between the teams...

Sam said...

Will you listen to all the complaining about 'bad-sportsmanship' from all these India supporters!! This from the country whose fans racially abuse cricketers from other countries (Symonds being called 'Monkey'), who burn effigies of sportsmen from opposing teams, and whose own team contains racists (Harbajhan) and juvenile trouble-makers (Sreesanth)... Can none of you see the irony and hypocrisy here? Get a life!!!

Jack Sparrow said...

Thats great work man.....
All Indians are proud of u...
I think u should have exposed Ponting little more....

stuart said...

To all India cricket tragics I don't think I could ever understand the hurt you are feeling now. To G Rajaraman. Ricky had every right to be pissed off by such a suggestive question. You showed a complete lack of respect, formality and presented your biased and unbalanced opinion. As a reporter, shouldn't you report a balanced view and not a personal hurt vent of diatribe?

DP4X said...

Poor little India

You say Australia has poor sportsmanship, yet you deliberately cheat by bringing out 2 right handed gloves to waste time - you weren't fooling anyone, if anyone cheats it is India.

Shame on you.

Do we complain and cry like little babies in the TV media when you waste time?

No we don't.

Now, what if 80% of bad decisions went with India and you won the match? Would you care about the umpires then, would you threaten to cancel the tour then? You only care because you lost the game, if you won the game, you wouldn't hate the umpires. Which makes you sore losers, not admirers of honesty in sports.

Read it again: You are sore losers.

The reason the umpires ignore you is that your team appeals too often.

I agree the umpiring was absolutely terrible. More importantly, India's reaction to poor umpiring was even more terrible.

If Australia were in the same position do you think we would be weak enough to want to cancel the tour?

No, we would get on with the next game and win it.

That is why we are number 1 and you are number 2.

We get out there and get the job done, whereas you complain to the authorities like school children.

Time to grow up India and get a bit of mental strength.

Dan.

san said...

I wish you dominated him in that conversation little more, by ending the conversation by saying something like this: "Please watch the videos of catch of dhoni caught by you at silly point and also clarks catch. And I seriously request you to do so before you appear in front of media next time".

But I don't know whether it is OK to talk like that...

Shankar Anand said...

Congrats Mr.Rajaraman.

Please have a look at this link: http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2008/jan/07prem.htm

The picture in it speaks a 1000 words for itself.

Please post this picture so that it gets popular. Please send this picture across to all your media contacts. Still better, publish it in Outlook :-)

aussie said...

And we thought the poms were whingers, go buy a box of tissues and get over it.I bet the whambulances are run off there feet at the moment.

newbie said...

I am feeling guilty and i even regret saying that i once been a fan of this Australian Cricket Team

Close to the Coast said...

Guys - there is a new ad for Foster Beer:

How to speak Australian -
Cheat : Show Michael Clarke
Pirate : Show Ricky Ponting
A Honest person : None to show in Australia.

Have a great day.

Danog said...

A self serving account designed to ingratiate yourself with the chattering masses who honestly have no idea what has been going on. The great tide of outrage that seems to sweep over india at the faintest drop of a hat will be the single longest lasting image to live on beyond the mere facts of this event. Not because of the significance of anything that has happened in the last few days, but because a brand new set of effigies will be burning in a months time, maybe two, in the heat of the next great outrage. Maybe it will be Kumble or Sachin or VVS aflame this time, caught up in the fickle passions of a sporting nation that doesnt quite understand the concepts of sport, sporting, or nation.
India, you are beautiful and you are loved more than you know, but your shame is pasted across the world in your own ill-chosen words. Rabid accusation, threats of violence and the ever present flame will cast a long shadow over your beauty and your great works. And, for all of that, we all lose.
No, I do not expect this to pass moderation. I have read the competition and I dont quite think I strike the right "tone".

Matt said...

I think perhaps the significance of certain events in this game have been taken greatly out of proportion. There were bad umpiring decisions and there have been interesting calls on catches. I refuse to believe however that Australia cheated or that they had any intention of doing so. They may have made misjudgements, as did the umpires, but as an Australian, I know the code we are brought up with - play hard, play fair. If Michael Clarke beleived he took that catch, and the captains agreed to an honesty system, then Kumble has no right to question it. With Ponting the same, he did what he thought was correct at the time. Indulging in conspiracy theories and threats does not change the scoreboard.

Harbhajan made a misjudgement when he called Symonds a monkey. Unfortunately this remark can be interpreted as racist (and resulted in arrests in India) so he was punished accordingly. Racism cannot be tolerated, no matter the intent.

For the rest though, remember this is just a game. The world won't come to an end because India lost a test. I think Indian supporters would do better to take the result in stride and look to the next test, than spend so much time criticizing the Australian team. There is a lot of Cricket yet to be played in this series - I, and every Aussie, want to see India fight back and show us how good they are.

stuart said...

hey Rasheedh, remember Mohammad Azharuddin? When you speak of cheats he eclipses all and who did he play for?

D said...

Ponting did take the catch cleanly from Dhoni. If you can't see that you have big problems and need to critically evaluate how bias you are. What is worse it's another example of the umpires getting it wrong in India's favour. The umpiring was dreadful for everyone and India certainly got the worst of it. But it has always been a part of cricket, and it is the spirit of cricket to accept the umpires decision no matter what. What is not in the spirit of cricket is racism.

Indigo said...

http://www.prempanicker.com/index.php?/site/comments/ponting_pictures_1000_words/

Babu said...

I seriously doubt this was a hidden agenda of punter, to get rid of bhajji, as you could see that was the 8th time he fell in front of bhajji. This so called racial thing could have been easily sorted out in the field.

jevus said...

I think most of you really are too caught up in your sour grapes to see what a great match this really was. but all this hoo-har has sadly made cricket the loser and bitterness the winner.

players appealing for wickets they werent sure about in the intensity of a well fought final days play? now now then, i don't really have to dig too far back to remember sreesanth being fined for excessive appealing and various other unsporting antics in a match and moment of far less significance. or even back to 2001 when 6 indian players were banned for excessive appealing and tendulkar got a fine for ball tampering..

yes its an ugly business this 'win at all costs' attitude.. but personally I find all this nonsense of calling the australian cricket team 'cheats' is a bit rich. granted theres hypocracy but thats the pitfall of politics when these guys just need to play cricket. I have absolutely no doubt if the situations were reversed india or any team would have played the same way.

this is all a question of bias attitude.

*umpires made a few bad decisions.. you want to lynch them and ban them from the tour?

*ricky claimed a catch he thought was out.. you call the team cheats?

*bhajji calls an opposition player a monkey. he's praised

I know what bad sportsmanship is..not losing gracefully..

I watched the last ball of the ashes england won where kaspa was given out from a bad umpiring decision..and so england (just) won. I remember ricky paying tribute to how well england played and what a good match it was. sure there were murmurs in the months to follow about things not going there way. but good cricket is good cricket.. pay respect. india were outplayed at the scg. not by much. they played well, they fought hard through all the bad umpiring, the ultra-competetive opposition, they looked for all money they would draw that..enjoy it.. that was a phenomenal test match. I hope the next one is as good.

Andy G said...

I fail to see how you can question someones integrity on the basis of the "Dhoni catch". No where in the laws of cricket is there a mention of "grounding" the ball, sounds like Baseball lingo to me.

Law 32 (3C) states that a catch is made when - the ball does not touch the ground, even though the hand holding it does so in effecting the catch.
However, this could be in contradiction to a preceeding point of law stating that - The act of making the catch shall start from the time when a fielder first handles the ball and shall end when a fielder obtains complete control both over the ball and over his own movement.

At the very least Ponting's "no-catch" off Dhoni was a grey area, and not justifiable grounds to persecute Ponting.

Also within the captains agreement batsmen were suppose to take the word of the fielder in certain catching situations. Clarke caught that ball any day of the week - television replays were less than conclusive due to the raised centre wickets obstructing a clear view.

I have witnessed dozens of occasions where Ponting has withdrawn an appeal due to doubts over whether the ball has been caught, (during his captaincy alone). He had a right to appeal the Dhoni "no catch", because it was reasonable for him to believe it was a fair catch.

I wish that Dravid was not dismissed the way he was - and that was tragic as it sparked a mini collapse. It was a tense final day - but you were out of line questioning Ponting's integrity.

PC said...

good man
yu assked a quesstion which many indiuans wanted to ask....

Bhavna said...

hi, brillantly written . proud of you Raj and truly speaking Australians have been loosers and not Indian.

Nabeel said...

Come on Raj! Just because you are Indian does not mean you are biased on your views! Respect professional cricketers and see whose backside is blacker than the other!

sandeep said...

Well done sir! Both for clearing up what actually was the context of Pontings' words and for letting him know what India, and indeed the world, thinks of his dual standards! My post here http://myobiter.blogspot.com/2008/01/of-monkeys-and-men.html is a little more bellicose but talks about the same set of issues.

The Not So Talkative Man said...

Awesome job.

Please do read my Open Letter to Ricky Ponting.

Cheers

Bibin said...

Great work Mate,

This incident proves one thing when the going gets tough, even australia shows their true colours. How can Bhajji be banned on the words of Michael clarke who was the biggest cheat in the side, look at the way he stood there when he edged the catch to Dravid.

Ankush said...

Great work man!!

When he asked you if you were questioning his integrity, I guess somebody needed to tell him , "The whole world is!"

Mat said...

I have been reading quite a few of these blogs lately, particularly since the 1-day series in India. At that time, a lot of the Indian bloggers were saying that the Australians were disrespecting the local culture by their behaviour and that people like Symonds deserved to be subjected to racial abuse by the crowd....and besides, it wasn't really considered racism in India.

Now I see the Indian team disrespecting the Australian people by ignoring the fact that racism is considered a serious matter and not acceptable under any circumstances. And so many of you bloggers seem to think that this is not only OK, but something to be applauded. Questioning a man's integrity is also considered a serious insult, but once again, it's suddenly OK because you feel you were robbed by the umpires.

The fact that Darren Lehmann was banned for 5 matches after his stupid racist remarks doesn't entitle Singh to direct racist remarks to any Australian he chooses. Herschelle Gibbs copped a 3 match ban & Singh should be a man and face the music. If Hogg is found guilty of the charges against him then he too should pay the price.

The most disappointing part of this whole fiasco is that the Indian team, management & traveling press are blaming the Australian players for the umpires mistakes. We could go round in circles citing examples where every single player in international cricket today has appealed for a catch that hasn't hit the bat or stood his ground waiting for the umpire to decide if he nicked it. India didn't deserve to lose that match, but that's cricket for you. I find this childish complaining and refusal to continue the tour reflects poorly on the Indian team & management. And those of you who prefer to focus on a contentious catch which had no bearing on the result of a lousy game of cricket, rather than a personal racist comment should take a long hard look at yourselves.

/-\S|-||S|-| said...

Hi Raja,

I read about the press conference incident in the newspaper and I felt really proud of the person who did it.

Thanks for doing it for all of us Indians. I would have done the same.

Thanks again!

Sanjay said...

All this furore has done is sweep under the carpet the fact that there are passengers within the indian team. Jaffer and Yuvraj are spineless, Sharma is too inexperienced at this level and Dravid is no longer a matchwinner. Too much is left to too few and while this is the case they will never sustain enough pressure to consistently wear down any team let alone Australia. I hope India can regroup and show that they have some resolve...This test has been a farce but India need to realise that they are still a long way off the top of world cricket and that hard work and the ability to move past controversy will speed their rise and improvement.

Ashok Kumar said...

Rajaram'''We Love your stand taken...All Hyderabadis (as you are) and ALL Indians!!.....In all this it was only fair that Symonds got Man of the Match, they couldn't give it his partner Bucknor!!! One good thought:Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud.
Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Peter Vasey said...

My biggest problem with the game was the officials. They lost control of a game being played hard by both sides. When this happened BOTH sides took advantage of the situation.

While the Australians pressured the umpires the Indian batsmen played out their own form of gamesmanship. As a spectator at the ground I watched the game turn into a farce all around. And the officials seemed disinterested in fixing things.

Given the poor umpiring the fairest result in the match would have been a draw given that no team deserves to lose such an important match as a result of poor decisions.

With regards to racism: the problem of racism appeared in October in the Australian tour of India and all players on both sides were aware of the type of language that would not be tolerated (given that the members of the crowd guilty of the monkey chants were thrown out of the ground). If ANY player on either side is foolish enough to use such language then he is making himself an obvious target for punishment.

Leash14 said...

You are nothing but a sore loser. How dare you question Ponting's integrity. He and the rest of the Australian team did nothing to deserve this kind of degradation. They performed amazingly and you cannot take that away from them. You should be venting your frustration at the umpires and not the Australians, who did nothing wrong.

Sunny said...

Hats off too you...
i had a great amount of respect for the Aussies but it vanished. I heard the press conference involving you & ponting & i just want to say that you did a fantastic job. We Indians will love to hear more of such face up between you & the Aussies.
Keep it up.

Darkscream said...

Goodness Gracious Me !!!
How quickly we do forget the games where WE get the favourable decision such as the test against England and I quote from the game notes "Dhoni's showing in this Test summed up India's performance. He was out in an embarrassing fashion in the first innings - unable to handle two short deliveries directed at his body and gliding the second tamely to third slip - but battled it out today. Luck was on his side: there was a meaty edge that Paul Collingwood at first slip didn't latch on to, a thin one that Simon Taufel didn't detect, and a dead-certain lbw appeal that Steve Bucknor turned down. Importantly, Dhoni didn't give it away." . You will notice the name of oner of the umpires and the total lack of walking from Dhoni.

This constant bleating and whining from Indian fans is getting really old. Just face it - you are nowhere near as good as you think you are. You have been slaughtered in this series so far and will probably lose 4-0. Grow up and accept the fact that you are simply not good enough and lets have enough of this hollier than thou attitude. You cheat just as much as anyone else.

2lrbl said...

2003 - Rashid Latif grasses a catch and still claims it, against Bangladesh. Mike Proctor Bans him for 5 ODIs, for being a captain and still claiming a catch.

2008 - Ponting does the same thing. Mike Proctor I guess looked at his white skin.

Andrew said...

Wow. Well, I've managed to read through every comment .. no mean feat, and what have I learned ?

I've learned that the Indian supporters (very few exceptions) are incapable of looking at issues from the other side ... as a nation you have shamed themselves with your reactions and double standards.

Overappealing to intimidate umpires ? You must be kidding me ? Subcontinent teams invented this - then Australia learn how to do it just as effectively and all of a sudden you're up in arms ? It would be akin to Australia complaining of other teams sledging them (as disinct from the clearly taboo racial slurs), yet they don't.

Bad sportsmanship ? Again you must be kidding ... even on the 5th day - the day Kumble accused Australia of not playing within the spirit - Kumble deliberately wasted time with the ball (the absurd last-ball-of-the-over gear up a short-leg fieldsman that didn't go unnoticed) and the even more ridiculous sending out of Sharma with two right gloves to deny Australia potentially another over. Karma indeed. Ohhh, and how about Kumbl sneaking a 3rdman behind square behind the umpire's back repeatedly ? Yup, forgot that one too the lot of you did in your all too eager Aussie-bashing.

Ponting's and Clarke's catches ? Ponting was definitely in control as he brought it to ground. That's a legitimate catch and Dhoni should have been out. Nor was Clarke's grounded, no-one was shown that it was. If India took those catches, I would accept them.

Biased umpires ? Anyone suggesting intentional bias is playing with themselves. Australia (and Australian supporters) certiainly know about getting dodgy decisions overseas. Witness pretty much every tour to the sub continent, or for a tour that really mattered to us, the fact that they were probably done over by the umpires in the 2005 Ashes series. Lee's non-dismissal with only 2 runs to get, everyone of Martyn's LBW's etc. etc. Ponting NEVER made excuses for the umpires even though it cost them their most prozed possession. Kumble and a billion of you out there should learn from that.

The umpiring was bad, but was it so anti-Indian ? Firstly Kumble's hat trick ball looked clearly to be going over the stumps yet a number of journalists have used this as evidence of Indian grievance. Two of note though were first innings LBW's to both Laxman and Tendulkar. Both plum, neither given, both conveniently forgotten. These cancel out the poor decisions of Symonds (1st innings) and Hussey (2nd innings) ... And Dhoni's dismissal (yes the one that Ponting caught) can cancel out Dravid's shocker. Sure there's a few more that went Australia's way, but please retain some balance in your reporting.


Racism ? Harbajan knew EXACTLY what we he was saying and the intent - why do you think he was so immediately contrite afterwards ? Ponting does the pre-agreed thing to report it and 1 billion Indians claim HE is at fault ? Shame on th lot of you.

Really only two issues rankled me with Australia's behavior: (i) Ponting smashing his bat in frustration after getting out (the 2nd time) in the first innings - he should have realised at this point at worst it was an evener-upper. And (ii) post-match no-one immediately going over to Kumnble to shake his hand.

Their childish celebrations probably cancel our Harbajan's absurd reaction to getting Ponting out in the 2nd dig.

The holier-than-thou attitudes of Indian players and supporters are a joke. The threats of violence are more than that - indicative of a country no sane man would want o visit. The call to withdraw from the tour is petulant: it's the ultimate "take my bat and ball and go home" statement. i.e. if things don't go my way, I'm not going to play. I used to tell my 5 year old off for doing that, but thankfully he's more mature now.

The only difference I can see is that Australia won, and since they have been doing for some time now, they are an obvious target. Tall poppie syndrome alive and well in world cricket.

Back over to the rest of you to conveniently overlook facts, perpetuate stereotypes, burn effigies, threaten violence, propose absurd conspiracy theories, link the bad umpiring to Australian behavior etc. etc.

Ajay said...

RT: Can I just make a point here - I agree that India were desperately unlucky to have so many bad (very bad) umpiring decisions go against them in this Test match. They should not have lost the game.

AS: Ross, i appreciate the fact that you at least agree to the fact the decisions were bad infact VERY BAD. And i too believe that the Indian Team wouldn't have lost the game, if the decisions were correctly adjudged by the upmires.
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RT: But the reaction that is coming out of India now is not sportsman like either - I read a quote that "Steve Bucknor would not be alive if he walked the streets of Mumbai". That is the behaviour of bad losers, and it creates a situation where you are all becoming as hypocritical as the next person.

AS: When you talk of reactions that are coming out of India, please do consider the fact that there will be certain extreme reactions to such farcical error by the umpires. BUT i feel the only IMPORTANT reaction that should matter here is the one of Anil Kumble and BCCI. And i must say that Anil has been examplary in the way he has conducted himself despite getting the rough end of the stick and not by how Ricky Ponting reacted to the question about Dhoni's catch.
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RT: On the note of Clarke's catch, Clarke believed he had caught the ball, indicated so to Ponting, who, according to the agreement of the series, indicated that it was out. There is nothing unfair about this - had India been in the same situation, they would have expected decency from opposition.

AS: I completely agree to this. If India were in a similar situation the events would have been pretty similar. No team in the world can claim to be 100% honest in these situations.
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RT: As for POnting's catch, I'm not sure what to make of it. Some of you may have been watching the South AFrica-West Indies game, and EXACTLY THE SAME THING HAPPENED, when Paul Harris took a catch and grounded the ball. Yet remarkably, this has been ignored, and Harris has not been accused of cheating. That's because SA would have won the game easily, and because they are not Australia, who unfortunately, by virtue of the fact that they are the best team, are exposed to the most scrutiny.

So what we have here is a situation where either:
a) the fielder doesn't know the ball has hit the ground, or
b) both Harris and Ponting are cheating.

yet it is funny to me that no one mentions Harris. No one has mentioned the South AFricans, who scream abuse at all batsmen and bowlers, even when they are winning.

AS: You do have a point here, but i will question the whole point of a comparison here. If comparison are fair like this then how about a Rashid Latif being banned in ODIs for claiming a catch on half volley, while Adam Gilchrist doesn't even get reprimanded by Match Refree for claiming a catch where the ball clearly came off the pad. It made even Rahul Dravid nod in absolute dis-belief, he is one player who wudnt express himself that way normally. Gilchrist says in the press that "I will say I don't appeal if I don't think they are out. If I am not sure, I will ask the umpire and I'll accept his decision." This means that you appeal when you think it's out but you are not sure and hence appeal to the umpire. So, then how come Ponting says, "I'm saying I'm 100% sure I would have caught that catch off Dhoni" in the press conference.

Is he saying he really took it cleanly and is 100% sure or,

Is he saying he "thinks" he took it cleanly but can you, Mr. Umpire corroborate it and give the decision please.
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RT: yet we gleefully attack Australia and call them insincere and dishonest.


This is a classic case of "tall poppy syndrome". And yes, I agree, India were robbed in this match, but it wasn't by Ponting or Clarke, and the reaction being shown by the papers and journalist is very immature indeed - why not be the "better man" and show the "dirty Australians" the way forward by being noble and honourable in defeat, instead of the crying that is happening.

AS: Any champion team (and i agree Australian are) would be scrutinized more than any other weeker team. Is it unfair? No i dont think so. Isnt it the fact that when a new player how shows tremendous talent and potential to score a century and then goes ahead to score one gets more scrutiny? Isn't his technique, attitude, behaviour all scrutinised much more than any other player.

As far as trying to be noble in defeat i feel the way Anil Kumble and the entire team came out to shook hands with the Australian team at the end was noble enough. As for Journalists and Media do you know that their was a column in the Australian media about how the Indian team is dominated by Brahmins (a caste in India). How much fair is that, trying to take refuge in casteism to attack the Indian team. If Australians are the ones who are said to play their game hard and fair, what about their Media?

RT: Ross Tucker
AS: Ajay Singh

D said...

Kumble formed an agreement with Ponting that the fielding captain would determine if a catch had been completed, based on the assurance of their players. Kumble was willing to accept the honesty of Ponting’s assurance, until such assurance was required to be given. I don’t understand how Kumble can turn around and complain when both teams had agreed to accept each other’s word. Either the players should trust each other in such situations, or they should say nothing and leave it exclusively to the umpires to decide

silversnooze said...

Against Ponting:
Lesser charge ->
Greater charge -> to reach the world record # of wins he paid 100,000 dollars per wrong decision. The umpires made 800,000 in this test.

Against Symonds:
Lesser charge -> Poor guy needs his head examined as he keeps hearing the primate word everywhere and everytime.
Greater charge -> He must be on LSD. Must be hallucinating as he keeps hearing the primate word everywhere and everytime.

Balaji said...

Hi Rajaraman,
You have made all the Indians proud. As all our fellow commentors [in this blog said], you should have asked some other harsh questions to Ricky as well.

I still have a doubt... Why was Yuvaraj fined for showing dissent and why was not Ricky fined for showing dissent as well mouthing some words to the umpire...?

Because of this simple reason... ICC needs Australia to be on the top of all forms of cricket... but they need all the money from INDIA to make it happen...!!!

Regards,
Balaji

Krish Blog said...

Cancel the tour. Don't appeal / plead with ICC to revoke ban instead Demand that is our right. Our demands for continuing this tour should be

1. Ruling the Sydney Cricket Test null & void
2. Sacking the 3 umpires for biased umpiring
3. Sack the match referee for high handedness, racial discrimination & bias
4. Ban Symonds, Hayden & Clarke for filing a wrong case
5. Ban Ricky Ponting for violating fair play according to ICC Code of conduct

Cancellation will cost BCCI only 2 Million US$ [Rs. 8 Crores], that is not much for national honour & pride. Once the team is back, 1 T-20 Match will make up for 10 times the losses.

I reiterate do not appeal and plead, Demand it is our right!!!!

It is time to teach ICC, Australians and the supporting nations a strong lessons. Anyway, why play with cheats, racial discriminators. Cancellation of tour will bring ICC and Cricket Australia on their knees. Without Indian money & sponsors, ICC cannot even dream about running a 2-man office leave alone running a global cricket organisation.

Krish Blog said...

Cancel the tour. Don't appeal / plead with ICC to revoke ban instead Demand that is our right. Our demands for continuing this tour should be

1. Ruling the Sydney Cricket Test null & void
2. Sacking the 3 umpires for biased umpiring
3. Sack the match referee for high handedness, racial discrimination & bias
4. Ban Symonds, Hayden & Clarke for filing a wrong case
5. Ban Ricky Ponting for violating fair play according to ICC Code of conduct

Cancellation will cost BCCI only 2 Million US$ [Rs. 8 Crores], that is not much for national honour & pride. Once the team is back, 1 T-20 Match will make up for 10 times the losses.

I reiterate do not appeal and plead, Demand it is our right!!!!

It is time to teach ICC, Australians and the supporting nations a strong lessons. Anyway, why play with cheats, racial discriminators. Cancellation of tour will bring ICC and Cricket Australia on their knees. Without Indian money & sponsors, ICC cannot even dream about running a 2-man office leave alone running a global cricket organisation.

smale said...

The facts of the Harbhajan Singh - Andrew Symonds alleged racial incident during the second test match between Australia and India (Jan 2 - 6, 2008) are as follows:

1) There is a strong possibility that Ponting and Symonds have gotten away scot free after having illegitimately and fraudulently influenced the outcome of a test match, in a PRE-MEDITATED manner, through EXTRANEOUS events. If this possibility is indeed a fact, then their actions amount to match-fixing which is illegal under ICC rules. Symonds walked upto Singh when the latter was batting in India's first innings and started a conversation with him. Several players walked by, but no one really knows what exactly they said to each other. Later, Ponting, the Australian captain, complained to the umpires alleging that Singh had called Symonds a monkey and claimed that to be a racial taunt. The umpires forwarded the complaint to the match referee who set a hearing on this issue to be held AFTER the match. Let us consider the circumstances: Symonds is well-established in the Australian side as a one-day player, but his place in the test playing side is far from assured, given his batting/bowling averages. To ingratiate himself to his captain so that his place would be assured, he could have devised this ploy to influence the outcome of the match. We must note particularly that, at this point, the match was poised in a very critical situation, given that the famed Indian line-up was just beginning to click (with Laxman's elegant century, followed by Tendulkar's). At this point of time, it was far from obvious that the Australians would go onto win the match, but it was much more crucial for them to win the match than it was for India, because Australia had just won 15 tests in a row, and were going after Steve Waugh's record of 16 consecutive wins. If Australia had not won this test, they would have had to wait at least another 15 tests to be in the same situation, numerically speaking. Thus the stakes were disporportionately high for Australia to have to win this match. It appears that Andrew Symonds saw this situation as a perfect opportunity for causing events that would win the gratitude of his team, which would thus provide him with an assured place in the test playing side. Moreover, there is also the fact that his very luck-filled 162 in the first innings, would have counted for nothing if Australia did not win the match. In contrast, please note that now that Australia have indeed won the match, his contributions in this match would be acknowledged as crucial for having kept their chances of a 16-consecutive-test win alive. Knowing fully well that he had gotten complete official patronage when the issue of racism flared up when he played recently in India, he figured that if he provoked Harbhajan Singh, who is prone to shooting off his mouth and getting involved in controversies, then, sooner or later, Singh would call him a monkey, which can be used with a self-exaggerated grievance to adversely affect the Indian team's focus on the game and wangle a win out of them. As it happened, Singh fell into this trap, and Symonds made a complaint to Ponting. The role of Ponting in this affair goes far beyond merely forwarding the complaint to the umpires, as will be explained in a later comment below. The match referee, who needed to have held the hearing at the end of the day, given the facts that (i) this issue could adversely affect the morale of the visiting team and hence their performance in the ongoing test match, and (ii) bring disrepute to the game, instead chose to postpone the hearing to the end of the match. The match referee's actions amount to professional incompetence, though it is far from clear that there were not other motives involved too (racial prejudice, for example). As for Andrew Symonds, his complaint is far from a DISINTERESTED plea for justice from an aggrieved racial victim. He has a specific illegitimate interest in this complaint, in that it helps him to contribute to his team's win in this crucial match, through extraneous events which were set off by his misuse of the bylaws of ICC that have been provided only for prevention of LEGITIMATE cases of racial abuse. Thus his motive is questionable, and he definitely needs to explain why his actions do not amount to match fixing.

Note to Moderator: I have carefully read your guidelines for posting and have followed them to the best of my knowledge. In particular, I have avoided any direct accusations of match-fixing, bias or racism on any of the people involved -- Ponting, Symonds, the Umpires, the Match Referee. I have only indicated that match-fixing is a strong possibility. So, please avoid self-righteous editing-out of my comment. This is a matter of national importance to Indians.

Note to other readers: Please bring my previous comment to the attention of the Indian team. They seem to be clueless about how to handle the situation. Anil Kumble, the captain, is a very respectable person. But, it appears that he has unwittingly played into the hands of the Australian team, the Australian media and the umpires/match referee. Kumble has said that 'only one team was playing with the spirit of the game, that's all I can say'. This position, though very romantic, only deals in generalities and leaves the Australians scot free, whereas the dangerous situation that the Indians are in, demands a response based on point-by-point specifics. In particular, this holier-than-thou approach of the Indian team would not prevent the three match ban on Harbhajan Singh. Also, it is useless for Singh to deny having called Symonds a monkey. Apparently, being an honest sardar, he didn't feel like denying the truth in the match referee's hearing, and copped a three match ban. The proper response is for him to have refused to testify whether he called Symonds a monkey or not. He needed to have stated the fact that the match referee and the umpires had been guilty of professional incompetence, at the very least, through out the match, and hence he could not be assured of a fair, disinterested and unprejudiced hearing. Instead, he made several changes to his version of the story. It appears that this is exactly the type of slip-ups the Australians and the match referee are looking for to establish, fradulently, that Singh is guilty of racial abuse. If so, surely, after extracting Singh's confession, they would not be interested in hearing the Indian team's protestations of innocence. The Manager, Chetan Chauhan, was supposed to have said that, during the hearing, the match referee did not listen to any of the arguments made by the Indian side. The Indian team needs to realize that emotional pleas would not get them anywhere. They need to deal with the situation in a clever manner. I would be writing more comments of this incident over the course of the next few days. Please send them to the Indian team. If worst comes to worst, they should at least have the morale to fight hard during the remaining two tests.

2) To say that Andrew Symonds is a victim of racial abuse (in this affair) is to bring insult to all the black cricketers who played in an earlier era of cruel and blatant racism. Clive Lloyd's West Indies team held it as a matter of pride that their excellence in cricket was a strong demonstration against racism. The great spirit shown by those people of that bygone era has gone a long way towards the fact that today bylaws have been enacted in various sports to prevent racial abuse. It would be a great insult to the memory of such large hearted players to allow Andrew Symonds to misuse this ICC rule against racism for the purpose of ingratiating himself with his team.

AV said...

Hi Raj,
Good job on calling Ponting out and pissing him off. He knows he is wrong and hence he tried to smartly turn tables and question ur authority of being there.

I hear stories of some journos not being treated well by foreigners in press conferences and now u have given him a good moral slap on the face.

Carry on with the good job!

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