Should cricket reporters applaud their captain?

India’s cricket series against Australia plunged into turmoil on Sunday when it lost a closely fought second Test match in Sydney after a flurry of dodgy umpiring decisions robbed what little chance the visitors had of drawing the match.

Later, when Anil Kumble ended his post-match media conference with the words “Only one side played in the spirit of the game,” a statement reminiscent of Bill Woodfull after the Bodyline series, the assembled Indian cricket correspondents put their hands together for the captain, who they reported had conducted himself magnificently.

However, Greg Baum of the Sydney Morning Herald found the Indian reporters’ conduct, presumably of not covering the media conference as professionals but as partisan supporters of their country and cause, as wanting as that of the umpires, the referee and the players:

“Everyone was guilty, not forgetting media who forgot themselves at Indian captain Anil Kumble’s press conference and applauded him for sticking it to Australia. Kumble miscounted when he said only one team was playing in the spirit of the game. India’s sportsmanship at times was as lacking as Australia’s when using elaborate ruses to slow the over rate on the last day. India got the rough end of the stick here, but were as sore losers as Australia were graceless winners.”

Read the full column here: It’s time for both sides to shake hands, grow up and move on

3 Comments

  1. This has been an incident that has been waiting to happen for a long time.It is interesting that even the Australian media and commentators are convinced that this is a culmination of the way the Australian team plays the game.
    Let’s hope for the sake of cricket that this gets sorted as soon as possible

  2. rambhai

    AUSTRALIA WON THE 2ND TEST
    GAME OF CRICKET LOST
    THIS WAS THE CAPTION PUT BY A KANNADA DAILY PRAJAVANI AND NOTHING MORE CAN BE SAID. MATCH FIXING ERA IS OVER FIXING UMPIRE IS MUCH EASIER. SEE HOW AUSSIE CAPTAIN PONTING WAS DIRECTING UMPIRES IT IS SHAME FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INPARTICULAR AND GAME OF CRICKET IN GENERAL.

  3. Good bye Kumble one of the greatest crickeatar India has oroduced and one of the sport’s true gentlemen. We will miss you.

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