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Jesting and Jousting

A remark causes grief in Indian circles. The republic of India gathers its missIles. All aimed at one man. Hope the cricket action takes over...


So India struggles on in this one-day series. In the midst of the main action, one must take cognizance of some off-field, rather commentator’s box developments where the ESPN STAR channel seems to have overreacted. Indeed it might be a case of the whole Indian nation doing so.


Nasser Hussain was banned from commentating for “calling some Indian fielders donkeys,” as was reported. However we must look at the other view. Here was a pragmatic commentator merely referring to some questionable fielders as standing in the field. In other words, about fielders merely carrying a load and not being mobile or fast.



While it’s hard to qualify the referred pack animal as distinguished either through the popular representation of Shrek the ogre’s companion and that the distinguished Eddie Murphy lent his voice to it, it’s unlikely that the candid Nasser will defend his statement. Simply because it would seem like an act of defence where of course none is necessary.


After all, if you’re not guilty of saying anything really wrong, why would you defend and invite more criticism? This is a good time to evaluate if in our country, we’re really prone to taking literal meanings of words whereas at other times we love to hear English or American humour. Where is our sense of understanding the real meaning, no doubt it’s a language we’ve acquired (and learned) from the English people?


The future of good camaradiere between Indian commentators and their particularly good English ones seems bleak because by a strange quirk of fate, it was Nasser Hussain who entered into an argument with Ravi Shastri about DRS whereas he was only stating an opinion. Again, we have a looming case of Rahul Dravid’s caught-behind not being detected by the DRS, therefore furthering Ravi and the BCCI’s cause that the DRS is not a 100 percent technology. 


However, the percentage of correct dismissals has gone up to 98 percent with DRS (95 percent without DRS) therefore there is ample proof that the DRS should be good for the game. Undoubtedly, one bad DRS decision where one’s favourite batsman is involved and at a crucial time may put the technology out of favour especially when the unipolar cricket power like India is involved. The knives come out almost immediately after. The paper press too goes about home support with no real care about being a ‘guardian angel of democracy,’ meaning without looking at all angles.


At RCB we must broaden our vision and as the question “Are we really considering everything or just settling old scores?” Even if we need to, do we really pick on blameless individuals? What do we ourselves become after all this?


India’s a great country, with a proud cricketing heritage. Let’s not toe the line too far by using our clout. And let’s reserve judgement until we’re sure we’ve understood things in their correct context. Would like to know what view my dear RCBians hold. Hope to get back to the on-field action soon anyway!


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Think positive to get good result
shashi-kumar2 on 19 Sep 2011, 08:06 PM
think positive
mohamedfasiahmed on 18 Sep 2011, 11:08 PM
think and speak..
redrohit on 18 Sep 2011, 05:39 AM
Din't expect this frm england team
kiran0520 on 18 Sep 2011, 01:39 AM
Every commentator carries a huge responsibility, he should be sensitive and sensible to all issues of the game and should understand the pulse of the game,the team, the players and the fans.
Commentator cannot be biased and should understand the pulse of fans some who are passionate and some who are fanatics of the game, the players, the country or the team.
Even a remark or a comment passed in the lighter vein cannot be expected to go well with the game lovers or the fans, hence the Commentator should always be very cautious and restrain / desist from giving any provocative or insensible comments.
onesimusAP on 17 Sep 2011, 06:42 PM
Shashtri and Ravi calm down :O
Baljinder-Singh on 17 Sep 2011, 12:12 AM
think before speaking mr hussain..
redrohit on 16 Sep 2011, 05:14 AM
do not mistake Naseer, he is supporting us !!!!!!
RCBANGBANGBANG on 15 Sep 2011, 10:33 AM
Well thank God Nass is back in the box. Hey, once Dhoni was asked by the media whether being a celebrity was difficult. He said "Well, sometimes if you're in a red light area, you get mobbed."

Everybody was stunned about the skipper's character until analysts clarified he merely meant, that when he at a 'traffic signal,' in his car, the crowds tended to mob him! Typical north Indian speak. But, talk about misinterpretation!
Vikram_Afzulpurkar on 14 Sep 2011, 12:22 AM
He is going mad totally. He will get his answers back in India and make him mouth shut.
shriram-jagadeesan on 12 Sep 2011, 05:15 PM
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