In my first year of international cricket, I was fortunate enough to play in three of the major Test playing nations in the game - West Indies, England and Australia. Having been brought up on the tales and written works by writers from those countries, I went there as a wide eyed youngster wanting to make a mark in the game and establish myself in the Indian team.
The cricket there was terrific and gave me tremendous exposure and a thorough testing on the field. What I also found out in that one year was how double standards were applied by the very writers whose earlier work had got me so excited about playing in those countries. The double standards were eye opening indeed.
When India played the game that was in its interests, it was criticised, but the same tactics used by the home countries were accepted as part of the game. The umpiring was absolutely awful and at times downright partial to the home team, but there was nary a word about it by the very people who called Indian umpires all kinds of names like ‘Mr. Death’, ‘finger of death’ and such like. When their umpires made a mistake it was human error, when Indian umpires did it then it was cheating.
From then on I decided that if ever I got the opportunity, I would keep exposing these double standards even if there was no support from anybody else. We now have another case of double standards, as those English players who urinated on the Oval pitch have got away with an apology while Monty Panesar was sacked by his county for doing the same on a group of people.
Panesar’s action is unacceptable, but if he was sacked then why not those English players who did it on the pitch? Sussex, the county that sacked Panesar had a case some years ago when a player tested positive for banned substance use. It is not certain if he was sacked or only
temporarily suspended but the double standards are clear.
It is a pity that we still give importance to the views and comments that appear in these countries about our cricket, but I guess the inferiority complex is still there somewhere.
Shane Watson finally came good and got a brilliant 176, and while that did not win the Test for Australia, it got his tongue a bit loose as he got
stuck into some English players when they came out to bat. If only he had let his bat do the talking earlier, it could have been a different story
for the Aussies. He is the Ceat international cricketer of the week for that century effort.
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