Sports ministry's tough stance on Sodhi issue laudable

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 06:21 hrs
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It was good to see the sports ministry did not bow down to the pressure applied for reconsideration of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award that Ronjan Sodhi was selected for by a committee of elite former champions. 

It would have been a mockery if their decision had been overturned, and if that had happened, then not many former sportspersons would have been keen to be on the committee again. 

It is natural for a sportsperson to feel aggrieved on missing out on selection in a team or for an award, but the only way out is to train harder and ensure that next time around when selections are made, they get the nod by sheer dint of performance. 

That is what happens in team sports where there are only so many places in it and so some talented players do miss out, but that is life and one just works harder and tries to get better and then be consistent and get the ok from the selectors. 

That is exactly what Ronjan Sodhi has done. 

He missed out earlier but he kept plugging on and is now the proud recipient of the prestigious prize. 

If the ministry had interfered then the award would have been devalued, so it is good to know that they respected the decision of the committee that the ministry itself had picked to select the winners.

With no international cricket being played over the last week, it was time to play some mind games and Darren Lehmann, the Australian coach, had a go at Stuart Broad about the incident where the Englishman did not walk after being caught at first slip in the second innings of the first Test. 

Broad was given not out by the umpire and went on to add valuable runs that was eventually the difference between winning and losing. 

Lehmann has been fined a paltry 20% of his fees when it should have been the whole lot. 

As a coach, he has a greater responsibility towards the game and it was disappointing to hear what he said. What was galling was his argument that while he does not advocate 'walking', Broad should have walked because he was caught at first slip. 

So in other words waiting for a decision is ok if it is a thin edge to the keeper but not so if it is to first slip. 

What about a thick edge on to the pads and then being taken at forward short leg? It is precisely because of these double standards that the game gets into controversies.

Since there was no international cricket, there is no Ceat international cricketer of the week, but England for its tremendous series win is the team of the month.

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