Daily Archives: 8 January 2008

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