The Big (Mouth) Fight – Ponting vs. Gavaskar

Subhra just pointed me to this post quoting Mr. (We cant do anything wrong) Pointing

I am not a great supporter of Mr. Gavaskar.. but Ponting should know the (cricket) history (at least!) right, and should not link two extremely unrelated issues without establishing the six degrees of separation!

Gavaskar was pointing to Asutralian team’s behavior on the field, and not their success rate. And Ponting, epitomising the truly defensive attitude that the whole team has about their big cavities, starts blabbering. The only equivalent that he has for his big mouth is Andre Nel!

And if the big mouth has a correlation with being victorious and good, I don’t remember the whispering deaths of 1970s (West Indies team) ever having to swear at someone to prove their point. But the pansy li’l babies of current Oz team cant help whining everytime someone slams a boundary! And I am sure the 5 consecutive one-day losses are not helping their wet pants.

Back to the quoted incident, it was more about the number of bad umpiring decisions than anything else that prompted Gavs to walk off! But of course, li’l Ricky wont remember those things.

And hmmm… isnt it high n mighty of Mr. Ponting to remind Gavaskar of what’s right n wrong!

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2 Responses to The Big (Mouth) Fight – Ponting vs. Gavaskar

  1. Amit says:

    Very nice post Critic!

    I guess the bottomline remains – that no individual or team is bigger than the game! Authorities, by being so indifferent to Ozzie behavior on ground, are dragging the gentle out of the gentleman’s game! Australian team is taking it further by taking the man out and replacing it with animal!


  2. CricketCritic says:

    Regarding Ponting’s reply to Gavaskar’s comments over Australia’s behaviour :

    In my view, it was about the truth pinching hard . Nearly all teams have had problems with Australia’s on field verbal tactics.

    The South Africans complained of racial abuse when they went there, and in fact pleaded their home crowd to boo the Aussies when they came for return series.

    NewZealander Lou Vincent went public with his feelings against Australia by saying they hunt like a pack of dogs and they think they are above the game.

    India’s Sachin Tendulkar has been the target of Aussies verbal volleys so often, and in the recent malaysia tri-series, ponting made some rude remarks at him after he was called back by the umpire after being initially given out.

    Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan and Ranatunga have had problems with Aussies.

    Brian Lara too. After he reached 400, Ponting instead of congratulating him, went on to say that Lara was a selfish player in going for the record.

    No doubt “Arrogant Aussies” is the right tag for your team, Mr. Ponting.

    Be a good ambassador for the sports first before trying to become the best batsman.

    And as for his remarks that there are not too many popular winners, you only have to look at the popular Windies of the 80s, Sachin tendulkar, Roger Federer, etc. to see the hollowness of his remarks.

    So many teams you have roughed up, are now coming out in the open. Who all will you reply to Mr. Ponting ?

    Add to that, Ponting and Damien Martyn’s recent behaviour against Mr. Sharad Pawar in the award-giving ceremony in the Champions Trophy in India.

    Remember Chris Gayle Vs. Michael Clarke in the Champions Trophy where Gayle was fined but Clrake escaped. Gayle later said that the perpetrator of the crime should be equally punished.

    The administrators of the game are turning a blind eye to Aussies on field behaviour.


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