Has Sachin’s integrity really been never questioned throughout his career or is it just that the persons accused of accusing him were dismissed as insignificant jealousy driven whiners? Every great man has his own personal set of detractors and Sachin’s no exception in that regard.
His countless number of fans and admirers have time and again tried to make him an exception on that front however, and in the process have pummelled many a (lesser) greats into submission, statement clarification, out of context exclamation and apology rendition.
The latest victim of this frenzy fanaticism Adam Gilchrist, is being needlessly ripped apart by every Sachin loyalist. All Gilly said was “Tendulkar’s hard to find for a changing room handshake after we have beaten India”. He even questioned Sachin’s honesty over the monkey incident but let’s deal with the handshake thing first.
When Harbahajan was accused of calling Symonds a monkey, no time was lost in defending Harbhajan by pointing out the difference in cultural perceptions between the two nations. So why don’t we think of this concept of handshake on those same lines and say that handshaking ain’t the in-thing in India as it is in Australia. Sachin’s disposition could thus have been justified but no, “why defend when we have the whole cricketing world at ransom” seems to be the mantra and on the offence went the loyalists forcing Gilly on to the back foot.
Dilip Vengsarkar called it a marketing gimmick. Gilchrist didn’t blow his own horn, it was all the loyalists who found an excuse to exercise their fanaticism and gladly blew the whole issue out of proportion. Does Vengsarkar mean to say that Gilly was shrewd enough to know that all those hordes of loyalists were just a bunch of suckers who would do the publicity on his behalf ? If yes, then that’s a compliment to Gilchrist’s marketing abilities and if no, the statement doesn’t make any sense.
The biggest joke of this whole incident was Harbhajan saying “We don’t respect him (anymore)”. Now, who on (the whole global economic crisis hit) Earth would believe in Harbhajan respecting anyone ? At best, we expect him to keep his hostilities in check. That too seems a bit too optimistic hope as illustrated in the slap-gate incident. That incident may have happened a long time ago in the spur of the moment but that small incident is ammunition enough for critics to fire down every opinion he expresses.
One thing you can be sure about is Gilchrist not being envious of Sachin. If anything, it can be the other way round as Gilly has played a crucial role in his side’s last 3 consecutive world cup triumphs whereas Sachin was just been a hapless spectator on each of those occasions.
Summary:- Criticism being levelled at Gilchrist ain’t justified and Harbhajan’s views aren’t accountable.
p.s 1:- I maintain Gilchrist is telling the truth about Sachin. You have no right to term Gilly a liar, that’s because you weren’t present in the dressing room.
p.s 2:-Comment on the views expressed rather than on me