Gilchrist doesn’t need to Apologize

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

Related Post:-

http://rauldegr8.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/ind-vs-aus-a-neutrals-viewpoint/

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6 comments on “Gilchrist doesn’t need to Apologize”

  1. “Has Sachin’s integrity really been never questioned throughout his career”
    yes. Tendulkar never gave the oppurtunity to question his integrity.

    “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 nation”
    well, of course. So are you telling me that a Mathew Hayden can call someone a little bastard and laugh it off saying it is silly mate. we call each other bastard over beer all the time, its a culture thing. But a misheard “Maa ki” from harbhajan which isnt even a complete abuse can’t be called a cultural perception?

    “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.”
    so you re saying that a handshake is the in thing in aus? ok. So in the sydney match, while kumble and ishant were waiting to shake the aussie hands on the field, the whooping and celebrating aussies couldn’t pause their celebrations for a quick handshake “on the field” but find fault with someone they couldn’t find in the dressing room who for all we know, could have been taking a shit in the loo.

    “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.”
    Hell man. Gilly doesn’t know the diff between a Maa ki and a monkey
    tendulkar said he never heard monkey and he stands by it. The team manager did say that Tendulkar clarified there was abuse at the first hearing but he said it wasn’t monkey but hindi slang which wasn’t even aan abuse by itself.
    I would rather take the word of tendulkar who has never been questioned for his integrity than a hyppocrite like gilchrist. yeah right. he who walks away on nicks when aus is comfortably placed but would appeal for un nicked catches when situation demands.

    Summary :
    Anyone who knows A.Rahul will vouch for the fact that he isn’t a big fan of Indian cricket and would rather wish for a South African/australian victory. That being said, please, take it down a notch.

    🙂

  2. dude, i still reckon that truth is covered up whenever an Indian is at fault. All the info we get is via the media who sadly are shamelessly proud at being partial towards India. That’s fine as long as the viewer is pro-India but for a neutral viewer it can get on the nerve

    How can you call him a hypocrite for walking when he’s nicked it and for appealing even if the other person didn’t? You can say he’s a hypocrite when he claims himself to be a saint. He doesn’t claim to be one.

    Being partially honest doesn’t make you a hypocrite, claiming full honesty while being partially honest or completely dishonest is hypocrisy

    “I would rather take the word of tendulkar” , did Tendulkar say anything at all??
    Tendulkar being mature understood that he didn’t have to react and he didn’t. It was all those immature side-kicks who cried foul for no good reason

    “Gilly doesn’t know the diff between a Maa ki and a monkey” yup, what’s wrong with that? he doesn’t speak punjabi accent of Hindi

    “find fault with someone they couldn’t find in the dressing room who for all we know, could have been taking a shit in the loo”, Maybe Aussies do feel offended if someone’s in the loo when they give a courtesy call 🙂

    It’s child’s play to go on finding faults with each other’s argument but this whole discussion doesn’t merit it. The discussion itself ain’t anything substantial

  3. Rahul has, I think, what I call – underdog syndrome. Not to say that Australia and South Africa are underdogs. But he typically routs for those who are not considered worthy of routing for, by those around him. Safin, AB de Villiers, South Africa are all cases in point.
    Perhaps he gets a kick out of being a “rebel” of sorts. I tend to think that anybody who claims he’s able to watch Indo-Aus match without any nationalist passion is either lying or has this “underdog syndrome”.

  4. @Amused observer.
    Leave Safin out of this. Safin is more than worthy of being routed for. 🙂

  5. “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.”
    I agree with the second sentence…because I wasnt present in the dressing room…
    but what abt the first… “telling the truth”… were you present in the dressing room??

    Forget abt the handshakes… I think its a tiny matter as compared with this…
    “The Australians push BCCI chief Sharad Pawar”. After winning their maiden Champions Trophy in Mumbai, Australia showed they are not exactly polite off it too…when Damien Martyn literally pushed him out of the stage.

    Its not abt deviating frm the topic… its abt how bad YOUR aussies can be… dont AGAIN say its a “neutral’s point of view”… if u think that the truth is covered up when Indian is at fault… u also note that the truth is not only covered up but overlooked when an Australian is at fault…. (by some silly foolish people)

    And one thing… research isn’t ur work dude… go n try for a job as a journalist in some bullshit Australian times.. or get interested in whtever crap they write…

  6. Rahul — you hit the nail on the head with your post. I totally agree with you on all fronts. Isn’t it interesting that Sachin’s integrity has never been questioned? It’s high time fanatics in India stop treating him like a God, because he isn’t one. He is capable of mistakes and flaws like every one of us. While Sachin may well be the best batsman (on the basis of runs scored), Gilly wins hands down on sportsmanship and actually being there for his team. And yes, Harbhajan talking about losing respect is a joke. This coming from a man who slaps his own team-mate. Gilly never claims to be a saint himself and never denies sledging. So, to all the Sachin fanatics out there — get over it!

    And Rahul, thanks for the post. 🙂


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