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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Mr. FrowNEL

Andre Nel, the South African quickie, should easily qualify as one of the most non-sporting cricketers around. His famous glare down the pitch after every delivery leads me to that conclusion. It is, if we believe Mr. Nel, a habit. However habits cannot be cited as an excuse. (If you look at Sachin's attire in one of his earliest pictures, you'll know why.)

Not just the glare, Nel tries to provoke batsmen verbally too. It is something only the Aussies are wont to do. Though a late starter, Nel has surpassed them all! Some tame cricketers (Ganguly, for instance) do get psyched out because of this. Thankfully, Gambhir stood up to the menace, dispatching him to the fence more than once. A minor altercation between the two, and the ensuing warning / advice from the umpires led Nel to overcome "his habit".

There is a larger issue surrounding this, one that has been highlighted by many. Australians and South Africans get away rather easily when it comes to such offences. Umpires and match referees do not view these intimidatory tactics as seriously as something half that magnitude if committed by Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans. This may not be due to racist reasons; maybe their physical stature and cricketing successes intimidate match officials.

I don't remember one occasion on which Nel or his spiritual father, a certain Mr. Glenn McGrath, were warned for their unsporting behaviour. Yet, match officials start thinking up innovative interpretations of ICC rules whenever others take to the field.

The warning that Nel received from the umpires should set him right, and serve as a precedent for others as well. It is time we rid the game of such provocative behaviour. After all, Nel and McGrath are capable of intimidating batsmen with their bowling alone.


Anonymous Vivek said...

Surprising that you find Nel's "habit" non-sporting ... I believe Nel, along with Lee, is one of the most entertaining fast bowlers around and Gambhir got needlessly worked up the other night ...

11/22/2005 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Vijay Krishna said...

Entertaining and sporting are necessarily two different things. Even assuming Nel is as entertaining as Lee (which he is not), his frown and glare should be treated with contempt. It is a different kind of sledging.

11/23/2005 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger GomZy said...

first of all,nice blog !

Its surprising to know that many cricket lovers like yourself would find Andre Nel's stare or his verbal dose as non-sporting.I wonder if u hav noticed hw he smiles wen d batsman acknowledges his good delivery.
Even in the 5th ODI he was seen asking Dravid if he was okay wen his throw from the boundary had hit Dravid on d elbow.

And neways,I believe sledgin (wen done in a sporting manner)is a part of cricket....its a tough game after all....both physically and mentally.... so it shud b.....esp wen it is done in a sporting manner like andre nel does it.He aint no swearin to the batsman .....a bit of mockin is good for the game..... and entertaining as well.

Nel is definetely a treat to watch for dat matter as one can xpect somethin happenin every ball !!!

Isnt it a treat to watch Irfan Pathan VS Graeme Smith in action one on one !!! I m sure ther wud hav been some xchange of words had he stayed for a longer time in d last ODI.

In dis context,worth mentionin dat Glenn Mcgrath had crossed his limits against Sarwan so had michael Slater few years back against Dravid.Such behavior shudnt go unpunished.

I totally agree dat Asians get the harsh treatment as compared to other big guns of cricket.dat was totally on display wen indians in south africa were punished by a certain south african match refree who perhaps was bored of life and thought of doin somethin interestin !

11/29/2005 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article,
Actually I wanted to put the same thing in my blog...and then realised, I dont have a blog.

12/13/2005 12:47:00 AM  

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