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relationship between the media and the celebrities has never been smooth
and has been rocked at times. They hate each other, they love each other
but they cannot ignore each other because both feed on each other. In
our country along with filmstars, the cricketers have been the biggest
celebrities and we have had a long history of such a feud between the
media and the players. The players complain that the media keeps
unnecessarily prying into their “private affairs” whereas media has
its own point of view. Let’s see what both of them have to say.
Let’s see both the point of views.
the way we have the right to do what we wish outside the field of play
and how does it matters to others whether we are moving with some
filmstar or anyone else. Don’t we have the right to do that?
what we feel the media loves juicy stories or else they won’t sell. So
they try cheap gimmicks of reporting our personal life, and that too,
infactually, to make up their stories the way they want to. They feed on
our actions on the field, but off it,
they don’t know how to do their job well. So they resort to do
what they are not supposed to. Even if the media is reporting our
”off-the-field” activities, they do it in the most unprofessional
manner. They feel that they are doing a great job by telling the fans
that our performance is linked to such things. They should know what is
expected of us in the field as professionals. In no way is our “off
the field” activities or romance going to mar our performance on the
field. Get it !
scribes are always judgemental. They try not only to cover our daily
lives but also distort the facts before people. They keep asking us to
do things the way they want it to be done.
let’s see what does the media have to say. A point-by-point retort.
Yes, you have the right to do what you want to, outside the field and we have never tried to stop it. But the fans too have a right to know what their idols are doing off the field. They want to know it, so we give it. Is it our fault? Should we deny your fans that right? Further we don’t love such juicy stories. In the first place they aren’t juicy, they are facts. It is you who would have us believe they are all false. If so why are we proved right in the end? The players themselves hanker after publicity and keep running after us for stories so that they get instant recognition. Once their purpose is fulfilled, we turn into devils that are made to look as if we are always behind the downfall of players. Sorry, it is always you who use us for your own ends. As regarding our job, we know how to fulfill it in the best possible way. It is the player who aren’t doing their job properly. Need we reminded the Mumbai test? Since there is hardly any on the field performance to write about we are left with the only option. To write about other things which they seem to do in plenty.
regards your assumption that such thing don’t affect your play is
utter non-sense. We have seen players in the past busy with affairs
outside the ground & forget to play well
‘on it! OR why did
we have such a poor performance from one of our senior players in
Mumbai. We need answer.
are not judgemental. We are doing our job. And our job is to be a
watchdog. So of course when it comes to news, we offer as it is. And
when it comes to opinion, we simply analyze it. If someone is better in
his personal life, do you except us to applaud it? We are doing our duty
perfectly well Mr players, Thank You.
Oh. Oh, such deep crevices exist between the media & players. But like a piece of land they also cannot move away from each other. They need each other. And it is you who can decide who is right or wrong.
Brearly, widely considered to be the finest brain to have captained a side, was
once asked about the parameters on which one could judge the strength of a team.
Pat came the reply- bench strength. Only a person with shrewd perception could
wonders if the Eves play the same game of cricket as their 'unfairer'
sex do. It is indeed very difficult to explain the indifferent and
pathetic response of the very same cricket loving and mad-for-cricket
nations, when it comes to women's cricket.
Indies: What a shame!!!!
Indies arrived in Australia after their disastrous trip to England,
where they were demolished to say the least. They were bowled out
twice under 100 runs in 5 test matches. This is a far cry from the
great West Indian team, which used to crush the opposition
relentlessly and now they are at the receiving end.
The West Indies team of the 80’s was a revelation in itself
and such teams come only once in a lifetime. To be able to achieve
those heights is not easy for any team but to fall down so low is an
altogether different thing. Everybody is stunned with the kind of
level they have fallen down to.
started off in Australia, exactly from where they had left. They were
humiliated and badly crushed in the first test match. Lara, their only
batting hope failed in both innings.
There has been widespread criticism of their constant decline,
so much so that Colin Croft, the former West Indian great has asked
them to go back midway to avoid further humiliation. There have been
calls from all quarters for them to go back but Adams, the West Indian
captain is still hopeful of a revival.
Well, it is a sad situation and the one, which needs a lot of
thinking and may be some time off from cricket. Though there can be
many theories behind this downfall, but one thing, which is more
apparent than anything else is the lack of talent. No matter how
talented Lara is but no team can succeed on one man’s laurels. Even
Lara has been in an awful form to say the least. Even a six-month lay
off has not brought him back the kind of batting, he had become
reminiscent with. He now looks a pale shadow of what he used to be and
that is a big blow to his team.
from Lara and to some extent Chanderpaul, none of the West Indian
batsmen have the technique or the talent to face fast bowling. Their
bowling also revolves around Walsh, who is 38 and on his last legs
now. Besides him, the others have come and gone. None of them could
even come close to the oldies Ambrose and Walsh. It is so strange that
the West Indian selectors have not been able to fine one good pacer
from the land where babies used to be born with a cricket ball in
their hands. Well, literally. No one is trying to say that their
bowlers are bad. Mclean, Dillon and Black are very talented but they
miss the firepower, which is so essential. And who will justify the
selection of someone like Nagamootoo, who is as good as a college
being rude, one can call their batting line-up absolutely awful. Even
someone like Adams, who is the captain of the team, has made zero
contribution in the last few matches. In fact his presence in the team
is questionable. Players like Campbell, Ganga, Sarwan, and what not
have found a place in the team and they have delivered nothing. May be
some one like Sarwan needs experience but where is Ricardo Powell, who
created quite a sensation during his presence at the Sahara cup. Is
West Indies trying to tell the whole world that he is not good enough
to be in the test team and is only good for the one dayers? If that is
the theory then it is absolute rubbish. They don’t have 11 decent
players to represent in any form of international cricket and they
cannot afford to be so choosy in their selection.
has been on the downward path for a long time and less said the better
Well what one
fails to see is that the fall of West Indies is a big loss for
cricket. It has been a tremendous contributor to this great game and
one of the biggest reasons why cricket became so popular. There is a
lot of sorting out to be done and even if that means not playing for
another year or so, so be it. That kind of break can do wonders, as
constant cricket doesn’t give anyone the time to think about
what’s going wrong. Especially in the case of West Indies, who have
been completely shattered ! Whatever the decision would be, one can
only hope for something positive out of it. Because cricket without
West Indies would indeed become poorer.
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