20 September, 2020

No Use Blaming The Ref

It is self-delusion to attribute the series loss wholly to questionable decisions by the umpires

No Use Blaming The Ref

In a rare moment of candour a couple of seasons ago, India’s most travelled cricket photographer, who shall go unnamed, said abruptly: "Television will kill Indian cricket." Whether he meant those rugby cameramen covering the game for US companies, or whether he had in mind those crazy tours the cricket board was organising for the benefit of TV companies in the name of globalising the game, one never knows. Whatever, when he said that, all conversation ceased at the Press Club of India table.

As ESPN gives a new spin to what must easily rank as one of the most horrific tours undertaken by a much-hyped team, the photographer’s words take on some degree of prescience. Listening to Sunil Gavaskar and Harsha Bhogle, to name two worthies, go on and on with an exaggerated sense of injury at the umpiring decisions that allegedly stopped the Indians in their tracks and the controversies that have marred the tour, you would think the Indians would have easily turned the 0-3 verdict into a 3-0 one, but for. TV hasn’t killed Indian cricket yet, but it’s...



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