21 September, 2020

'Ricky Just Wouldn't Listen'

It's up to us players to ensure cricket isn't sullied. We want to move on.

'Ricky Just Wouldn't Listen'
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The cliched words "spirit of the game" have reverberated right from my school days. But only after the Sydney Test match did I realise the true meaning of the "spirit of the game" in practice. My understanding is that in any sport, you either play the game in the right spirit through your entire career—or you simply don't. Invoking the spirit of the game at one's convenience is just not on. And winning and losing have no relevance to the spirit of the game.

Now, going back to the Sydney Test, let me state at the outset, and quite unequivocally—I am convinced that Harbhajan Singh made no racist remark against Andrew Symonds. That's not the way we play our cricket. I talked with Sachin Tendulkar and I talked with Harbhajan himself. I asked him if he had started it, and he said no, Symonds was needling him with provocative remarks, and that he merely responded. He assured me that he made no racist remark, that he never even had any intention of doing so.

Despite that, just to ensure that the matter didn't get out of hand, I offered...

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