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Tweets on House stall, tremors that shook the 'Wall'

chandigarh Updated: May 06, 2013 11:02 IST

It's been a rocking time not only for the earth but also the corridors of power and the "Wall" that in the cricketing Hall of Fame does tower.
Barely had the aftershocks of earlier earth-shaking tremors receded when there were fresh tremors. This time, not just of the terrestrial kind but also of the ministerial kind.

Epicentre on the Right

The epicentre of one such tremor surfaced quite from the Right. That it shook an entire House was apparent when Congress president Sonia Gandhi found herself accused of the wrong of inciting her Lok Sabha MPs to stall the sound bite from a leader of the Right.

This saw the said BJP leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj venting vitriol against Sonia not only in parliamentary galleria but also in cyberia. Social-media savvy Sushma thus took to tweeting about her slight Left, Right and Centre.

That Sonia and Sushma are old foes is but obvious from the fact that their collision course dates back to 1999, when the two women of power were pitted against each other in the Bellary Lok Sabha poll.
Things didn't get Right between them, only worse after the BJP lost power in 2004. This had then seen Sushma threatening a sartorial "satyagraha" if her bête noire of Italian descent did the prime ministerial post ascent.

Sushma's sartorial snub, had Sonia then been anointed prime minister, could have seen the staging of quite a Right sackcloth-and-ashes show: shaving off her head, swathing herself in white, and sleeping on a hard floor.

Back then, Sushma may have been saved the chance of taking to the hard floor, but not being allowed to speak in Parliament recently surely saw Sushma stage a Sonia-bashing show on the House floor.

Up against the 'Wall'

If some tremors saw the House being rocked, another tremor was all about being pushed against the 'Wall'.

The cricket league tremor that rocked the 'Wall' had much to do with players hitting the roof on issues of the ball.

What started off as a verbal spat between Kolkata Knight Riders' Manvinder Bisla and Rajasthan Royals' Shane Watson, with the latter threatening to throw a ball back at the batsman, soon turned into a sledging of the "Wall' of Indian cricket, Royals skipper Rahul Dravid, with the KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, too, joining in.

Lest this second spat in a week make his image take a beating, Gambhir seriously took to tweeting. What better than the social media for setting right the wrongs of the stadia!

"Guys, u have got it all wrong. No harsh words exchanged between me n Rahul bhai. He was n will always be a respected teammate. No fuss plz," went the KKR skipper on Twitter to explain all things bitter.

And lest it be accused of being to the controversy aloof, Ravindra Jadeja's parody account was quick to come out with a scathing spoof.
"Gambhir you might have won the game, but you lost all the respect of Blue Billion and you'll never get it back," read a tweet on Jadeja's parody account.

Cashing in on the recent Gautam-Kohli spat, the parody account gave a higher score to Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli. "Kohli is way better than #Gambhir, at least he respects the legends," read the @SirJadeja parody tweet.

The player who'd set the ball rolling for the spat, Bisla, didn't escape the jibes, too. "Awkward moment when a guy who can't even catch a ball, #Bisla, sledges the Gentleman of Cricket, #Dravid," the Jadeja parody site went ball-istic about the KKR player for whom T20 is a different ball game.

Just when it seemed that the door had been closed on the sledging of the 'Wall', Australian spin legend and former Royals skipper Shane Warne hit the roof, too.

The spin specialist from Down Under thought Twitter was the best place for Gauti plunder. Warne tweeted: "Question cricket followers Is Ghambir (sic) in the top 3 annoying cricketers on the planet???"

These tremors rocking the 'Wall" may be cricket's wake-up call. Is T20 turning the gentleman's game into a gentle-ban game?

The writer is a Chandigarh-based columnist.