'Give it back to the Aussies': HT readers respond to poll on sledging

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2015 11:27 IST

Barbs are expected fly thick and fast when two fierce rivals in the cricketing world take on each other in a high-voltage clash in Sydney on Thursday.

If an aggressive Australia fire the sledging weapon at Team India in the second semifinal of World Cup 2015, should Dhoni's boys duck or keep marching on the front foot? Majority of the HT readers said it would be best to tackle the Aussie attack with nothing but aggression.

As Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson indicated that he won't shy away from pitching one or two sledge beamers, HT asked its readers what should be the ideal response from the Men in Blue, who will certainly be in the line of fire in battleground Sydney.

Altogether 1,431 respondents took part in the poll till 2:30am on Thursday.

Most of the respondents who voted in the survey -- published Wednesday morning -- said it would be apt to pay the Australian brigade in their own coin. However, another sizeable section advised Team India to ignore the rants.

While 613 (42.84%) of the respondents voted for Gandhigiri, 742 (51.85%) batted for Dadagiri (the Sourav Ganguly medicine) and said India should give it back to the Aussies.

The poll, conducted on the day Australian captain Michael Clarke told a news conference that there would be sledging in the match, also saw 61 (4.26%) of the respondents saying India should not take matters in their own hand and complain to the umpires instead in case of a verbal attack by Clarke's boys.

Another 15 (1.05%) could not come up with any definite answer.

So, get set ready. The stage is set for a mega fight. Whatever the outcome, there's a big chance that traditional beliefs surrounding the 'gentleman's game' will go for a toss on Thursday.

Hence, Indian fans, apart from savouring the pure cricketing action, will also keep an eye out to know how 'spoilt brat' Virat Kohli and his comrades responded to sledger-in-chief Johnson and his men.

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