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Class of cultures, did ya say?

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 18:50 IST

Aussies asinine arrogance - isn't this bringing disrespect to the game?

Punter and Martin have, to use a cricketing phrase, swung their bats a bit too wildly this time. They have finally offered an apology but is that enough?

I saw the footage over television yesterday. Of how Ricky Ponting "beckoned" Sharad Pawar to hand over the Champions Trophy to him. And how, immediately thereafter, Damien Martin virtually shoved Pawar off the dias, so that the Aussies may be photographed with the trophy. Very rude behaviour and an ugly incident, to say the least, irrespective of whether it was Sharad Pawar or a completely unknown, insignificant person.

Though, if one has to go purely by his stature as the BCCI chief, central minister of the Government of India, and a leading, very senior and well-respected politician of the world's largest democracy, and the reverence that he should command for his sheer age, the Aussies have shown great disrespect not just to him, but to all Indians.

Pawar, in his magnanimity, has dismissed this as an unnecessary debate and as an incident which is not noteworthy given the youthfulness of the Australian team and their excitement at winning the trophy for the first time.

He has dismissed this as an unintentional mistake, at the most. I am no fan of Pawar's or his ideologies, but I am not willing to let this pass by as an accident. I do feel that these twin acts, even if unintentional, were definitely uncalled for, and extremely disgraceful.

Aussies cannot be pardoned for being so arrogant due to the excitement of winning the trophy. They are, after all, world champions in cricket, have won too many tournaments to count, and are the first team to hold both the World Cup and the Champions Trophy at the same time. This is definitely not their first win, where they can be excused for behaving like kids, though I have yet to see any kids who behave like this on a dias.

As ambassadors of not just the gentleman's game, but of their country, the Aussies should have behaved the way a champion should - gracefully. Obviously, that is a word that they have never come across in their life.