Was I really surprised with the comments by the Australian media after India trampled over Australia in Dharamsala and taking home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 margin?
The Australian media on Wednesday called the Indian captain Virat Kohli ‘egomaniac’ and ‘classless’. Why? Just because he declined the offer for a beer from Australia captain Steve Smith. Or didn’t apologise like Smith did?
Why would he or his team go for a drink with a ‘cheat’ or a team that lacks manners and doesn’t respect its opponents? All saw what happened in the series and how the self-obsessed Aussies struggled to believe that they have a challenge in India.
In fact, Kohli himself extended an olive branch even before the series calling Smith & Co his friends. He would have been gracious even if India lost the series, if it was played in the right spirit on the field.
But Assies being Aussies…
Before calling Virat Kohli “eg maniac” or “classless”, the Australians should look at their past.
Who punched English cricketer Joe Root in the bar? David Warner.
Wasn’t Trevor Chappell unsporting in bowling underarm to New Zealand’s Brian McKechnie on the instruction of elder brother and captain Greg Chappell in the 1981 Benson & Hedges Cup?
Do you remember the 2001 series where Michael Slater held an unclean catch of Rahul Dravid in the and still called it clean? Steve Smith had no business to call Murali Vijay a “f*****g cheat” and would do better to look at the past instance where his senior player and now commentator claimed a bumped catch and got into argument with Rahul Dravid and umpire S Venkataraghavan.
Remember, what the punter Ricky Ponting did to the then BCCI president and a senior politician Sharad Pawar after winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, disrespectfully pushing him aside?
Or Steven Smith asking his dressing room mates for DRS?
These are just a few examples of classless and egomaniac characters that Australian cricketers are.
As far as Kohli himself coming forward to take the trophy and addressing the press conference instead of Ajinkya Rahane, the Delhi boy has all the right to do so. It isn’t exactly a rule. Kohli has kept the team together and backs his players big time even if they pass through a tough phase.
So you, the Aussie media, may try your best to create rift between the players, but be aware this team is not going to be divded with your weird tactics.
The Australian media has been after the Indian captain since the beginning, targetting some way or the other. Even former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had criticised them by calling them ‘extended support staff’ for criticising others instead of probing their own team.
They should not point at others’ mistakes, better correct and advise their own players on ethics and morality.
It is known that the Aussies can’t digest defeat and always try to get into the skin of their opponents with unethical on and off field tactics if they realise they will struggle to beat their opponents with bat and ball.
As far as the apology from Smith goes, the right time to say sorry was between the series and bury the hatchet immediately instead of doing it after the series and before the IPL.
Learn to accept defeat instead of being sour losers.