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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

War of the words

For some reason there has been lots of criticisms, counter criticisms and verbal spats between players and former players of late. First there was the Gavaskar-Ponting incident, then happened the Lara-Andy Roberts friction over team selection and now Ian Chappell and Anil Kumble have gotten into the act over the former's comments on Sachin Tendulkar.

Apparantly Ian Chappell somewhere mentioned that it is time for Sachin Tendulkar to retire from cricket. And Kumble in an interview replied saying: "Ian Chappell has got nothing to do with Indian cricket. Of course everybody is entitled to his opinion but Ian Chappell is not going to win matches for India, Sachin Tendulkar has been doing that for us and we should be supporting him.....Chappell is a former cricketer and has the right to make statements about the game but he does not know Indian cricket."

Maybe it is the boring World Cup that is to be blamed for these verbal exchanges. Journalists are forced to poke around at players and get out some controversial comment or the other to make digestable gossip for the excitement starved cricket followers. Or maybe the players themselves are bored enough to pass a comment here and another there just so they kill some time!

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