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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cricket as farce...

is the theme of Gulu Ezekiel's latest column.
“I have stopped watching cricket after Sourav was dropped from the side,” said one ‘passionate’ cricket fan from my favourite city. This after his omission from the one-day side. So does one watch the Indian cricket team in action just to follow the performance of a single player from your own state and city? Judging from the diabolical behaviour of the Eden Garden’s crowd in the ODI against South Africa last month, it appears the majority of Kolkatans take a vicarious and vicious pleasure in seeing India lose — so long as their beloved Dada is not in the squad. Remember, neither Hyderabad nor Bangalore reacted in a similar manner when the ODIs were staged in those cities, even though their favourite sons, V.V.S. Laxman and Anil Kumble, are no longer part of the one-day team. Ganguly’s statement that his supporters should back the team and not an individual and should not disrupt normal life in Kolkata, thankfully, is striking for its timing and maturity and he deserves full credit for it.

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