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Are Aussies worse winners than India?

By Gaurang - 7 Nov, '02
November 7 2002

The Indian media displays minimum pride in its team and overt sympathy for the hapless and vanquished opposition. Following up on the theme of "are Indians bad winners", are Aussies WORSE winners? An earlier story on this site asked if Indians are bad winners?

In this context, given the events of yesterday, a question worth asking is: are Aussies worse winners, if in the opposite way?

Compared to the Indian media, which displays minimum pride in its team and overt sympathy for the hapless and vanquished opposition, the Aussie media displays maximum pride in its team and bitter sarcasm and lack of sympathy for the hapless and vanquished opposition. They seem unable to resist kicking the opposition when they are down.

Here is a sampling of headlines from the Sydney Morning Herald and sites:

  • Nasser Insane
  • Can Anybody in England Play Cricket?
  • Stage Fright Rules Britannia
  • God Save the Queen...and the English Team
  • Poms on the Skids
  • Grovelling Poms Pray for Help
  • That's Charming, Even the Barmy Army Has Gone Soft
Could you imagine The Times of India, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, heck even sensationalistic publications such as Mid-Day or Cine Blitz, coming out with such headlines?

The chauvinistic pride displayed by the Aussie media makes it easy to understand Michael Holding's lament that the one thing he missed in his playing days from modern times was neutral umpires in Australia.

Well, Hussain has Bucknor and Koertzen to neutralize the Aussies on the field, but they still must deal with an Aussie 3rd Umpire, who already has given a very key decision in favor of the Aussie batsman. And they must deal with a very parochial Aussie fourth estate that roots for the home team unabashedly, rather than reporting on the game in a fair and balanced way. Not to mention a highly aggressive and vocal stadium crowd.

Foreign teams visiting India should count their blessings. Where else would you find such gracious hosts, who nit-pick on their own team, sympathize with your misfortunes, provide sumptuous food and facilities, and most ordinary fans treat you like a demi-god? I am certain even the most obscure of Windies players, an ordinary team, have signed tons of autographs on their tour. Just ask Gareth Breese or Darren Ganga.

Plus if you play your cards right, you may land very lucrative advertising or writing gigs too, especially if you happen to be the opposition's captain.

The ICC will hear from one Mr. Procter, about a few unruly fans who were venting their frustration on their own players, the HOME team. Will they hear from the Ashes match referee about the immense pressure, however subtle, the entire Aussie establishment relentlessly exerts on the visitors?

I, for one, am not holding my breath.

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