June 13, 2009

ICC World Twenty20

Media outburst at Sehwag a sign of the times

Siddhartha Talya

The fiasco surrounding Virender Sehwag's injury and his absence from the World Twenty20, as embarassing as it proved for the Indian team, was further intensified by the manner in which it was dealt by sections of the Indian media, writes Pradeep Magazine in the Hindustan Times.

To lend the whole drama a theatrical touch has been Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s holier than thou attitude, where he parades the entire team and even the support staff in front of the media to prove that all is well with his world. He even has a skirmish with a TV reporter but such is his clout, power and popularity that no one dares to criticise him.

In the end, Sehwag has to not just contend with the fact that he may not be able to play cricket for a few months, but also deal with a very hostile media.

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