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Kohli, cowed by the crowd?

What does the Wankhede's reaction to Ambati Rayudu's run out, and Virat Kohli's subsequent outburst tell us about cricket, India and the IPL? Sambit Bal, Jayaditya Gupta, Sharda Ugra, Mark Butcher and Nitin Sundar discuss. (00:00)

April 29, 2013

Posted by zhaggy on (May 1, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

Forget IPL, Mumbai fans have booed Sehwag during Ranji matches as well. It was the final day Mumbai vs Delhi, Delhi chasing 370+, After lunch Delhi were 177/0 but were not going for it. After half an hour, the first wicket fell at 188/1. Sehwag walked in and we all (400 people in the stands - Garware Pavillion) thought now there will be some fireworks but Mumbai could lose. Sehwag lbw 0(1).

He was booed off the ground. Again, for failing - not from hatred. There is a thin line, I don't think most spectators cross it. I don't think it was crossed during the MI - RCB match.

After that Gambhir took 29 minutes to go from 99* to 100*. And eventually the match ended in a draw.

Posted by zhaggy on (May 1, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

I also remember when Gilchirst got to 400 ODI Catches in Mumbai, 2007. Not a single spectator was sitting when that flashed up on the screen. 2011 WC Final - Jayawardene scoring a century, the same entire North Stand clapped, knowing that it might well be a match-winning and dream-ending century at that time. Mumbai (North Stand) knows how to have fun, but also appreciates cricket as much as any sports writer. I cannot defend all the spectators, especially monkey-gate - that was in bad taste, but most of the chants from North Stand are supposed to be light-hearted. It's just the misguided (maybe?) notion that throwing a player off his rocks would help India (home team) in some way or the other. Just like sledging, once the match is over, the taunts are over. It is not some deep-rooted hatred or filth spilling over that Sambit thinks it is - not in Mumbai at least. Not in Mumbai.

Posted by zhaggy on (May 1, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

As a viewer and former resident of Mumbai who has seen numerous matches at the Wankhede I have this to say: It's just the crowd's way of having a little fun. Riling up the players. Trying to get a reaction from them. I remember once the North Stand chanting/mocking Yuvraj Singh when he was fielding at Deep Fine/Third Man during the first day of the 2006 England test. When we started, he appeared angry and asked us to shut up. Every time the over was up and he went to field somewhere else, the stand would quiet down and everyone would just laugh. And restart when he came back. After half an hour of mocking, he turned around and took his hat off to the stand. Instantly the stand went form mocking to cheering! We also gave Sehwag a lot of stick when dropped two catches in the 2 day Australia test in 2004. I wasn't present for the recent MI - RCB match, but can't imagine it was anything but good-natured fun. Also Virat isn't the most beloved cricketer in India - yet.

Posted by Dharm_Guru on (April 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Ambati Rayudu's runout was purely accidental came at a crucial point when Mumbai were accelerating towards the end of their innings. I think the Mumbai crowd were just recovering from Kohli's first brilliant direct hit that the second one came in and the manner in which it came sort of agitated them. While is fine to react to a certain extent but calling your own Country's player a Cheat is unacceptable. It is a game after all, crowds gather for entertainment and should go about it in good spirit. The Bangalore crowd never booed Gambhir when he had a spat with Kohli in the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

As a person present in the stadium, I can say that the booing started only after Virat Kohli aggressively went into an argument with Pollard, who was pointing out the fact of the bowler falling back and causing Rayudu to lift his bat. Kohli could have left the matter to Umpire. In his own words, it was his job and not Kohli's. Then why did he intervene when Pollard was talking to the umpire? It is his churlishness which bruised Mumbai crowd's feelings and they reacted as they only can. Take that, Virat Kohli.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

I agree with Mark is talking here. Other than him the entire panel are this elite group who would want to only clap and smile in a cricket match. Indian people are not that way ever. It is our culture and I think we should be okay with it.

If virat kohli has a problem crowd abusing him, what does he have to say about all the abusing he does when playing. It is just the same just 50,000 saying the same thing in sync against him.

Posted by lemonstealer on (April 29, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

i sat through the booing a little bemused initially but have since concluded reflecting back on it that the crowd was just having some good-natured fun,you can hardly call that a " hostile atmosphere".we must also must consider that a large number of the audience at these games is not necessarily part of the cricketing fraternity so to speak and you'd excuse them for being unacquainted with the nuances and subtleties of the game.these things,the taunts and the jibes and often juvenile but light-hearted name calling spreads like a rash in the stands and is honestly quite harmless.as they say "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"

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