January 13, 2012

The media doesn't play cricket

All too often, the press seems to think it needs to indulge in psychological warfare on behalf of the teams
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A few days ago an old friend of mine in Australia wrote an article that said Virender Sehwag was causing a rift in the Indian team. I read it and saw neither proof nor any suggestion of proof, and it got me thinking. Did the writer hear it himself? Did he have access to people who would tell him the truth about it? Did it strike him as an interesting thought while in the shower? Did someone whisper it to him?

And I wondered what would happen if Sehwag sued him and the newspaper. Could they hide behind the old "we can't reveal our sources" line that is sometimes essential but at most times a flimsy excuse? And what if Sehwag then used the same "won't reveal sources" line and called the writer a deranged lunatic and the newspaper a source of terrorist funding? Where does it end, and more relevant to us, where is it taking reporting of sport?

Predictably the Indian media took it up amidst desperate attempts to find sinister meaning in a go-karting excursion. And on Twitter many people asked me "to give it back to them", thus raising the possibility of a second contest on tour. But surely the media's job is to report the only contest there should be: on the field of play between two sets of players. Or do we fall into the trap of believing that we are part of the plan to dismantle the opposition? Do some of us run the risk of thinking we take a wicket or two as well?

In 2007-08, soon after the extremely ugly events of Sydney I asked one of the reporters from the Australian, a newspaper that had routinely cast an acerbic, contemptuous look at Indian cricket, out to dinner. To be honest, I was keen to know what kind of person he was, and I almost expected to meet someone full of hatred. Instead, I made a friend. I found him very sensitive to different cultures, with a love for travel and history, but also to be someone who talked about the compulsions of having to project a certain stance for the public.

I disagreed, because I refused to believe that cricket followers who pay good money to follow sport are driven by this jingoistic nonsense; certainly I did not meet a single Australian in 2008 whose views echoed that of the newspaper. I found instead that the people of Australia, inevitably great sports lovers and admirers of a good contest, did not believe that the behaviour of their cricket team and the stance of the media were representative of them as a country. You only have to see the extremely warm reception India's cricketers have got from crowds in Melbourne and Sydney this time around as proof.

I hear similar arguments from reporters of news channels - about the need to sensationalise, even to be vitriolic, because that is what the public wants. Every statement is an affront, a challenge, almost as if it is inspired by a politician addressing a rally. I was once at the other end of a telephone line, awaiting my turn on air in a phone-in, and I thought I was hearing a script that Salim-Javed might have written for Amitabh Bachchan in Deewaar.

Now I could be completely wrong, and I could be rightly accused of not knowing how the rating wars work, but what I do know is that the people in the media I looked up to and still do, the most widely respected, don't feel the need to take sides, or to deliver speeches on air, or to take wickets in their columns. They don't go to war every day. They describe, they inform, they paint a picture, and they put things in perspective, and the much maligned "public" seems to like them doing that.

And so I wonder as I look ahead to a cricket match, not a media tussle, in Perth. Are we leaving the right legacy? Have we been custodians of the game as we expect others to be? Do we do in our profession what we lambast others for doing in theirs? And have we got this whole business of sport wrong? Do we, in spite of the posturing at press conferences, read too much into what is essentially a contest on a field of play between two teams?

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • kurups on January 16, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    well said Tram,...kind of sums it up why the team is losing...its a collective failure! Oz might lose in India but definitely not as one sided as it was here. individual brilliance will not win you matches consistently..it has to be a team work and Indians are found wanting in all aspects of the game!!

  • Rawlonski on January 15, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    A good article, but let's be honest and recognise that the same article could have been written about any countries press - England, South Africa and yes... India.

    The sensational sells.... and you will always have press that play to that.

  • gsudhir on January 15, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    hi ! Harsha ! well, dhoni was telling that he will take a decision in 2013 whether to play test cricket or not. Why don't he retires from IPL and champions league right now and play longer for the country. By continuing to play in IPL many player did not got rest and got injured. Some of them took a break after playing in IPL. So IPL was more important for them than playing for the country. Even sachin played in IPL and did not toured the west indies. So playing for a franchisee was important rather than playing for country. Players and the board played with the emotions of 120 billion Indians. Players and board should remember that this is the interest of 120 billion people which has brought money and fame in cricket. Moreover Indian players are mentally and technically ill prepared for playing on green top. They loose the battle on seeing a quick wicket even before it begins. senior players like laxman , dravid has to go. Sehwag is poor in overseas tests .

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    U should teach this to Mr. Chappel.

  • sheku125 on January 15, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Harsha, you are right as you are most of the times. The main problem lies with the Indian Media which fuels the jingoistic Indian fans many of whom think that no other country deserves to be rated at par with the Indian Cricket Team, which excels more in the sub continent conditions. What is the logic in blaming supporters who support other teams when watching matches in India? We are very proud when Indians settled abroad with all rights of local citizen support Indian teams when we tour that country. No one in those countries call them unpatriotic and abuse them.

  • on January 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I would like to ask a simple Question to great Indian Cricketers who are sitting in n speaking cricket... n to Cricket Extra team.. Is there any one in this world to teach the Indian team how to play pull n hook shots... Coz they are playing these shots as if they are playing dandia in some dandia class room

  • on January 15, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Harsh...come back to ESPN STAR commentary team...sick and tired listening to Ganguly and Tom Moody...Come back Please

  • unregisteredalien on January 15, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Having heard you commentating on ABC radio yesterday, where you vehemently and repeatedly accused the Australians of "pretending" to have heard an edge when appealing for a catch and wouldn't let Kerry O'Keeffe get a word in edgeways, this comes across as more than a little hypocritical.

  • natmastak_so-called on January 15, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    this is one of the rare sensible article on this site.thank you mr. bhogle .

  • on January 15, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    The media, the fans will always talk, but facing good balling outswinging and inswinging good line and length at 140 to 150 kph consistent variation was the real key to a seasoned Indian batting line up failure--- it's time upcoming players are in India are exposed to overseas condition and pitches need to sponsor young players to play overseas, blame game will continue time immemorial the real question is how we improve our game with a positive attitude, first recognize our weakness and then find strength to learn from mistakes.

  • kurups on January 16, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    well said Tram,...kind of sums it up why the team is losing...its a collective failure! Oz might lose in India but definitely not as one sided as it was here. individual brilliance will not win you matches consistently..it has to be a team work and Indians are found wanting in all aspects of the game!!

  • Rawlonski on January 15, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    A good article, but let's be honest and recognise that the same article could have been written about any countries press - England, South Africa and yes... India.

    The sensational sells.... and you will always have press that play to that.

  • gsudhir on January 15, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    hi ! Harsha ! well, dhoni was telling that he will take a decision in 2013 whether to play test cricket or not. Why don't he retires from IPL and champions league right now and play longer for the country. By continuing to play in IPL many player did not got rest and got injured. Some of them took a break after playing in IPL. So IPL was more important for them than playing for the country. Even sachin played in IPL and did not toured the west indies. So playing for a franchisee was important rather than playing for country. Players and the board played with the emotions of 120 billion Indians. Players and board should remember that this is the interest of 120 billion people which has brought money and fame in cricket. Moreover Indian players are mentally and technically ill prepared for playing on green top. They loose the battle on seeing a quick wicket even before it begins. senior players like laxman , dravid has to go. Sehwag is poor in overseas tests .

  • on January 15, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    U should teach this to Mr. Chappel.

  • sheku125 on January 15, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Harsha, you are right as you are most of the times. The main problem lies with the Indian Media which fuels the jingoistic Indian fans many of whom think that no other country deserves to be rated at par with the Indian Cricket Team, which excels more in the sub continent conditions. What is the logic in blaming supporters who support other teams when watching matches in India? We are very proud when Indians settled abroad with all rights of local citizen support Indian teams when we tour that country. No one in those countries call them unpatriotic and abuse them.

  • on January 15, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I would like to ask a simple Question to great Indian Cricketers who are sitting in n speaking cricket... n to Cricket Extra team.. Is there any one in this world to teach the Indian team how to play pull n hook shots... Coz they are playing these shots as if they are playing dandia in some dandia class room

  • on January 15, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Harsh...come back to ESPN STAR commentary team...sick and tired listening to Ganguly and Tom Moody...Come back Please

  • unregisteredalien on January 15, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Having heard you commentating on ABC radio yesterday, where you vehemently and repeatedly accused the Australians of "pretending" to have heard an edge when appealing for a catch and wouldn't let Kerry O'Keeffe get a word in edgeways, this comes across as more than a little hypocritical.

  • natmastak_so-called on January 15, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    this is one of the rare sensible article on this site.thank you mr. bhogle .

  • on January 15, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    The media, the fans will always talk, but facing good balling outswinging and inswinging good line and length at 140 to 150 kph consistent variation was the real key to a seasoned Indian batting line up failure--- it's time upcoming players are in India are exposed to overseas condition and pitches need to sponsor young players to play overseas, blame game will continue time immemorial the real question is how we improve our game with a positive attitude, first recognize our weakness and then find strength to learn from mistakes.

  • Naresh28 on January 15, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    @whyowhy you should hear the Oz commentary it is the exact opposite. There is no objective commentary these days.

  • Itchy on January 14, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    @Adit Yadav: obviously haven't been watching any of the games, have you? All players have been given a warm reception by the Australian crowds, by and large. There are always a few fools in every crwod who want to stir up trouble but they are the exception not the rule.

    On jounalistic integrity, has Harsha forgotten his previous unofficial role as IPL cheer squad member?

  • Daveptee on January 14, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Apllies to you as well, Bhogle.....you are not a cricketer, you are a media person

  • NairUSA on January 14, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Good article Harsha. While there are no excuses for Indian team's performance, the aussie rumor mongers seems to have a field day. As trash tabloids, their aim is just to increase circulation amongst their country folks. That's all.

  • on January 14, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Excellent work as usual, Harsha. As an Australian myself, I have to say the media issue is a very serious one in this country. The media in general has stopped being representative of the people as a whole with their viewpoints, but never stopped claiming to represent how Australia feels on an any given issue. The Sydney test was a good example, because I met nobody who thought that Australia had behaved abhorrently in the match yet that was the argument of every single media outlet. There have been more sinister examples since, even politics and global warming. When the media starts effectively silencing its people something is seriously wrong and it's a relief that it's being noticed by somebody at least.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Take my bows Harsa! @Nutcutlet - to the point, terse and hats off! Nothing more to say. The pindrop silence that we come across in India when an opposition batsman sweats it out for his country, is just a sickening feeling for me as an Indian fan. Indian crowds can be so ignorant, full of themselves, parochial and blinkered. Worse still, the Indian crowds' appreciation of players other than Sachin is bare minimum. There must be a reason why Dravid, VVS and other lesser recognised players love to play in England, SA and Australia. Appreciation Harsha, appreciation. That's what they ask from us. When the Indian fan can be so ignorant, parochial and blinkered why blame the media? Media is just serving what the fans are relishing, unfortunately in all this ruckus, the sane fan's voice gets lost and fans from other countries would make a statement on all of us with one broad stroke. @Ramachandra Shetty, hats off Sir. Very well said!

  • on January 14, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    It annoys me watching those news channels abusing the passion of indian masses for cricket,for the ratings and profits. Now they r talking the same things they did when india were underperforming in england. . , did they really believe that the problems were sorted out when india beat westindies in home. . ? When it comes to unbiased reporting,thats preety much an impossible task. . .

  • keencricketer on January 14, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I agree with Harsha and perhaps the press on both sides should take a responsible view and perhaps highlight the merits and demerits of technique and play. That will help the game gain more respect and growth.

  • on January 14, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Harsha we are missing you in the cricket extra show after the match.You were really terrific facilitator for the show.

  • m_ilind on January 14, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Indian cricket is fast becoming one of those TV "soap operas", which are meant to keep the viewer interest alive, especially when nothing much is happening on the field for the fans to cheer about! Kudos media, keep up the good work!

  • Ed_Lamb on January 14, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    You've raised a key issue about journalism these days and one that I'm not sure there's a solution for. It's more important for a journalist to be sensational or controversial than it is to be accurate. In the UK our journalists regularly attack our own team to try to boost their readership (less so the cricket team lately although Kevin Pietersen always gets more stick than he should, more the football team every time we approach a major tournament), so I'm not sure they're motivated by trying to damage the opposition's chances. Just whatever stirs up debate and gets people reading the article, even if they are only reading it to laugh at it or, online, to register disgust in the comments section.

  • on January 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Harsha, I think you should set an example and reply to these posts being put up here. Some of these people here, have very interesting views and most seem to have posted sincere messages of appreciation.

  • pr3m on January 14, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    My previous comment didn't get through, but somebody calling the Indian press gutter is approved. Good going, whoever it is that checks these.

  • on January 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Harsha you are my favourite commentator since i started watching cricket. Really missing you in espnstar com box. My suggestion to them, please provide channel 9 feed. This commentary team is boring. There is nothing to enjoy in cricket, atleast we will enjoy the commentary

  • AidanFX on January 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Don't deny the Aus media is ruthless - In all sports there is so much hearsay and opinions reported as fact. There is also sensationalism; twisting players from their press conferences. But the Indian media has a similar reputation. Not too mention the leading that India are a squeaky clean team and Aus are bandits (seems to be your slant Harsha) is so far from reality.

  • sandeep1978 on January 14, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I really dont understand why some people dont read an article properly before commenting on it. Especially the pak comments here . Harsha has targeted every media nation here including India about the biased reporting. So plz, some sense before writing nonsense.I fully agree with him , especially abt the Tv media,in india which is highly embarrasing and cringeworthy.They make outrageous claims and comments abt one and everyone and deserve to be sued. And i mean, the INDIAN news channels .

  • xylo on January 14, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    A honorable reference to Times Of India, and Rediff is missing!

  • on January 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Those who disagree with this article - Just read the reporting about the Perth 'pitch drinks episode' in Times of India and compare it to the one published in CricInfo. TOOI tries it's best to whip up the sentiments. That's how bad reporting in Indian press is at the moment.

    @Nutcutlet - You are right on money. Unfortunately, this breed of fanatics is the one which is making most of the noise in the cricinfo comments. Sad, but ture.

  • TheBengalTiger on January 14, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Nutcutlet-Touring teams get so much respect from Indian fans its unbelievable. Your views are incredibly igonrant. Australians fans, meida, and players abuse Indian cricketers and the country itself no end. Indian fans are the most passionaite fans, dont you dare try and take the moral high ground.

  • ManzurManutd on January 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Media would not have indulged heavily,if the team could perform reasonably well.The defeat is not always bad but the way India got beaten as if they will keep losing for ever.Media would be cruel when you are seriously underperformed,that may not sound logical but that's the case for decades.

    By pointing on media's wrong doing Mr.HARSHA can't just conceal the batters bad performance.

  • kabe_ag7 on January 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - If you wanted to judge the tastes of Indians fans, you might notice that it's a guy like Harsha who made it big in India as a non-cricketer commentator and analyst than somebody like chief cricket editors of The Age, SMH and News Group. I'd like to know which editors of which Indian newspapers you were referring to when you referred to 'gutter press' of India. With the exception of Times of India on occasions, most big newspapers are extremely well balanced and definitely don't employ the pervasive contemptuous tone I'm witnessing on this tour.

  • kabe_ag7 on January 14, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Nutcutlet First of all, you clearly don't know much about 'overwhelming majority of Indian fans'. For that you will have to interact with them. I have and apparently you haven't. As for unbalanced fans, there are plenty on both sides. (Though your ex of Master91blaster was wrong who I thought was just describing what happens not endorsing it.) If I were to be as lazy as you were, I could say the same applies to a huge number of Australian fans and sports analyst on twitter and various forums. But I know it'd be unfair to so many who aren't like that. Second, this article was about media not fans, and the fact that media has a huge responsibility to act constructively. There is a lot of gutter press in India if you want to go looking for it. But you can find some good newspapers too. I suggest you read Hindu. Now I know Conn is a useless writer and News Ltd. 'gutter press' but I thought SMH was a good paper, but was appalled by the reports, including its chief writer on this tour.

  • on January 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Read the first paragraph, and i had already decided this was an excellent article.

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Good article Harsha. You've hit the nail on the head here.

  • Nutcutlet on January 14, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Harsha, you are a gent, urbane and educated, and entitled to take the high moral ground over this issue as an individual. the same cannot be said of the overwhelming majority of your countrymen who purport to be cricket fans. They love rubbishing the oppo; believe that their players are superhuman, or worse, gods - and cannot maintain a balanced outlook. Take the revealing confession of @Masterblaster91 in this thread; he says,'If it [rivalry / hatred] is popular, I want to follow it.' There you have it. Where does he get this vitriol from ? - why, the gutter press, of course - in India. How does this popular whipped-up hatred manifest itself? In a churlish attitude towards visiting teams in India who receive no appreciation from the one-eyed Indian fans, no matter how hard or well they play. They only go to see one team and sometimes even only one player (guess?) and leave the stadium in droves when he's out. Point taken, I hope?

  • usama on January 14, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    And Sunil Gavaskar agree that the team is not united. "Captains need help because they are under pressure every time," he said on NDTV. "They need a vice-captain or a senior player who is going to come up at regular intervals and say, look, maybe try something different. And I don't think Dhoni is getting that ... Everybody is in their own cocoon, and that's where Dhoni needs a lot more interaction from the group itself." so if your own ex captain is saying that, media will obvioulsy talk about it and exaggerate the issue.

  • usama on January 14, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Wow. why don't you just accept the fact that indian team is performing poorly on this tour. obviously you don't have anything good to write about indian cricket atm, you decided to just spice things up for your media and write such an article. i love cricket and doesn't matter who is playing enjoy a good contest. Laxman being one of my favourite players. but in all honesty this team just did not perform well on this tour and england tour as well. things need to be shaken. media will always write stuff to discourage the opponent and create a rift. look at pakistan, with all that had been going on since the spot fixing scandal, they still played as a team and are not in a decent position. they did not let the media affect them so if this is your excuse then its very lame. indian media as pointed out by other people called this the agnipath series. what was that about? and what about all the non sense before india-pak semi final? media will always hype things up. GROW UP MR.BHOGLE

  • smudgeon on January 14, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    This is why I never read too much from the mainstream press when it comes to cricket, only the day's reportingl stuff which usually comes from Reuters or AAP anyway. Cricinfo is pretty much the only media outlet I trust to keep an even-handed view & not unneccessarily stir up trouble!

  • TRAM on January 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    yep, yep. Who said there is rift within the Indian team ? That reporter is horribly wrong. Indians are 200% united. All are uninomously determined NOT to perform. I think that reporter misunderstood since each player's approach is different. Sehwag's approach is to get out within 10 deliveries he faces. SRT's approach is to play for some time, show his class and then get out at critical time, such as when new ball is to be taken or end of the day or session. Dravid's/Kohli's approach is to score 40+ runs once every 6-8 innings and then drop sitters at slip position. Gambhir/VVS approach is to score once in 12 innnings. Zaheer's approach is to show his class bowling for exactly 30 minutes every day. Each one has his own style. But the same common goal.

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Yes Harsha,media does not play cricket and they play everything other than cricket for the sake of TRP and ignorant cricket fans who tend to forget the fact that cricket is just a game.We are old timers who appreciate the opponents for their quality,believe in spirit of the game,but sadly jingoism,hero worshiping,one sided analysis has taken over sane voices.I feel sad as a Indian when fans applause good shots played by our cricketers only and observe pin drop silence even when a magnificent shot played by opponent.Such things does not happen in England,Australia or South Africa.This is all about legacy,where a game is played purely as a game and not as a war and here in India we have set a bad legacy.Everything here is over the top..in success and in failure.

  • shailbuch on January 14, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    I was 8 years old in 1996 when India toured England. My dad and grandfather and the world cup fever had given me enough introduction about Cricket to like watching the game being played. Everything else I know about it, you are the reason for that knowledge Hrsha Bhogle. I love the game, the way you look at it. The UDRS post few months back by you made me think that BCCI may have put some kind of a pressure on the most neutral cricket mind that exists today. Definitely not Money pressure like some othe so called Indian legends and commentators who make people hate India more these days by brainless defence of brainless decisions taken by brainless BCCI officials. But after reading this piece, I respect you more than I ever did. Thank you for being the Abhimanyu in this chakravyuh of cricket journalism.

  • on January 14, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Nice article Mr. Bhogle,but disagree with you when you write, "You only have to see the extremely warm reception India's cricketers have got from crowds in Melbourne and Sydney this time around as proof."I mean,seriously??? When a player albeit, a temperamental one sticks out his middle finger towards the crowd, now,I wouldn't count the reception as warm,would we?

  • abhijeet1in on January 14, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    What a populist article! Our cricketers; our overpaid, beloved, overpaid, overpraised and overpaid cricketers have lost last six away matches in a horrific fashion and are right now conceding 7th one in perth. Not to mention the loss of no. one test ranking and fitness standard of an old age home. And you think mediapersons are the one doing a bad job? Mr Bhogle, its about time you quit from your unofficial excuse coordinator of indian cricket team and act like a real cricket lover and critic. I have tons of respect for your work, especially considering how you have managed to not just survive but thrive in a field where any retired cricketer with a vocabulary of 8 year old is valued more than a real commentator or journalist. But you yourself know that the cricketers either don't read these things or care for them. Fans get frustrated at the media because as much as they want, they can't get their own opinion on tv/newspapers. If they could, trust me, no one would be complaining.

  • on January 14, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    I believe Mr. Bhogle is talking about Malcom Conn here. Unfortunately, Mr. Conn has generally lived up to his surname by perpetrating the most atrocious bile in the guise of "journalism" on an unsuspecting Australian public.

  • ManCalledViky on January 14, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    A very well written article... very thoughtful. Sometimes it's media that plays the games.

  • mick82 on January 14, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    As an Aussie i cant stand our media. And neither can any of my mates. Its all non sense and nobody should take any of it to heart.

  • on January 14, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Mr. Bhogle neglects to mention if he bothered to ask his old friend how he came by the information that Sehwag was causing a rift in the Indian team. One might accuse Mr. Bhogle of a little sensationalism himself, nothing like a little innuendo that the writer may have made the whole thing up to give his article a little spice. Whether he does this for effect or not, it is clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

  • RJHB on January 14, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Balanced, unbiased and fair views and attitudes from home media and fans is a rarity worldwide, its not just an Australian thing. India is certainly no exception and the most recent example of the India v. Pakistan WC semi-final media goings on as brought up in a number of comments here, is an obvious example. I just think some people are rather over sensitive to this kind of thing, which is fine. But there are also some peoples, plural, that are living in a big ivory tower and look down at others as if they're peasants and racists. To those peoples I say, look in your own backyard before casting aspersions about others!

  • kanem on January 14, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    harsha is a funny man sometimes - this happens on every tour in the world, Aust in Eng, Eng in India, India in Aust, Eng in SA, Aust in India...everytime, everywhere. Harsha often writes/commentates with one eye closed to the game...Harsha you always try to portray this 'balanced' view of the game and its events, but you fail so often to do this because of your fanatical support for your nation...and there is nothing wrong with being passionate about your country - just dont try to spin it otherwise cause you lose credibility when you do.

  • AOUM on January 14, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Great article HB. You are spot on with your comments. You will need a great HB or a great cricket fan to comment only on what happens on the field. I am an Indian migrated and settled in AUstralia, working with locals all around me. And i agree that majority of the locals respect this Indian team especially the FAB 4. They are dissapointed with the show put by the Indian team till date. WHat we need a contest between the two on the field and not between the media. But unfortunately, the likes of IPL which has no doubt given the so called bench strength to Indian cricket has also faltered on the expectations of the cricket FAN. This same Indian cricket team will be fit and in form for there respective IPL teams in the next 3 months. Why and How??? And the same media will also praise the cricketers for therer show in IPL. As a cricket FAN what do i do, does the media care about the same.

  • Fireballz on January 14, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Great article! I think people are misinterpreting it though. Mr Bogle is not making an excuse on the Indians behalf, in fact he is downplaying the impact the media have on the result of a game. I believe he is saying that the media's role is to report on the on-field contest rather than try to incite bad relations like the media have in the last week by over-selling a supposed rift between Brad Haddin and Zaheer Kahn. I think media all around the world need to take note of this article and stick to the on field matters until there is and off field drama worthy of reporting on. Worthy drama: Spot-fixing. Unworthy drama: After work beers by the curators.

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Great article...............Media taking the psychological warfare on players.....This can happen all the time........................

  • SaravananIsTheBest on January 14, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Harsha, Take this, Ulitmate is the Word !!!

  • qasim.haider1 on January 14, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    i wonder why Mr. Harsha Bhogle did not write any such article before the pakistan-india world cup semi-final, when the indian media were doing the same thing with the pakistan team, the australian media are just giving the indians a taste of their own medicine...............

  • criclover112 on January 13, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Ironic that an Indian is writing about the media sensationalizing issues and making uo stories. The joke that is better known as the indian media indulges in these activities far more than any other media in the world (maybe except fox news).

  • on January 13, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Sir Harsha! its lame excuse! i still remember how indian media was active in world cup 2011 and was targeting pakistan for their practise tactics. But i never heard any pakistani player used it as an excuse.

  • Yazdegerd on January 13, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    BCCI paid many Anchor persons and TV commentator to make storm Catherina out of water bubble.

  • TopC on January 13, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Not only well written, Harsha, but also well said. Australia is a wonderful country; its people are, in the main, warm and friendly; and there is such a fantastic array of gifted sports men and women here for us to admire and applaud. However, I have lived in Australia 25 years, and been a citizen for 23, and even now I find it very difficult to support Australian sporting teams! This is primarily because of the ultra confrontational attitude of so many (the majority ?) reporters and commentators, particularly in the lead up to keenly anticipated contests. A degree of banter, chaffing and even good natured sledging might be fun, but most of them don't seem to recognise the the line between fun and offensive rudeness. It is so difficult to find a balanced view of the opposition expressed in the media and, as a consequence, I often find myself losing interest, or even supporting the opposition whoever they are. C'mon Aussie reporters/supporters, LIFT YOUR GAME !

  • Vilander on January 13, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    ITS JUST A GAME, LETS GET ON WITH IT.

  • Romansoul23 on January 13, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Mr. Bhogle: It is indeed a nice attempt to cover up the Indian failure on the tour so far. After this article, my sincere advice is to change your name to Harsha Bhag le ;)

  • Jaggadaaku on January 13, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Well, if you look at the recent few series, you would understand that causing the rift in Indian team by Veeru is 100 percent true. Veeru always plays cricket arrogantly and his own style no matter what is the situation and consequences of his team. Inspiring by Veeru's game, Ishant also bowls his own style no matter where the whole fielders are. Dhoni put 8 fielders on the off-side, but Ishant bowls most balls on middle and few on out-side leg. Some of his out side of leg balls, the bear belly wicket-keeper(dHONI) can't field and those balls produce fours. If those balls play by the batsmen no matter how-in the air or down the ground, there are no one to field or catch because the whole fielding is on the off-side. The another person inspired by Sehwag is, Delhi-boy and Sehwag's own mate and pal-Gambhir. Gambhir lost his skills, form and techniques or we can say the opposition found his weakness. Gambhir always getting out in slips, gully, behind the stumps. Never listen to any1....

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Harsha should know he torpedoed Saurav :) ;)

  • PutMarshyOn on January 13, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    The voice of reason as usual, Harsha. Couldn't agree more. I for one am sick of the juvenile tribalism that "informs" the excrement sprayed about by large sections of the media. All in the name of the annual shareholders report. Wonderful.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    hmm.....with respect i dont agree with the author... he spends the first paragraph playing on "his side's behalf"... are we to take his word that nothing is going on with sehwag? may be there is and may be there is not. you cant write an article lecturing on ethics by trying to take the high road on jingoism and then spending the opening paragraph defending your own....loses credibility i am afraid.

  • Rahulbose on January 13, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Who cares what motivates journalists? Isn't it obvious its moolah and fame, they will do anything and write anything for it.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    lol, stop crying folks, india should leave the test cricket just play ipl and odi's, india not sufficient enough to play test cricket,

  • hammadfayyaz on January 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Why is that when it comes to India, they call it "media hype" and when it comes to Pakistan, they call it "media is free and entertaining". Dont be biased guys. If you have in-house and cables, you need to have news, spices, entertainment. if there is no news, people create news. It happens in India, US, UK, Aus/NZ etc. Remain unbiased and stay calm. Remove all the doubts by performances. Spicy news only become headlines when they find fertile grounds i.e. lack of performances.

  • Noboundary on January 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Well written and I agree mostly. But there is another side to it.... I have seen media very biased in the way they eulogize some of the known great names in Indian cricket. Nobody objects to that is it suits the players... only when it goes wrong like this one they notice media wrong doing! Everyone agrees that our senior players had played exceptionally well during their prime... but to shamelessly pamper them and pour accolades when they are failing is a disservice to Indian cricket.

  • chandar_77 on January 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    after long, what was in my mind, has been articulated really well by Harsha.More than Cricket only side stories are reported in Media.

  • gaytonde on January 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Well, Mr. Harsha Bhogle DIDN'T PLAY CRICKET EITHER!!! :)

  • asaduzzaman-khan on January 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Horrible!!! When Indian media writes on other country's team, no problem.... This time, when a piece, because of the cat- like performance of India--- you can't tolerate!!!

  • Chandrurec5 on January 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Mr. Harsha Bhogle, "You are that media"

  • aks1812 on January 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Mr. Harsha has spent so much energy on writing this article and not even one fourth on writing anything about the cause of INDIAN Team problems in Australia. Good going Harsha. And as far as about the truth of rift in the team. Just look at todays peformance in the perth and everything will be clear....

  • aks1812 on January 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Mr. Harsha has so much energy on writing this article and not even one fourth on writing anything about the cause of INDIAN Team problems in Australia. Good going Harsha. And as far as about the truth of rift in the team. Just look at todays peformance in the perth and everything will be clear....

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Well written, I agree completely. As an Aussie I try not to get too annoyed because most Indian people I meet in person are fine. But the Aus media and Indian media like to pit us all against each other. This is such an irresponsible and harmful thing to do in the name of making money. You could argue they are as unethical as the tobacco companies.

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Yes, you are absolutely right!! our team members can't display on the field but too much talk(display) off the field!! surely Indian team will loss 4-0!!

  • JLM123 on January 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Great article Harsha. I totally agree with the points you have made, well done.

  • AndyDingley on January 13, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Once again Harsha, you are proving yourself as a quality journalist. While some fans want to read confirmation of their own one-eyed jingoism, cricket lovers want to know what happened and why, and know when their team is criticised they deserve it and when praised it is comment worth reading.

    I don't agree that we should shrug our shoulders and say "this is the modern age". We are custodians of a sport whose journalistic traditions are the envy of all other sports, and we we should relinquish that with great reluctance.

    I commend your stance and encourage others to follow, not you them.

  • sankar8000 on January 13, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Sehwag Should have sued that irresponsible writer....Is media listening??

  • BnH1985Fan on January 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Mr. Bhogle -- Good article, although media does both: create and destroy player reputations via its nudges. Sehwag may well have legitimate points to sue the reporter, but he has also benefitted from reporters who showered him with glowing, at times undeserving praise. It is the increase in media volume that has led to this situation (sports channels, news channels that glorify sports, magazines, websites and what have you). And this nudging is prevalent not just in sports, but in politics and world of business as well.

    And lets face it, without excess media, we'd have never heard of the likes of you! In the good old days comentary was more of less the job of retired cricket players who could also hold the mike.

  • vknaresh on January 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    The media "create such news" so that they can report on it rather than Report & Analyze it- TRP points is one reason.

  • anshu.s on January 13, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Very well written article Harsha !! Indian Media has descended into gutter journalism these days,i mean whenever a cricket series is on all the news channels headlines is all about cricket news and all the other news is relegated to sidelines,this is an unhealthy obsession by the media and this overkill leads to sesationalism and jingoism,poor cricket experts who come on the show are helpless as the over the top editorial team set the agenda .... these people are like chamelions changing there colours depending on the performance of the Indian team, no body bothers about the domestic cricket or u-19 cricket or take a long term perpective,honestly they look like a lynch mob most of the times,sadly this is a very sad reality show n time has come somebody pull the plug ....

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Cricket is not the only sport (or for that matter, only thing news worthy) that suffers from the ratings war that goes on in the media. Politics is the other thing that suffers from media sensationalism. I think it comes when"pundits" - those with no real training in media or journalism - start to feel they have something valid to contribute. All the public gets is screeching of higher and higher pitch.

    But its good to see that there are still a few who call themselves journalists that respect the public and can write true opinion pieces without resorting to vitriol.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    wow mr harsha you dont really like it right? but do u remember paksitan india semi final when whole indian media was busy in stupid propoganda against pakistani team where were your ethics then? what hypocryte you people are. desrve this and getting what u SOW

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    "Media" is a plural noun (plural of medium), therefore, "The Media don't play cirkcet"

  • vallavarayar on January 13, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Dunno about the media, but his writings reveal that Bhogle has never played cricket. Even in cricket matches between two neighbouring streets there is a certain amount of needling and jingoism. A journalist, who routinely spouts irrelevancies when commenting would be the last person to understand how the players feel.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    What a nice game by Australia, the so called legends of my country are yet crumbling on test grounds abroad. CONGRATS BCCI and INDIAN CRICKET TEAM for making it yet ANOTHER MILESTONE IN ESTABLISHMENT OF IPL and losing respect, legendary and class in cricket. Dhoni's gesture regarding test makes HIM ELIGIBLE for summarily fired out of Indian cricket team!! No surprises after a super-prestigious and wealthy IPL I can expect even SACHIN too running behind money. BECAUSE THERE MAIN FOCUS IS IPL AND PLAYING FOR INDIA IS LIKE A QUALIFYING ROUND.

  • Master91Blaster on January 13, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    In todays society, the pubic want rivalry. We live in a hugley competitive enviornment. The public see's it as this. If it is popular, I want to follow it. If they see cricket as being popular they will follow it simply becuase eberyone else is doing so.

    The public pay good money to watch sporting events, whether that is live or on telly. The pulic want to feel that what they are following/watching is talked about, so that they don't feel isolated to the rest of the world.

    To spice things up and gain a bit of interest the media livens up the match, pre-match talk is all about rivalry. Hatred. This is what people want to see. They will then think that this mach is worth watching becuase the media has hyped it up soo much. I agree it is only 2 teams playing a match of cricket at the end of gthe day, however if gthe public read into the media's hype, fo all they know it is 2 nations going to war.

    The media is everything and everywhere!

  • Slysta on January 13, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Agreed Harsha. There is a fundamental disconnect in Australia between the sneering News Ltd press and the public. Even last year, when England were flogging us, most of us were embarrassed about the team's performance but willing to give credit to England for being so much better in all facets of the game. But to read coverage of the series, you'd barely have known England were playing: they couldn't be derided, so they had to be ignored while our press shredded our own side, in the basest tradition of Fleet Street. And there remains a depressing sameness about Australian cricket press coverage: everyone seems to hold the same opinions, especially in this post-Roebuck era. Much prefer surfing the Indian cricket press, where there is a genuine diversity of views. Either way, Harsha, don't ever change your own style. You enrich the ABC commentary with every stint you contribute to it, and you will always be welcome on my radio waves!

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Ironic to hear that from someone belonging to indian media. They do it the most, I believe that is called psychological warfare (lolz). Media always potrey these controversies and consipiracy theories to sell the product. Fair journalism is just a subject every one recites but for exams only, never used in practice. Like some dead language.

  • on January 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Indian commentator's reaction to the "hate media".

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    i appreciate harsha's reviews and opinion.but we cannot blame the Australian media for so called reports that there is some dispute going on between MSD and VEERU.why i am saying this?the main reason for that in the past also some dramas happened around Indian team between shewag and dhoni..now i remember one of these shewag was not played some matches.the reports say he had an injury.meanwhile some other reports says he was 100% fit.only the reason for not playing there is a dispute with the dhoni.so whatever the media saying i believe if the smoke is there,definitely some fire too...harsha" thanks for brought this matter on your column.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Great sentiment. I saw the ads on Star sport (I think) promoting the Aus-India series and they were terrible. Ganguly sitting on a chair saying how tough it is to tour Aus and how you have to fight hard and give "it" back (whatever "it" is). Can't we just allow the battles to be between bat and ball?

  • panther23 on January 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Dear B i think every team was suffered from this kinds of reports and media of every cricket nations is trying to distract the opponents from game by using this kind of tactics, however all the teams have to manage their focus on game in these circumtances and we have to admit that these kinds of articles does not support our great cricketers (someone is playing for ton of tons, some are playing to ensure their existance in Test Side and someone want to see the perth ground because last two times misses the chance picnic) bad performance.

  • BellCurve on January 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I live in continental Europe where cricket is not covered by the television networks. I therefore have no choice but to watch live streaming on the internet. Most of the streaming comes from India. The Indian pundits always leave me dumbfounded. Their views and believes bear hardly any resemblance to reality. Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly are held in higher esteem than Kallis. Zaheer is mentioned in the same breath as Steyn and McGrath. Kapil Dev is compared Imran Khan, Keith Miller and Garfield Sobers. For any true student of the game these Indian-centric ideas can be hard to swallow. But it also makes life interesting.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    sir with due respect, this exactly what indian news channels do, just for TRP, they create a story out of nothing, u must remember the " KAALA PATHAR" news abt pakistan, prior to their semis counter against india :p

  • 4test90 on January 13, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I remember the day before the Boxing Day Test in 1995 at the MCG vs Sri Lanka. There was a long article written in the Melbourne paper about how the umpires would be negligent and not doing their job if they did not call Murali for throwing. Sure enough the next day he was called and the paper suddenly reversed its stance - calling umpire Hair high handed and wrong !! That summer and the Indian one of 2007/08 were most unpleasant and I blame the media for provoking and inciting trouble.

  • k.mithilesh on January 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    A stint out of the Star Cricket Studios is doing a lot of good to your writing. It is as if you have abandoned cheap thrills of T20 to the elegant joys of test cricket. Way to go.

  • Smithie on January 13, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    You obviously did not speak to the many Aus supporters who were horrified in 2008 by CA failing to adequately support their players and their Captain who simply followed ICC rules to report racist sledging. They were horrified because of the standover tactics of the BCCI threatening to call off the tour if Bucknor was not removed and horrified how the Aus players were hung out to dry by the subsequent enquiry where Bhajii's appalling disciplinary record was kept from the Judge. Roebuck's rank against Ponting over the incident had him almost run out of town. So don't say the press reporting of the unsavoury incident was not representative of MANY Aussie cricket fans. Unbiased reporting is all that fans need and that proves difficult for many - including you Harsh where DRS is concerned.

  • jkaussie on January 13, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Well done Harsha, a pertinent piece. I first saw the article you mentioned on another site, and when I saw the author, I posted there "another piece of wonderful fiction for "writer x". Yourself, Peter Roebuck, Gideon Haigh, Michael Atherton, Tim Lane and Tony Cozier are examples of what I believe a majority of informed cricket followers would like to read. We mightn't always agree but at least the arguments put forward are well thought out and honest opinions - importantly, opinions not afraid to challenge and question.

  • on January 13, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Very indsightful. I was so tired of the Indian media nonsense. Saying petty things like the team should practice instead of going carting. If only they knew how much a sports person puts into each & every game. Its very easy commenting on the players, while sitting in your AC rooms & laptops. At the end of the day these palyers are representing the country, they are BEST we have and all we can do is be with them in their tough times, they are bound to come back. Your article does explain why these channels needs to sensationalize everything. Hope someday they understand the difference between a 'War' and a 'Game'.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    The worst media in this regard is the Indian Media. They are disgusting, I remember what they did before the Pak v India WC semi-final. The totally made it out as a military war between the two nations, and caused even more hatred between the supporters of the two countries. Harsha, please write something about the sickening mindset of the Indian Media as well. Not just the Aussie.

  • anjumamin on January 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Harsha it is taste of your own medicine, in trying to portray itself as cricketing world's champion Indian media do things which are similar in nature. The fact is that Indian team is losing and there are very few friends when a team is losing. So keep your fingers crossed and wait for some more Aussie assault.

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    welcome to australian media harsha. full of nimby's and wanna be's with no ethics or credentials. it doesn't just apply to sport either it applies to anything here.

    So if you want to have a go at certain persons in the australian media you are more then welcome to. as an Australian there are many who I would love to slag off as well. Especially a comentator on a pay tv channel in australia with no history in the game who needs to shut his mouth.

    as for that 2008 test in sydney I will say this. there is a difference between a bit of chat and racial slurs. while their has been a bit of mouthing off between khan and haddin on this tour (which doesn't worry me), at least it is only about the opponents ability. racial slurs should not be tolerated regardless of race.

  • whyowhy on January 13, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Miss you on the commentary team Harsha but certainly not Gavaskar, he is one of the biased media guys who says things to antagonize the opposition hoping that the reaction will help team India......

  • lgnandan on January 13, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Great article, Harsha. Indian media is not behind in this matter too!

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    If there is fire there is smoke remember.

  • FAT_MAN on January 13, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Harsha, even the Indian ARMY cant save team India now, never mind the touring reporters!

  • blogossip on January 13, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    dear harsha

    Media has a tendency to spice up things. This is nothing new and there must be some truth to it. bottom line is India is struggling and struggling teams provide fodder to media for such stories. India must do something to improve their cricket or we might see 7 consecutive overseas losses- what bigger issue for media than this.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    this shows the hesitation of indian cricketers towards media this is the third issue since australian tour showing anger towards media

  • Marktc on January 13, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    As I always maintain- why would a journo allow the truth get in the way of a good story.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    ok.. and what the indian media calling it the agneepath series?? y indians start crying on everything from the moment they think they cant win... GROW UP

  • tick on January 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    i think india is playing like pakistan in australia...poor game plan,worse captaincy,bad batting..and news of rifts in team...way to go india you are matching the next door neighbours downunder...

  • on January 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Another great piece of article on media ethics. Is the media listening? Surely but the urge to sensationalize for merchandising cricket will not die down at all. Your analysis and great sence of understanding with unbiased stance is surely missed in the present tour. Who this new kid hosting the show? Why are the producers want to play politics in awarding commentary contracts? Love u all the way buddy.

  • Joji_ on January 13, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Yes very well written and all. But this article coming from an indian journalist is ironic to say the least. Anybody who is watching indian media before the english / aussie tours, worldcup match against Pakistani and testify to. I am sure a few of us can still remember "kala pathar" stories running on the media ! lolz again!!

  • ansram on January 13, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Well, there was nothing much for the media to write about India for the last six months or so, except "The top order flopped", "The bowlers had no plan", "The fielders were donkeys". They still need to sell their brand in India...

  • on January 13, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Agree with you there. Media's job is to report facts and give us a picture of the game as it happened.

  • Savanoor on January 13, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I'm wondering is to how is that you & Sunil Gavaskar are not there on the commentary panel for this series down under?

  • brittop on January 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    As the old saying goes (or it should!) - those who can do, those who can't write snippy articles in the media.

  • cnn1 on January 13, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Media does not give what the public wants, instead the public gets what the media want - cnn

  • sharidas on January 13, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Good article,HB. But I do not believe, that this is something, which will go away. Gossip has always been interesting and the Media thrives on it. At the end of it all, it is ,we, the readers who have to do the mental editing. In this age of the internet, it is so easy to start a controversy and anybody who has an access to the net can do it. Responsibility sits equally with the readers as well.

  • on January 13, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I agree with what you say... But it's 'Reality TV' days Harsha... Nothing we say or not is going to matter... Only controversies are welcome in the Media... Even the Indian one... But nowadays there seems to exist a tendency to suck it up to Team India, in the Indian media... The commentary, with you and rare exceptions of course, is pathetic... Since the 2003 World Cup protest against the commentators by the Indian team, all that the Indian commentators want to do is glorify the team... why? contracts and money... And someone needs to prick these highly-paid-mostly-underperforming-on-foreign-pitches-nearly-nincompoop-flat-track-bullies and tell them to pull up their socks and start playing well... Maybe such articles and controversies will make then stronger and induce them to play good strong cricket... What's with the famed Indian batting collapsing like nine pins time and again?... Love you Harsha... You really are one sane person in this mad cricketing world...

  • Wacco on January 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    These writings are the results of expectations from the so called Indian Greats. There is nothing new to write to sell their stories. The media found that the cricketing stories were already written during the English tour or after that - so how can they repeat the same old thing of non-performane and no 100-100th? So why not shake it up with sidelights and garbage non-non sports stories? So, only good show from cricketers will save them from these elements.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I read your tweet on this too, Harsha and I found myself agreeing even then: the Indian media were willing participants in this game - for that is what it is. In allowing this half baked nonsense to propagate longer than it should, the Indian media is dancing to the tune of the writer and the Aussie media. Absolute nonsense.

  • kasyapm on January 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Excellent article Harsha. The media (both sides) is writing rubbish.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    very well said Harsha... and we miss u in this tour... I have never seen u trying to read in between lines, we have gr8 respect for u... yes media is not suppose to conclude things and draw lines of judgement... instead it is supposed to be informative... things do happen between individuals on field & its more often when they are not up to the expectations.... having a word with the captain never means he is against him, it just means that he has some other idea... & it happens in every team, but making it an issue and drawing lines is not gud on media's part.... All i expect from Indian team is to get more united & answer everyone in a better way by winning a game or 2...

  • KirtanJ on January 13, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Another great piece, Harsha. One of the few unbiased characters in global cricket today.

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    nice article sir. stating the obvious which a so called Indian cricket fan/media frenzy doesn't like to hear.

  • dshrenik on January 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Excellent article! But, is the media listening?

  • Simoc on January 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I couldn't agree more. Australia does not possess any even very good cricket commentators or journalists now. Mike Sheahan is good in Aissie Rules.In the comments department Roebuck was outstanding and most are ok like O'Keefe, Alderman, Taylor, Chappell (the last two are the best in the business here). So maybe you could move to Australia Harsha, and help us out.

  • Andrew73 on January 13, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    100% agree with this article. Media (esp print) coverage of this tour has been a disgrace, from day 1 siimply desparate to find some sort of scandal or friction between the teams to beat up. To date Dhoni and Clarke have done a great job of keeping a lid on it (last couple of days notwithstanding). Why do the media of these two countries feel the need to act as cheerleaders for the basest elements of the mob?

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    What a fist on the Superstitious Oz writer by sir Harsha Bhogle...

    Sir Completely agreed with you, your views reflect a honest cricket view & the view which one Genuine cricket followers had to agreed on !

    You are off field Master Blaster sir...

    "There was Peter Roeubuck & there is Harsha Bhogle"- Writes Facts

  • SouthPaw on January 13, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Too right Harsha! The media thinks that it is all powerful and present anything but real news. I am glad that you wrote this, even at the risk of some possible hit back.

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  • SouthPaw on January 13, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Too right Harsha! The media thinks that it is all powerful and present anything but real news. I am glad that you wrote this, even at the risk of some possible hit back.

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    What a fist on the Superstitious Oz writer by sir Harsha Bhogle...

    Sir Completely agreed with you, your views reflect a honest cricket view & the view which one Genuine cricket followers had to agreed on !

    You are off field Master Blaster sir...

    "There was Peter Roeubuck & there is Harsha Bhogle"- Writes Facts

  • Andrew73 on January 13, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    100% agree with this article. Media (esp print) coverage of this tour has been a disgrace, from day 1 siimply desparate to find some sort of scandal or friction between the teams to beat up. To date Dhoni and Clarke have done a great job of keeping a lid on it (last couple of days notwithstanding). Why do the media of these two countries feel the need to act as cheerleaders for the basest elements of the mob?

  • Simoc on January 13, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    I couldn't agree more. Australia does not possess any even very good cricket commentators or journalists now. Mike Sheahan is good in Aissie Rules.In the comments department Roebuck was outstanding and most are ok like O'Keefe, Alderman, Taylor, Chappell (the last two are the best in the business here). So maybe you could move to Australia Harsha, and help us out.

  • dshrenik on January 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Excellent article! But, is the media listening?

  • on January 13, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    nice article sir. stating the obvious which a so called Indian cricket fan/media frenzy doesn't like to hear.

  • KirtanJ on January 13, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Another great piece, Harsha. One of the few unbiased characters in global cricket today.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    very well said Harsha... and we miss u in this tour... I have never seen u trying to read in between lines, we have gr8 respect for u... yes media is not suppose to conclude things and draw lines of judgement... instead it is supposed to be informative... things do happen between individuals on field & its more often when they are not up to the expectations.... having a word with the captain never means he is against him, it just means that he has some other idea... & it happens in every team, but making it an issue and drawing lines is not gud on media's part.... All i expect from Indian team is to get more united & answer everyone in a better way by winning a game or 2...

  • kasyapm on January 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Excellent article Harsha. The media (both sides) is writing rubbish.

  • on January 13, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I read your tweet on this too, Harsha and I found myself agreeing even then: the Indian media were willing participants in this game - for that is what it is. In allowing this half baked nonsense to propagate longer than it should, the Indian media is dancing to the tune of the writer and the Aussie media. Absolute nonsense.