The following article just exhibits how shallow the knowledge of our honorable Members of Parliament is regarding sport and more so, our proxy national sport Cricket and how exactly the game is played on the field.
I was just reading this article as to how the MPs have strongly reacted to the cricket coach Greg Chappell’s comments regarding how “the MPs were doing their job. I am not surprised. They are paid to do so in Parliament,” after India’s 106 run defeat in the third ODI in South Africa. Here go some of the reactions of the MPs to Chappell’s comments –
– CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said the former Australian captain “had no business” to make such comments. “Chappell doesn’t understand the nuances of democracy,” he said.
– “Let nobody lecture us” on what the MPs’ job was, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said.
– “Chappell is responsible for India’s poor show,” Shahid Siddiqui, MP of Samajwadi Party, said.
Now, could Mr Dasgupta please explain to the public at large as to how ‘the nuances of democracy’ have the remotest connection to the poor performance of the so-called superstars of the Indian Cricket team.
While I couldn’t agree with Mr Chatterjee when he says that nobody should lecture the MPs on how to do their job, I humbly suggest that Mr Chatterjee himself refrain from telling the Indian Cricket coach as to how he as to run his team.
And what was Mr Siddiqui thinking when he made a statement pinning the entire blame of India’s poor show on the coach. If I remember right, it was the 11 grossly overpaid, under-performing individuals on the field who lost the match for India and not the coach.
Maybe it is time that our honorable MPs started worrying about more burning issues in India rather than sit and waste their precious Parliament Session time discussing mundane matters such as the Indian cricket performances on the South African tour. Or maybe, they consider it necessary as a ‘nuance of democracy’ 😉
In my personal opinion, India should thank its stars that it managed to get foreign coaches of the caliber of John Wright and Greg Chappell to coach this hotch-potch group of highly talented, but urgently-in-need-of-an-attitude-change individuals which we fondly refer to as the Indian Cricket team.
I’ve just started reading “Indian Summers” by John Wright and am now getting a clearer picture of the other side of Indian cricket.