Double Standards

Umesh SrinivasanContributor INovember 3, 2008

The Kotla test will be remembered as Kumble's last test which ended in a draw. This was despite India running up a 600 plus score which included a maiden double ton by Ghambir and another sublime one by VVS. The Aussies were helped by shoddy fielding to post 570 and despite a few anxious moments India declared leaving just enough time for Kumble to try and get his 620th wicket. He didn't and will be remembered as one of India's greatest bowlers. Ghambir's spat with Watson resulted in he being served a one test ban which is justifiable. But, what is worrying is that Watson who instigated and was as bad an offender gets away with just 10% of his match fees. Compare this with Zaheer who was docked 80% of his fees for a similar offence.The match referee is definitely biased and keeps targeting the Indians whereas the Aussies who know they can get away with sledging, resort to under-the-belt tactics to unsettle their opponents.Even Laxman was abused by Johnson on the final morning but was not even cautioned! The whole exercise of having match referees seems to be a joke as they are either too scared to act or downright biased. God save Cricket...

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