Men in Blues?
-By Swetha Amit
The unpleasant incident of Harbhajan slapping Sreesanth has sadly made the Indian team a laughing stock for the world. Especially when not so long ago they were on back slapping terms. The ‘historical’ antics of the two players can be traced back to the earlier matches where they were pitted against the Australians. While it has caused exasperation for the BCCI none can eliminate the possibility of being instigated from the opponents and stressing the saying ‘it takes two hands to clap’. The only difference being that this time players of the same team are at logger heads. While both have clarified their cordial stance through the media as being like family members, it makes one raise a pertinent question of whether quick bucks are creating rifts amidst the mountain of nationality and pride for the country.
It was shameful to see a fiery Harbhajan and a weeping Sreesanth on the grounds and the latter being consoled by his counterparts. Politics and differences are inevitable between team members yet it is shocking to see it come across before their opponents
(In other games) who secretly must be rejoicing in their own manner.
The concept of IPL seems to be extracting the spirit of sport slowly by its whopping amounts of millions and billions. Unlike the Ranji trophy where money isn’t the prime factor and the game purely involves the inspirational element along with playing solely for the country. In short, the focus is being stressed on sport here and a question of pride. Acquiring a winning streak involving a lump sum amount at stake becomes the main aim in the IPL equaling it to the cut throat competition between profit making business houses.
Should money alone be a motivation for such self destructive tactics? Is it worth the cracks that are seeping in slowly in the smooth surface of the Indian team? Will it destroy the team spirit and the joyous moment of the uni colored team after tasting a victory against other countries? Will the concentration and high pressure come in the way of the team members or the passion for the game?
Many seem to have caught on to the IPL trend of being an honor to play amongst the reputed players. It is even said that being amidst sports person from other countries will minimize the animosity between players of various teams. It can be very well rationalized as a mere stance of professional and the pretext of a ‘healthy’ sport being played between the multi colored. However is it at the cost of creating rifts and bad blood amongst the Indian team?
Sportiveness should exist even while playing International cricket and doesn’t necessarily require a la football type of ‘clubbing’. Neither does it require high stakes to instill this crucial element. In fact the darker shades of IPL seem to cast a cloud on the clarity of concentration towards playing for the country and place all their eggs in one basket or should we say one club?
Time will tell if multi colored or rather money ‘colored’ stance will drive the men to go deeper in ‘blues’ or get out of it.