The ugly incident that took place in the ongoing DLF IPL 20-20 tournament has tarnished the image of Indian Cricket and Indian Cricketers worldwide. The Harbhajan-Sreesanth slapping case has brought disgrace to BCCI as well as India. Despite Harbhajan’s controversies in the past, the whole nation backed him during the recent Australian tour in which he was involved in a racial abuse case with Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds and luckily he had a narrow escape at that time with lack of concrete evidence. But now, he was caught red handed and the question arises about the integrity of Harbhajan and also as to what really happened in Australia. The rush of blood had made him forget that he was representing a country of more than 1.2 billion people and that the whole world is watching each and every move. It is very disappointing for the fans like me, and Harbhajan has now lost the respect, reputation and huge money. Nobody is born as a professional and everybody has to learn and unlearn certain things to transform into one. Harbhajan failed to do that or rather failed to realize that. Though Harbhajan is found guilty, I feel the 11-match ban is very harsh and adding to that he also has another inquiry by the BCCI, which will make things even worse. The Reliance Group, owner of Mumbai Indians, has strongly reacted to this incident and they have even removed hoardings featuring Harbhajan. My feeling is that Harbhajan would never play for Mumbai Indians again.
Does Mahendra Singh Dhoni exhibit his power and arrogance only in TV commercials and ads? Is the recent T20 performance a manifestation of arrogance or complacency? A very very poor performance by the “young” Indian cricket team, the team that is termed as the “Future of Indian Cricket.” All the batsmen crumbled like ninepins and there was lack of sheer common sense in terms of shot selection and sticking to the basics. Playing in Australia is not an easy joke. If the selectors were very keen to build a team for the future then why did they operate the test series with the big boys? They could have very well played their young side. BCCI has very well complimented players like Sourav, Dravid and Laxman for their contributions to Indian Cricket. The exclusion of senior players will definitely make a huge difference in the upcoming ODI series that starts tomorrow. Dhoni & Co. will have a tough time during the ODI series because if they could not play the full 20 overs what would be the outcome in 50-over matches. No idea as what the young and energetic Dhoni & Co would do with bowling and fielding skills if they do not have enough runs on the board!