Cricket is an amazing game when i comes to banter! As India clinched the series against Australia in an amazing match in which a Rohit Sharma blitzkrieg blew the Australians away, there was something else which took place in field. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina make fun of Shane Watson during the match, much to the dismay of the Australian all rounder.
Here is what happened
Shane Watson had gone off the field after bowling five overs because of a hamstring injury, and came out to bat at No. 8 instead of No. 3, when Australia were 138 for 6. Running between the wickets was a problem for him. Watson punched his first ball into the covers, where Dhawan fielded it, and then displayed an astonishing and disappointing lack of respect for an injured sportsman by hobbling exaggeratedly and mocking Watson. It was an ugly moment devoid of grace and an example of the sort of behaviour that needs to be stamped out of the game.
But isn’t the Gentleman’s game all about emotions? Australia, for a long period of time, have lived with the reputation of the ‘keepers’ of sledging. Their ability to imbibe the tactic into their game for decades made them look like artists even on unpleasant occasions. They were the true masters of rattling the opposition without bowling a single ball or playing a single shot to the boundary.
So the question we are asking was Dhawan right to mock him? India never employed an attack-first tactic and hardly would they retaliate to the effect that it would spiral into something uglier. Even the rarest of the incidents would have occurred in a high-voltage India-Pakistan encounter.