Originally Posted by Sanz
Sorry I disagree with your assessment. Media is definately blowing it out of proportion and giving it more attention that it deserves but they way Ponting/Martyn pushed Pawar, it didn't seem funny at all and I totally agree with Tendulkar's assessment of the situation. Although he didn't actually see the incident, I think he knew exactly what happened.
Also, how do you think Aussie media (and Messrs Ponting/Waugh) would have reacted If Sourav Ganguly had done the same thing to Alan Border at some award ceremony?
Well, they were laughing, and he appeared to take it in good humor.
Reversing the situation is kinda pointless, given that this is obviously something of a cultural difference (and I'm being a bit generous with that assessment, 'cause obviously there are Indians not offended by it at all). I imagined the situation reversed initially when I viewed the footage, and I couldn't see any difference, to be honest. The only exception I could think of would be if it involved somebody already intensely disliked in Australia, where the media would be looking to beat it up and make a bigger deal of it than it was. But that would still be the media's issue, rather than that of the people on stage. If it could have happened to our PM, it would have been perfect, but I would have found it funny if it had happened to someone like Richie Benaud too.