Don't go chasing waterfalls
Neither of those Captains have dealt with what Ricky is dealing with now. And yep, I really do feel sorry for the guy at this stage in his career
That being said though, to call Ponting a whiner is a complete misjudgement of his character - he has the occasional blow out like this (more aggression than anything), but on the whole he is one of the least likely people to whine about anything. As you said he is always extremely honest and direct when he has a cool head.
I mean, I don't claim to have any kind of expertise on the subject, but I've always thought of captaining South Africa as the job in cricket I would least like to have to do. It's so much more political. Ponting might have a few more articles written calling him a prick but his job description doesn't involve reconciling into one team players from wildly different communities that were at each other's throats barely twenty years ago.
Last edited by Uppercut; 30-12-2010 at 08:33 AM.
Each to their own, but I'm always surprised at how many people actually want to talk about this sort of thing. Player conduct in cricket just seems like such an unspeakably boring subject to me. We're on a cricket forum and there can be ten page debates over whether a 20% match fee fine is just and consistent or whether it should be upped to 40% instead. We have repeated references made to people who posters have never met being dickheads based purely on how they act when they're playing professional sport. And the debates are so passionate.
I'm sure there are people out there who can't believe I write thousand word posts on a daily basis about a game that takes five days to watch so it's a personal thing, but I just don't get it. Surely the fact that one of the best batsmen of the last 10 years hasn't score a run in ages is a more interesting topic than the fact that he got frustrated at an umpiring decision, or had a crack at an opposition coach five years ago.
Because the conduct of professional sportsmen directly result in enjoyment of the game for many people.
Additionally it affects how people play the game at lower levels.
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
PrinceEWS in not understanding humans with emotions watch the game shocker.
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