Another case of sour grapes
PTI[ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2003 11:07:48 PM ]
LONDON: Ashish Nehra’s splendid bowling performance in the World Cup match against England came in for praise by the British media on Thursday but a sour note was sought to be introduced by a leading daily which churlishly suggested that the anti-doping unit should be alerted immediately.
“Ashish smokes out sorry England” was a typical headline in the morningers which also said that England choked again when it mattered the most.
Like other papers,The Guardian praised the stupendous spell of fast bowling of Nehra but in a curious comment its correspondent said “the anti-doping unit should be alerted immediately; a cricketer surely could face suspension for having traces of a performance-enhancing drug in his name”.
This comment will revive the perennial debate — whether the Englishmen are whiners — which was sparked off by Sunil Gavaskar who had termed the England team as “champion whingers” during their tour of India for persistently complaining about the facilities and itinerary.
“Pitter-pattering in, Akram-like, from Kingsmead’s Umegeni End, Nehra found pace and, crucially, movement that for the most part had eluded England’s bowlers before the daylight went and the pitch greened up in the evening air,”The Guardian said.
Yet another daily, The Times, compared 23-year Nehra to Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram at his most inspired.