Thank you for returning to my blog. Never knew it would be such a busy place! Thank you indeed, if you have posted a comment on what you felt on my lil’ run in with Ricky Ponting.
Ideally, I should be responding to each one of the comments but on such a happening tour, I am not going to have the time to write back to everyone personally. I hope to do that over a period of time.
If you have supported the fact that Ricky Ponting did ground the ball when completing the ‘catch’ off Dhoni, I will break into a smile. Just because the umpire ruled him not out does not mean that the appeal was justified. Not from someone who professes to the patron saint of sporting spirit.
And if you haven’t felt that I did right by asking him a question (so that I would understand his psyche better), I will still smile. Not for a moment was I in doubt that I should not be asking him to explain his dual-approach to cricket.
I intend to keep this simmering not because I want to hear him express remorse for the manner in which he responded to my question. It doesn’t make a difference to my life or to how I am going to practice my journalism. My idea is to keep a debate going on. I wonder if I should ask when is a catch complete or if the Indian team (or anyone else, for that matter) should trust Ponting’s word anymore.
Not a few Indian cricketers liked the fact that one of us asked Ponting some questions and riled him enough. They asked me why I hadn’t asked him to go watch replays. My response to that is simple: I was only doing a job and I had to ask without losing my cool or feeling offended. If I could ask Harbhajan Singh — at a press conference — if he had become a defensive bowler in the recent years, I could ask Ponting about his varied reactions in one game.
And if you who have been critical of me asking the question, all I have to say is that only two days earlier, I had asked Brett Lee to explain if there was a team philosophy about these things since Andrew Symonds hadn’t walked when he had nicked RP Singh but Ponting had allowed Dravid to continue batting after taking a catch on the half-volley.
Even at the press conference, I started off by congratulating the Australian captain for his team’s 16th Test win in-a-row. I then said I understand that various players have different approaches but I don’t comprehend how one player could have two different philosophies in the span of one game.
All said and done, I feel humble that I have received such attention and support.