Cricket warriors: Gentlemen no more

Updated: 09 October 2007 17:17 IST

The Team India of old was the one that took the gentleman's game very literally. A legacy of earlier times, when cricket was a social sport.

Cricket warriors: Gentlemen no more
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Mumbai:

The Team India of old was the one that took the gentleman's game very literally. A legacy of earlier times, when cricket was a social sport, played and promoted by royalty.

When competition came along, the royals backed out. For instance the Maharaja of Porbandar asked to captain India for its first ever Test match in 1932, asked Colonel C K Nayudu to do the honours.

Later Indian captains down the line too picked up more brownie points for sportsmanship, rather than for victories.

When Azhar went to England as captain, the Indian team was often praised for exemplary behaviour on and off the field. The only visible sign of any remote dissidence on the field was Sunil Gavaskar's famous walkout in Melbourne in 1981.

After being controversially given out off the bowling of Dennis Liley, Gavasakar walked off the pitch with his partner Chetan Chouhan.

The first signs of a new aggressive India were in the aftermath of the match-fixing blow, which hit Indian cricket under a new establishment and a new captain, Saurav Ganguly.

The Just Do It mantra resulted in good hard cricket, and we saw some breathtaking 300 plus run chases. The gloves were off and so were the shirts.

The Chak De India gives back as good as it gets.

Young Stuart Broad, of England was told off not so politely. He had made the mistake of taking on the dada of aggression

The country witnessed a bunch of new boys full of beans and with a dislike for Jelly Beans.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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