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Is Cricket a Gentleman's Game?

The Sreeshant-Harbhajan Singh fiasco on the cricket field at Mohali shook the whole nation. What do cricket buffs - Karan Wahi, Ayub Khan, Faizal, Anand Suryavanshi, Jay Bhanushali and Manav Vij think about this?

2008-04-26T19:22:00Z
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Cricket is known to be a gentleman’s game!! But the youngsters in cricket teams have a completely different definition of the game. Like for instance the recent spout that took place between Harbhajan Singh and Sreeshant after the match between Punjab Kings XI and Mumbai Indians at Mohali. Where is the true spirit of sportsmanship between the players?, one wonders!!

Telly Buzz team caught up with some of the favorite stars of television who are also avid cricket buffs to find out what they think about the issue.

Karan Wahi:

Your views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: It’s an ugly event and shouldn’t have happened. I also feel that it has happened between two aggressive people. Well till now nobody knows the fact, so I can't comment on that.Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: It's fine and at times they become little more physical, instead they should control and concentrate on the game and play the game with all spirit.

Bhajji has apologized saying that Sree is like a younger brother. Do you still feel it’s necessary for BCCI to intervene now?: Well, I guess BCCI will intervene as the code of conduct is breached. The problem is that Cricket and Bollywood rules and even if any thing is wrong with their shoe lace, it would be a big thing.

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Ayub Khan:

Your views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: It is sad that such things become breaking news!! You can’t make a quarrel national news and about publicity, I don’t want to comment.

Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: When you play cricket, you can’t take a check of your emotions. I think it is in the spirit about the game.

Bhajji has apologized saying that Sree is like a younger brother. Do you still feel it’s necessary for BCCI to intervene now?: I feel like laughing out at this news being blown up. I don’t think BCCI should do anything.

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Faisal Raza Khan:

Your views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: All is part of the game. According to me all these things are plotted to generate excitement amongst the viewers. They have these equipments earlier also and in future also you can expect such things. That is why we are saying it’s a ‘Masala Cricket’ and not a serious cricket. I feel its only publicity gimmick.

Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: It’s exactly like their USP and people like Bhajji and Sree will show it in the open. This incident shows that people like the funny part or anger associated with the game.

Bhajji has apologized saying that Sree is like a younger brother. Do you still feel it’s necessary for BCCI to intervene now?: I am absolutely shattered and for the first time I felt sad as this is the country I am born in. Why is the parliament discussing issues like cheerleaders and not something on the rising prices? Is this Indian democracy? I feel really sorry for !!

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Anand Suryavanshi:

Your views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: I haven’t watched but just read in paper. Overall I believe that the person has apologized and now it is over. I think it has generated enough publicity to generate such kind of controversy. I personally feel it could not have been a publicity gimmick and it is very much possible. I think on-field friendship takes a back stage even if friends play, and all boils down to competition.

Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: Well in the past it has happened. The idea is to control and channelize the anger. There is nothing better than controlled aggression.

You think an incident like this will create a rift within the Indian cricket team?: I don’t know, to be honest I don’t think so. A similar thing had happened with other players also.

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Jai Bhanushali:

our views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: I don’t know even about it! What are you saying.. it happened! Ohh God!! Earlier football was a rough game and now it is happening to cricket? I am really shocked to hear that Harbhajan did something like this! Might be a gimmick you never know!

Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: Well I feel they should have controlled and one can’t loose temper like this.

You think an incident like this will create a rift within the Indian cricket team?: Its a shame for Indian cricket team. Before doing this, one should have thought at least 10 times! Whatever the problem, Harbhajan should have sorted out in private and not publicly.

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Manav Vij:

Your views about the whole Sreeshant- Harbhajan issue that took place yesterday: It was a bad time, more so as they both were very good friends. But end of the day, it was a home ground and both wanted to play well. I feel may be Harbhajan didn’t perform that well, so there was this grudge and nothing else. I don’t believe that it is publicity gimmick and no one will cry in front before such a massive crowd.

Harbhajan has been under the line of fire recently because of issues with . Do you think he lets his temper get the better of him?: I feel it happens because they are passionate about the game. When the energy of anger makes win, then it is positive and now when something like this has happened its negative! But yes they have to control and follow the decorum as it is called the gentleman’s game. You think an incident like this will create a rift within the Indian cricket team?: Yes it can. IPL can even bring them together or make them away from each other.

Reporter: Melanie, Binita Ramchandani
Author: Melanie


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ramas
ramas 13 years ago It is sad this happened. But it is definately blown out of proportion. May be bhajji will learn his lesson now,
Thanks.
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hindu4lyf
hindu4lyf 13 years ago @Warparty3061934: wot the hell are you on mate?
men cant dance? u might as well say girls should never have jobs and work and take care of children and family 24/7!
Get a life mate! thats the only advice i can give to people like you.
and puhleaseeee, are u actually telling me you've never cried in your life? HAHA u must be desi superman!
no-one goes on tv saying 'im gonna cry on live tv 2day'! its called no control over emotions, look it up if you have time from your 'manhood'.
just fort i'd let you know that sreesanth was a national break dancer BEFORE he even came into cricket!
Try going to shahid kapoor, hrithik roshan and telling them that they're not a man and they have no manhood and then we'll see who will be knocked up on the ground LOOOL!;)
if we didn't encourage men to dance, then india wouldn't be the biggest movie industry in the world mate!

anyway, hope the bajji santh situation is sorted out soon before we get more nonsensical people posting stupid comments.
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sayanti_ashiuv
sayanti_ashiuv 13 years ago well,dis is a really shameful incident..cricketers represnt our country india..so dey shud behave properly..i dunno exactly why bhajji slapped shreesath infront of a million ppl..but he shud hv controlled his temper..bcoz v all know cricket as genteleman's game..nwy,thanx 4 d article
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Fazila~
Fazila~ 13 years ago It was a gentlemans game, but not anymore, if they r being sold n obught by ppl, ewwwwww.......u think anything gentleness is left in them now?????
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desi_angel101
desi_angel101 13 years ago they are making a mockery out of themselves, out of the sport, and out of India in front of players from other countries. Its as simple as that. Cricket is my favourite sport, but I hate when stuff like this happens it just takes all the fun out of the game... Aww n sreesanth cried... Ugh this is stupid man there's no need to make a scene n slap someone in front of millions of people... Aur yeh newswaale bhi mashallah hain they are splashing this on the headlines n blowing this up even more no offense but I agree with Faisal today's news channels n not to mention govt are just a joke man people r starving n all they can say is chaata laga gud luck India!
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patelpalak
patelpalak 13 years ago omg!tht's so shockin incident...i mean when i was watchin the game and i saw shreesant crying and the commenteter gave commentry that he got so emotional b/c punjab king x1 lost the first 2 games and this is there 1st victory...lolz...i mean i even thought y would u cry like tht the way shreesanth did...and who knows even bhajji slaped him or not b/c i just read on this gujarati news site called akilanews.com that it was not true tht bhajji did suah a thing...i dont know who is right and who is not...but that was really shocking incident...well i just hope bhajji get to play on the match in mubai vs. deccan on sunday april 27th.
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Eloquent
Eloquent 13 years ago Im laughing at the post by warparty. It's such a ignorant, pointedly narrow fool's view of things. Not to forget, too generalizing.

If all dancers are supposed to be cry babies, then I wonder what happens to Hrithik Roshan who's the best dancer and the heartthrob of the country.

Let all men take permission from warparty for how they want to spend their life as....
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kothra
kothra 13 years ago It was a shamefull incident...both are great players n invloved in such things is not good
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Warparty3061934
Warparty3061934 13 years ago Sreesanth should either have slapped Harbhajan Singh back or just walked away quietly and filed a complaint. Crying on national TV was lame and embarrassing.

And that too from a 'fast bowler'. See this is what happens to 'men who dance'. This is one of the shameful aspects of Indian culture - Encouraging men to dance.

India is filling up with metrosexuals who dont value their manhood. its disgusting what the world is coming to
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animateash
animateash 13 years ago awwww woww karan ne bhi reviewww was longing for soemthing from hsi side awwwwwwwwwwww nice commenet ad others 22 thnxxxx
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