Watson charged, Gambhir will be!

Shane Watson was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and was fined 10% of his match fee. Watson was found guilty of “verbally engaging with Gambhir in a manner that was not in keeping with the spirit of cricket”.

Yesterday, we wrote here about how Gautam Gambhir was not the new-hate in Australian media circles!

Watson pleaded not guilty to the offense during his hearing but Chris Broad, the Match Referee, ruled against him and found him in breach on a Level-1 offense. There is no right of appeal for Level 1 offenses and the Match Referee’s decision is final.

Both sides, Australia and India, have been involved in escalating the seriousness of the incident.

While the two teams did not involve themselves in any scandalous behind-the-scenes maneuvers to get the charges laid (or upgraded), the Australian media team has been busy, trying to get Gautam Gambhir’s charge upgraded. Michael Brown, CA’s operations manager, denied any attempts by Cricket Australia to get Gambhir’s charge upgraded.

Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar doing commentary, tried to put the case forward for the provoker as well as the provoked to be charged and found. I have extreme sympathy with this position.

Gambhir does have a prior in this regard. Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir clashed famously in an India-Pakistan ODI at Kanpur. The incident was similar to the Watson-Gambhir incident in the sense that there was niggle in the lead up between the main actors. Words were spoken before, during and after the incident and then there was the mid-pitch collision itself to contend with.

Gautam Gambhir’s hearing has been adjourned until Friday morning so that match referee Chris Broad can review the evidence. I fully expect Gambhir to be found guilty of a Level 2 offense which states that players “shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the laws of cricket”. Gambhir has claimed that the reflex action on his part was an accident.

Interestingly, he has pleaded “guilty” to the charge; an act that might get him off lightly. If found guilty of the Level 2 offense, the Match Referee could impose a penalty ranging from a fine of more than half of his match fee (upto 100%) to a two-game (ODIs) suspension.

I expect Gambhir to get at least 80% of his match fee docked. Given that Chris Broad has requested additional time to review the evidence, he may even receive a suspension. Either way, he must cop it on the chin and learn to deal with it.

— Mohan

16 responses to “Watson charged, Gambhir will be!

  1. Hope ICC can curb sledging completely. With so much technology around it should not be very difficult to do that.

    Level 1, Level 2 etc are very subjective.
    what might offend one player might not be offensive to the other.

    Like the Maaa$$- k$$% saaga, If I were Symonds I would get more offended by the “Maaa%% word” than any other type of racial abuse.

    we will then need a whole bunch intrepreters and scholars in Humanities and cultural studies to govern and decide, what type of sledging is punishable and what type of sledging is not.

    Hope ICC takes some action very soon.

  2. Edmundo Rodriguez

    Mohan, your paranoia and conspiracy theorising are reaching outrageous heights.

    There seems to be a lot of talk on this forum of the Australian media and very little concerning the Indian media, and their equally as biased commentary/coverage. This seems to be strange on and Indian cricket fansite.

  3. chris hutchinson


    Congratulations! You’ve got of the fence and you’ve almost got my complete agreeance. Which I am sure is not what you seek.

    Edmundo makes an interesting reference to your love of the Australian media, but we must all undrrstand that they’re the messengers and not very good one’s at that.

  4. Mohan,

    I am very curious. Are you of the school of thought that two wrongs make a right?

    Gambhir not receiving a level 3 charge and not being cited for his verbal spray to Katich should be justification for the Aussie team to have a plane on standby!


  5. @chris

    I make no apologies for the fact that this is a blogsite for fans of Indian cricket. The first line of the “About” page reads: “This is a blog for cricket tragics that support Team India.”

    Fans of Team India are welcomed with open arms. If a fan of Indian cricket happens to be an Aussie, we will welcome you to stay too. If a visitor to this blog happens to be a vouyer who is interested in “what the other side is saying”, then we welcome you too. If a frequent visitor to this site (read: JB) thinks that all we do is offer crap and still visits more regularly than some of the contributors, all we can do is sigh in despair, shake our collective heads in amazement and conclude that he loves eating it for breakfast lunch and dinner!

    Another guiding principle is that we will try and be as objective as we can, but retain the right to don the gloves if we see anything remotely like a halo!

    That said, let us get to the specifics. I have never sat on the fence with respect to the specifics of Zaheer Khan or Gautam Gambhir. What I abhor is the halo that is perpetually within the reach of an Australian reporter (and some fans).

    @Edumondo, re: your points on the Indian media, this blog doesn’t really care for anyone in the Indian media other than Rohit Brijnath, Prem Panicker, India Today, Anand Vasu, Binoy George, Aakash Chopra, Dileep Premachandran and Harsha Bhogle (and other stalwarts of their ilk). And there are plenty of those to read, I must say! The rest, we have termed “The Braying Mediocrity of Indian Cricket”. If you search for that term on Google (or on this site itself), you may find a few choice articles.

    And by the way, we don’t really care about Jon Pierik (or whatever his name is on the Herald Sun) or The MG or its equivalent in Sydney. These are populist tabloids that appeal to the “masses”. Their job is to sensationalise. We pick on the Malcolm Conns of the world because, as journos that supposedly appeal to the “intelligentsia” through broadsheets, their jingoism and nationalistic-fervor apparently knows no bounds!

    — Mohan

  6. chris hutchinson

    @ Mohan,

    I just caught up with your rhetoric re my “sideways” movement comment.

    Mate, if you think Mohali moved sideways then you’ve got issues.

    As for Perth, Australia got beaten beautifully and Ishant was superb. But Perth WAS a fast deck and having been slow in recent years last year was an improvement only.

    It’s faster again this year and seems to be returning to something like what it was.

    Perth has NEVER been a sideways deck. That’s Brisbane on the first morning and 1/2 arvo session.

    Perth was hard and fast and you may hit a crack when it matures.

    We were outplayed in Perth.

    No issues with India’s batting prowess Mohan.

    Similarly to my comments re Sehwag, Indian batsman look TWICE as good at home which is expected – same as all players.

    You can refer to Indian victories all you like. Your future will look far better than your travelling past.

    ‘Twas not my intention to say you cant travel! Although I do think Team India still has skeletons n the closet yet.

    Probably like the ones a No.1 Australian side faces without the blokes who made them such.

  7. @chris

    I refer you to an article on Cricinfo that produced “travelling” stats of most teams. The conclusion of that article was that, contrary to popular Conn-peddled myth, in the last 5 years, India is one of the most “well traveled” teams in the world. I am too lazy right now (and a bit ill too) to search for that article, but if someone can, I’d appreciate it.

  8. @chris

    Just as an example of the “halo” stuff… On the other thread, Andrew Kumar, another Aussie fan who visits regularly, demanded that Indian show greater humility. This was the same guy that called the Fab Four geriatrics who ought to be wheeled around the ground in wheelchairs! I saw a halo. Donned my gloves…

    This is what I said,

    “Hmmm! Let’s define “dignity” here shall we? Like how the Australians won in Sydney perhaps? With all the carry-on and the jumping-around like pork chops? Hard-nosed Aussie friends of mine were disgusted by that.

    So why don’t we celebrate like the Australians did in Sydney then shall we?

    And talking of “dignity” weren’t you the pillock that talked about retiring off the Fab Four geriatrics and getting their loved ones to cart them around the field on wheelchairs?

    And you have the gall to talk about dignity?

    If you weren’t cut from cloth that I know very well, I’d call you an absolute shame and a disgrace Andrew Kumar! I shall refrain now… I’d appreciate a contrite comment back from you. But I won’t be surprised if none is forthcoming!”

    I offer no apologies. The fella deserved a spanking.

  9. Slipstream_RacerX

    “Andrew Kumar, another Aussie fan who visits regularly, demanded that Indian show greater humility”

    While we’re practicing being MORE humble, why don’t shine their shoes, smile at them, ask politely “Want some tea, sahib?”, and cap it all off with an Apu-like, “Thank you, come again!”

    Here I was thinking that the colonial-era was over 60 odd years ago.

  10. I deserved a spanking…? The only one that gets to spank me is my girlfriend… and that’s only when she’s in leather and I’m handcuffed… 🙂

    I’m offended that you would call me an Aussie fan… It is true that I am Australian, it is also true that I am a fan of cricket, but it is offensive to be thought of as a fan of the Australian cricket team!

    A wise man once told me that I should not blindly follow anyone or anything. This same wise man told me I should objectively evaluate every situation and person with a balanced mind. I was taught not to think of myself as the son of an Indian, nor the son of an Englishwoman, nor as an Australian, but as A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD.

    I have applied these teachings to my love of cricket. I do not blindly follow one team. I do not simply see the game through 1 heavily biased eye.

    Growing up I abhorred the biased coverage that the Australians were afforded here. I detested the lack of truly international coverage of cricket in this country. However this was not a unique phenomena. Traveling through India as a child I used to read magazines such as SPORTSTAR and marvel at the equally biased coverage that Indian cricket received.

    What amuses me, is that you (Mohan) claim to abhor the same biased coverage, but are more than happy to write ludicrously one sided posts on this blog. I understand that this is a site for the lovers of Indian cricket, but that doesn’t mean that the analysis provided herein needs to be so parochial. You are writing posts that sound like the articles you claim to despise.

    I detested the way Warne, McGrath, McDermott, S Waugh conducted themselves on the pitch. And have had many arguments with teammates, workmates as to the need of these fellows to pull their heads in. But just because these Australian behave badly, does not excuse Indians for behaving in the same manner!

    Australians have developed chatting in the centre into a subtle art that the Indians are yet to fully comprehend. It is a cultural thing that the Indians in time will develop and invariably “improve”. But deliberately elbowing a bowler whilst completing a run is not cricket! If this bloke has priors then why shouldn’t they be brought up in a public forum? The hyperbole of the Aussie journos is comparable to the hyperbolic statements made regularly on these pages.

    As to a contrite comment. I appologise for being right! Dravid has had it, Kumble is falling apart and should have finished 2 seasons ago, and Ganguly is lucky to have made that 100 (thanks Rudy).

    Oh yeah by the way…
    Until the Indians can win a test series in Australia, we should not take them seriously… 😛

  11. @Andrew

    I find it laughable that you sit on a high-pedestal and seek (nay, demand) more dignity from Indian fans when you resort to undignified (nay, uncouth) tones like only true pillock can.

    You said:

    “Let these geriatrics have their days in the sun by having their wheelchairs pushed around the boundaries of their respective home grounds by their children or grandkids.”

    Ahem! Dignified indeed.

    Well one of these geriatrics scored a century in Mohali. Another one of these geriatrics has just made a double century!

    And you expect to have your words and requests taken seriously? Gimme a break dude. Oh well, I might take you seriously — out of pity, more than anything else — when you are a geriatric yourself and need to be wheeled around without handcuffs and whips to support you! 🙂

  12. chris hutchinson



    But that Sydney celebration occurred simply because of the pressure exerted by the BCCI, CA, the Australian media (Roebuck, Craddock, Pierik were all disgraceful) and because of the last three wickets when a draw was eminent.

    Now give us a break!

    PS: I wish you well. It’s generaly good to read what the other side says. Regardless!

  13. I didn’t realise that the BCCI had started exerting pressure DURING the SCG match to warrant that sort of a celebration!

  14. I thought that the celebration was more because they equaled the streak than anything else. 16 wins in a row was a wonderful achievement.

  15. I think India batted for too long in the first innings. Let’s see if they can roll Australia tomorrow.

  16. @chris

    You continue to talk of India’s problems with sideways movement when it comes to batting. I have combated that with concrete examples.

    Let’s talk about bowling though!

    I’ll consider Australia to be a great team with it learns to bowl on pitches like Kotla. The Mighty Windies did. Australia faces problems on pitches like Mohali and Kotla. Instead, see how Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan and even Sehwag bowled at Mohali and Kotla. India has shown that it can bowl on Kotla AND at Perth

    — Mohan

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