This is not a joke!
Now, Gautam Gambhir has the honour of being termed “recalcitrant” by Chloe Saltau from the The Age!
The use of an offensive adjective like this would have been totally expected from the pen of Malcolm Conn (‘The Australian’). Indeed, I would have been surprised had Conn resorted to anything less abhorrent or ghastly. However, the use of “recalcitrant” a harsh, punitive and callous invective to describe Gautam Gambhir by Chloe Saltau is, I must say, most depressing! Moreover, I thought “recalcitrant” is an adjective that is totally reserved for describing a former Malaysian Prime Minister by Australians in high office!
Regular visitors to i3j3Cricket may know that we commenced i3j3’s “Adjective Watch” Department. This was our own response to the Australian Labour Government’s Fuel Watch, Carbon Watch, Government Watch, Price-Fixing Watch and other random “Watch” strategies!
Anyway, “Adjective Watch” confirms that in recent days one did read Chloe Saltau’s clarion calls for stiffer penalties to be imposed on Gautam Gambhir. We can confirm that ‘The Age’ and ‘The Australian’ are available online in Indian Hotels. Chris Broad probably delayed his judgment on Gambhir so that he could digest the Salt(au) and be Conned!
“Adjective Watch” also confirmed that Saltau yelped in what could be best described as “expressing extreme mortification” that Saint Watson was fined 10% of his match fee for what was a polite enquiry from a thorough gentleman of this world! Saltau said, “Watson appeared to do nothing more than express his displeasure to Gambhir and implore the umpire to look at a replay, but was charged with breaching the same clause as the Indian, albeit for a lower offence carrying only a fine.”
We at “Adjective Watch” can only sigh and conclude that the heat and dust of India does funny things to rational thinking to those people that are not used to it, especially when their beloved team is not doing that well! If these guys lived in India for longer, they would get used to both — the heat/dust as well as regular losses — and get on with life with a karma-tic shrug, rather than resorting for the need to yearn for blood.
If Gambhir’s appeal, made by the BCCI, is accepted by the ICC, it will take at least 2 days for the ICC to appoint an appeals judge. An appeal is a right for anyone charged with a Level-2 offense. It could then take anything up to 4-7 days for the appeal to be heard. By then the 4th Test between Australia and India will have commenced. So Gambhir can play that Test match (remember that Harbhajan Singh could have played at Perth if the Indians wanted him to play). In that case, Gambhir, if found guilty in the appeals hearing could miss either 1 Test or 2 ODIs. In all likelihood, Gambhir could miss the 1st ODI against England on Nov 14 (Rajkot) and the 2nd ODI against England on Nov 17 (at Indore). If the appeal is unsuccessful, Gambhir will have to bear the cost of the appeal — loose change, I’d have thought!