In todays’ The Age, Chloe Saltau has gone on to demonstrate that the heat of India does do things to the brains of those that aren’t accustomed to it.
She starts off by calling Gautam Gambhir a “serial pest”! Gautam Gambhir can rest assured that he has made it into the annals of “great” cricketers because the author goes on to claim that Gautam Gambhir is “the new Harbhajan Singh”.
Why? Because he has been “emboldened by his success against the best team in the world and unwilling to back down.”
Isn’t that reason to celebrate a player?
Oh no! Not if you are Australian and are seeing someone who eats different food and looks different perhaps?
Heck, how dare this little man have the attitude and the ticker to not back down to the burly and muscular Australians?
Incredulously, Chloe Saltau thunders on to say, “Indeed, he is known to possess a temper as quick as the feet with which he has had the temerity to charge Australia’s bowlers.”
I read that sentence again and again and looked for typos! Nope. None around. Let’s read that again. She has a problem with Gambhir because he had the “temerity to charge Australia’s bowlers!”
Did she use the word “temerity”? Yes, she did.
And damned right too! How dare this little brown fella have the temerity, the gumption, the audacity, the boldness, the gall, the impertinence, the nerve and the chutzpah to charge these lovely, saintly, fair-skinned bowlers?
Oh shucks. He should have realised that he was playing against a bunch of tall, muscular, burly, fair-skinned men, all decent and peace-loving, tree-hugging human beings, unlike himself — short and brown skinned!
Instead of charging Australia’s bowlers, he should have gifted his wicket to these wonderful Australian men and even offered to carry their suitcases for them to the airport, just so that he could bring a smile on the authors’ face!
That is what he ought to have done! That is how his role in society ought to be defined after all, should it not?
Instead, he had the “temerity to charge Australian bowlers” and hit them for 4 and 6?
My conclusion: Gautam Gambhir has arrived.