Speculation and perception

Gilchrist targets Ganguly and Harbhajan

The above report lays stress on two important words – Speculation and Perception.

Dictionary.com throws up the first four results for ‘speculation’ as

1. the contemplation or consideration of some subject: to engage in speculation on humanity’s ultimate destiny.
2. a single instance or process of consideration.
3. a conclusion or opinion reached by such contemplation: These speculations are impossible to verify.
4. conjectural consideration of a matter; conjecture or surmise: a report based on speculation rather than facts.

The most interesting definition is no 4 where the example phrase used cleary says that there are no facts involved.

As for ‘perception’ here are the results from the same site

1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.

Here again the meaning shows it is not based on any factual data.

The reason why I am posting the relevant meanings here is that whatever Gilchrist said has no factual basis first, based on the language that he has used. Secondly it gives us free rein to indulge in some ‘speculation and perception’ of our own. So here is a list of interesting conclusions of coursed based on ‘speculation and perception’

1. Gilchrist was asked by his publishers to wait and see if Australia was doing well in the series before coming out with his views on some of the Indians.

2. Gilchrist did not want to write about Sachin but was forced by his publishers, else he would not be paid his full advance for the book.

3. Gilchrist’s book was completely ghost written and he had no say in the things that were written there.

4. Gilchrist had some personal financial troubles because of the global meltdown, and he thought of including some sensational stuff to get a fat advance and boost the sales through the publicity it got.

Now that we have set the tone we can come with some other such conclusions on certain other issues using the same ‘speculation and perception’ method.

1. Andrew Symonds was asked by Cricket Australia to go on a fishing trip, so that they could drop him and avoid any embarassment if there was a repeat of ‘monkeygate’ in India.

2. Cameron White was included ahead of a specialist spinner because, Ponting felt that IPL players will get some mileage and help their value when transfers came up later.

3. Peter Siddle was included in the Second Test because a Test appearance in India will help his chances for a future IPL contract.

4. Michael Clarke did not play the IPL because he was warned by Cricket Australia that he may not be considered for captaincy after Ponting.

5. Ponting and Lee had decided to ‘act’ out a spat in public to deflect the attention from an impending Mohali loss just a bit.

My creative juices are just drying up but others are welcome to chip in with more including ones about why I posted this!


16 responses to “Speculation and perception

  1. Was this the same dude that was offended by wild speculations about his family and then indulges in some speculations of his own?

    Are speculations on the parentage of Gilchrist’s first-born child fair game then? In speculating this way about Ganguly and Harbhajan, Gilchrist has let down his family.

    He has basically said to the Indian press, “Go to town on my family guys. Its fair game.”

    Or are there “Lines in the sand that suddenly appear from nowhere?”

    This is further proof that Australians are hypocrites.

    The mighty have fallen.

    Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at Gilchrist saying that “Gilchrist has lost his mental stability”.


    I agree.

  2. A legend has just retired. Most of India–and the world is replaying his conributions to cricket.

    A blog that claims to be of Indian cricket and for Indian cricket has gone silent on this great servant of Indian cricket.

    Mohankaus has gone AOL–despite the fact that they both are Bangaloreans.

    All that Sanjay and Srinivas could do is a bit of self-indulgence. I think that dictionary.com will have a name for people who love themselves–just a bit too much!

    The rest of the world’s recognition of Kumble’s services will not diminish, just because I3J3 has much better things to do.

  3. chris hutchinson


    U r a goose! Maybe you could have speculated yourself and put forward the theory that both Harbhajan and Ganguly didn’t play because this ensures that the fractious state of Indian politicking in cricket was alive and well then and will probably continue.

    The mighty might be falling but Indian cricket just doesnt get it.

    You should win this series, too! You have done it before whilst we’ve been at the top.

    I wonder why such a powerful cricketing nation cannot perform consistently. Let alone involve itself at it’s peak in the World Cup business end!

    I can only speculate.

  4. @Sam

    Gone silent?

    BTW, if you fee terribly aggrieved, you are welcome to write a piece on the favourite son of your home town — and in Kannada too, if you wish! Send it to me. I will polish it (I will need to do that to remove expletives and flame-worthy stuff and so on) and publish it. This is our blog. We write what we want and when we want to not when you want us to! If you care so much about Kumble, write rather than throw stones. The former takes guts and dedication. The latter is easy. Any “kothi” will do it. 🙂

    Added later:

    This is not a portal. A blog is for comments and observations. If you are seeking a “Life & Times of Anil Kumble” article or a “Timeline of a Warrior” article, we refer you to http://www.cricinfo.com

  5. BTW, I was shopping at the Knox Shopping Centre yesterday. Adam Gilchrist was signing copies of his autobiography, ‘True Colours’ there. I stood just 3 ft away from his table and took the pic attached below. Just as I clicked I heard someone say, “Don’t waste your photos on this fella. He is a foul mouthed lout.”

    I thought to myself, “Here we go. Another argument with another Indian gone mad.”

    But no, it was an Anglo-Saxon Australian. As my jaw hit the floor, the old man shook his head and walked away.

    — Mohan

  6. chris hutchinson


    What’s your point?

    I take it from you that our small-minded, foul-mouthed cricketing brothers are one of a kind.

    Indians, Indian cricketers do not swear and use such to gain ascendancy in a match?

    If an elderly gentleman wants to make his observations he is entitled too. He is from an age where such foul-mouthed participation was not smiled upon – even by Australians.

    I have played a helluva lot of cricket and whether you are black, white, brown, yellow or pink swearing in various forms, some aggressive, is par for the course.

    Keeping in mind that other bi-lingual and less narrow-minded folk such Indians are able to use expletives which I have no idea.

    I have pulled my head out of the sand and there stands Mohan and the elderly gentleman, with their heads in the sand.

  7. @chris

    The instigator is as guilty as the offender. That’s the point that Gavaskar made. I agree.

    I have played cricket in Aus. Good #3 bat. Healthy record. In my last game I was on 123. At the end of the game, I retired aged 23, much to the shock of my entire team.

    During play an opposing player commented on the black private parts of the wife I had recently married. She was at the ground. My batting partner did not hear it at the other end. I complained to the umpire. The umpire said he did not hear it. I was abused further for being an Asian sook. I wanted to kill that bloke with my bat. I almost did. Then I decided that I don’t have to hear that foul mouthed stuff about my wife or my mother. You may be happy to. I am not. I retired from cricket. I’d rather stay away from the field than listen to such nonsense from uneducated Australian louts and hoons. One day someone will get killed on the field and them you will wake up and say, “perhaps it isn’t par for the course after all”.

    Australia has too many “foul mouthed louts” playing cricket.

  8. I only recently found that it is the anglo-saxon cricketers culture to share like they did in the West Indies with Stanford. It does not matter what, things, wives, girlfriends, parents etc. etc. Some of us Indians are unaware of the culture and therefore find it offensive. We apologize for not being considerate.

  9. chris hutchinson


    No-one condones that sort of behaviour and the clowns who perpetrate it should be removed from a game permanently. Then THE game permanently.

    The problem that we all must accept is that there are people in all walks who do not belong and think that denigrating an opponent in such a manner does just that and secondly it provides self-satisfaction.

    We all know what happens to those people late at night when everyone’ gone home.

    What is more important is to show the ability to be above that sort of behaviour and turn around and walk away.

    Gets the pads back on and humiliate your opponent with good cricket.

    ..and if he says it again, report again and tell him to “GET STUFFED”.

    Then you will see the cloth that he is cut from, even though you can already see what he’s wearing.

  10. Some more speculations:

    (a) Anil Kumble retired so that he could publish two books immediately; the first book, for which he has already secured an advance, is on a collection of photographs from this keen photographer. The second book is to be called “Untrue Colours: Playing in the Spirit of the game”! Speculation is that the second book is going to be on his account of the Sydney Test against Australia.

    (b) Anil Kumble retired a match before Sourav Ganguly so that he could snatch a Bollywood film contract before they could offer it to Sourav Ganguly, who will retire at the end of the Nagpur Test.

    (c) Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement so that he could concentrate on his new book series, “Foul Australian Sledges that I have been at the receiving end of”. Speculation is that one book would be insufficient. So the publishers have struck a 10-book series deal with the elegant left hander! In a departure from normal, all books will have an “A” Rating and will come with the notice: “Unsuitable for children under 21”!

  11. Raghu,

    I am not certain how long you played for your club and whether such distasteful comments were typical of what you heard on the field.

    However my experience has been quite different. I played seven seasons for a club in the Northern ‘burbs of Melbourne. The bulk of my clubmates were dinky-di, ridgy-didge, beer drinkin’ Aussies. Hell, one of my mates even drove a F250 with a confederate flag on the rear windscreen! Among the stickers on the tailgate were to be found the usual classics such as “If I’ts a rockin’, don’t come a knockin'” and from pubs as far flung as Tom Price and Esperance.

    And a better batting mate I couldn’t find.

    The clubs we played were drawn from roughly the same demographic. Thus, my brand of batting, which would have brought a tear to the Boycott and Tavare eyes, (“he reminds me of myself”) would soon provoke them into the most inventive of sledges.

    The best one was “#$%%, I’ve seen better batters in a fish and chip shop”.

    I must also declare that I never once received a sledge on the colour of skin, either mine or that of my near and dear (including my parents and in-laws) who dropped by the ground occasionally. Therefore I don’t know how I would have reacted, but I’m sure that had such a thing occurred, my F250 driving mate would have gotten to them quick-smart.

    Anyway, my point is, traumatic as the experience would have been for you and your wife, go back, engage with the club and your team and you will find a good bank of true mates.


  12. theblackirishman

    Hi Raghu

    That sort of experience is disgusting, but I have to agree with Soundar. It is not common. I have played for two different clubs in victoria during the eighties and early nineties and never had any (remotely) racial sledges.

    Also, as Chris says, the best answer is to ignore it and prove it with the bat and not glorify the comment or the perpetrator by affecting you adversely. So, c’mon pick up your bat and get the next century!

  13. Raghu,

    Unless you had other pressing reasons, mere sledging in Australia shouldn’t stop you enjoying what you do and achieving what you want to.

    Either you ignore, bat on and win games or sledge him back in the language he doesn’t like to hear–same lingo please.

    I have had my share as a player and umpire–but dished out a few times in return–then they will buy you a drink and that is the way the culture–there is nothing right or wrong here–it is different.

    One of my own clubman–who , in fact had a South African Indian for an uncle–would heckle me when, as a captain, I would give summary of the day’s play. One day–I planned it–in front of 100 men, women and children–I yelled at himm,” My skin may be brown but blood is red and the semen is white–just go and ask your wife and sister–there was a silence–and then a big applause!!! No further heckle for the next 10 years–until he died of cirrhosis of liver or AIDS !!!!

    Re thin skinned—it is more to the BIG cultural divide and educational divide that exists in our society in India as well as overseas–Education does bring certain inhibitions in behaviour and language–but then Educated ones commit more white collar crimes and that doesn’t upset people as much as F and C words used in anger

    Just for fun and humour, log on to You Tube, type in Indian teacher on the word F x x K and listen to it!!

    Isn’t it common in India for words like SALA in Hindi, MACHCHAAN in Tamil, sodoise, you go and F your mother etc in every language

    What do they really mean ?

    And mother F in every language or son of a bitch / bad prostitute!!! used in College campuses, bars, sporting grounds etc

  14. In the 1960s, an Indian Neurosurgeon from Madras returned from USA –his wife was also a Doctor—and found it difficult to get a job in North India via Union Public Service Commission.
    Dejected, he wrote in a tamil Magazine that he was going back to USA–

    ” I would rather be a second class citizen in USA than a Third class citizen in my own country”

    Call it inferiority complex–but that has been my motivation to come to Australia as well and there is FAR FAR FAR less racism in Australia than what one finds in India–mainly in the name of Religion, language, caste and class system.

  15. @Raghu

    I have to agree with Soundar and Paddy (theblackirishman). I have played here for a few seasons, not for as long as Soundar has. I have also umpired for about 4 seasons in the Box Hill League. I don’t know which league you played in, but I must say that although there is a fair bit of sledging that goes on, only once have I encountered anything that remotely resembled racial stuff. That was when I was umpiring and when there was an elegant left-hander of Indian descent batting. He made a ton. I hope it wasn’t you! I put an end to the nonsense on the field with the player. I also immediately talked to the captain — an older guy — who stamped it out. The player received counselling. The cricket was always competitive, but always good. At the end of the day, everyone gets on with it here.

    What is a problem, however, is when there is a clash of cultures.

    Pick up your bat and continue to play.

  16. To an extent, one needs to give back like Ramesh Sarwan did in harsh personal verbal attacks .

    While McGrath was happy to dish it out to others, he could not handle the heat and he complained to the umpires.

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