“Third World” India crush England in 1st ODI


On his return to Australia, Matthew Hayden explained his team’s pathetic over-rate by saying that these bad over rates happen in Third World countries like India.

He said, “Often we find ourselves with hands on hips waiting for someone to either face up or someone in the sightboard to move away; all the little frustrations that happen in Third World countries and the heat as well.”

Yep. Explains why his team got fined for slow over-rates at Perth then, hey?

Peter Lalor happily ran the story without once reminding either Hayden or his readers about Perth, or indeed alluding to it in his piece. Why would he do that? After all, this was yet another opportunity for this great Indophile to show his Indophiliacity! Moreover, there does appear to be a need amongst some people, to construct a sequence of plausible excuses to make ones lot in life better than ones lot currently is, after all. And in that context, Lalor’s piece does make sense. He even managed to take a sideways sweep at the retired Sourav Ganguly. “Certainly the retirement of Sourav Ganguly will increase over rates in certain contests. The Indian batsman is notorious for time wasting and would drive Shane Warne insane by never being ready or pulling away.” he wrote.

Peter Lalor wants a feel-good angle — an angle that would make him feel good. He got it. A deeper, and more honest look in the mirror, like the one Peter Roebuck provided in The Age, does not come to any Peter! Not every Peter or Malcolm can easily digest, “Australia grizzled about events on the field. Annoyed to be cast as the game’s foremost sledgers, the current mob run to the umpires. They do not understand the bemusement this causes in opposing camps.”

Instead of leaving these stories as nothing more than a morning laugh and a tea-time chuckle — banal noises from a set of people who are desperately seeking to make their lot in life better than it currently is — the BCCI, that other great instiution, has objected to India being labeled a “Third World” nation by Matthew Hayden!

Hayden should be told that time lost in sight-screen movements are taken into account by the match referees.

Third World” is a term that is used to denote nations that are generally considered to be underdeveloped economically. If we extend the definition of the term to stretch beyond economic development, then my conclusion would be that the only thing “Third World” about the recently concluded India-Australia tour — as Australia and India players stayed at luxurious 7-star hotels — was the Third Worldness of Australia’s cricket. Its cricket was underdeveloped and undercooked, but well-understood by its opponent!

In last nights’ game, “Third World” India defeated “First World” Britain, as “Under World” Australia watched, even as “Fourth World” Timbuctoo couldn’t care less!

The first of 7 ODIs in the series resulted in a massive victory for India.

It was a team performance by India. Apart from Yusuf Pathan, all Indian batsmen and bowlers had a good day at the office. It was nice to see Munaf Patel and R. P. Singh bowl with fire. They had been warming the bench for nearly a month now and it was good to see that their game was sharp. Yusuf Pathan had an ordinary day at the office. But I do believe he must be persisted with. He lends balance to a team that is without an “Andrew Symonds” type player.

Yuvraj Singh’s innings was breathtaking. He smashed the ball to all parts of the ground and rained sixers. Although it was hard for England to come back from that assault, I did think that Zaheer Khan bowled exceptionally well to break the back of any possible English resistance.

After a month of nonsense, what was nice to see was the camaraderie between the two teams. Even though there was the inevitable “kissed-goodbye send-off” from Harbhajan Singh to Samit Patel, I suspect that this series will be played in a much more harmonious environment than the recently concluded India-Australia cantankerous drama. Harbhajan Singh caught Kevin Pietersen smartly at mid-wicket, but immediately signaled that it was a bump ball. So also R. P. Singh in the deep. After taking a catch he immediately signaled that it was a bump-ball. There were not treaties or documents in sight. Yet, cricket was played in the right spirit! Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen constantly chatted and laughed with each other. There was respect. There was banter. There was cricket.

Most importantly, there was no “Spit of Cricket” either!

— Mohan

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34 responses to ““Third World” India crush England in 1st ODI

  1. I was also thinking of the good natured manner of the game as I watched. It was nice to see. I never thought I’d say this, but it was nice to see the English there and not the bad-natured and grumpy Aussies. Peter Roebuck is right, the Aussies grizzle constantly.

  2. The next time Hayden steps in for IPL, he should know that he gets almost ‘n’ times more money from a third world IPL than a “First world” CA Pays him.

    Cry Babies

    offcourse (n>2)

  3. Srikanth Mangalam

    My take on all these aftermath statements is slightly different. I think this defeat has hurt the Australians so much that they have lost the sense of reality. This is causing them to make all kinds of crazy statements. I think the best way for an Indian to deal with it is simply watch and enjoy the Aussies self-destruct. There is no greater pleasure than watching the Indians go from strength to strength especially the way they seem to have crushed the English. We are watching a slow but certain demise of white cricket and the emergence of cricket in true colors…

  4. Mohan: I hate to disagree with you, but can’t help it. When Hayden talked about India being a “third world” country, he was probably referring to things like people walking in front of the sight-screen. For that little part, there can be no disagreement with him. It is difficult to argue against that point that this kind of stoppage to play happens more in countries like India and Pakistan than anywhere else (Sri Lanka is much better too). Not to argue, again, that this is the cause for the slow over-rates (which Hayden seems to be implying). Again, “heat” has nothing to do with “third world countries” either. However, like I said, there is no harm in accepting the fact that people moving in front of the sight-screen regularly is something that needs tending to especially on Indian grounds. It is especially embarrassing since most of the time these are security personnel who are doing this. The incident in the Ahmedabad ODI against England when play was stopped because the Chief Minister’s “coterie” would not leave the sight-screen was more than embarrassing. To add to it, nobody seemed to be in a position to scold these morons…even Bhajji was pleading with these morons. Imagine that happening elsewhere !

  5. Talking about media in different countries – I have always enjoyed the English coverage of cricket. It would be interesting to read what they have to say in the India-England series.

    And while we are on the topic of Hayden and the English media, have a read at this from The Guardian:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2008/nov/14/englandinindia200809-englandcricketseries

  6. @Sridhar

    You aren’t going to get too much of an argument from me on some of your points!

    But please explain to me why this Australian team also got fined in Perth? Do we therefore conclude that Perth is also “third world”?

    Moreover, sight-screen change-times are factored into the Match Ref’s over-rate calculations. Therefore the time that Matthew Hayden spends striking a tea-pot pose is irrelevant whether he is in “third world” Nagpur or “first world” Birmingham.

    Yes, it is frustrating to watch cricket in India. The facilities are ordinary and the people that run the game are mostly those that would be incapable of organising a booze party in a brewery! But all of that is moot.

    My point is that the only thing “third world” about the tour was Australia’s cricket. It was under developed.

    — Mohan

  7. Are we equating third world country with third class country? Difficult to say which one of the two Hayden really meant.

    I don’t know but I presume classification as third world and first world countries were based on a set of indicators by responsible agencies. Has India been reclassified?

    Hayden probably meant third class under the cover of third world.

  8. Come on…Aussies are just looking for excuses. They are not comfortable playing this new role they have found for themselves as victims…victims of third world conditions…victims of sledging…victims of racism…victims of umpiring decisions…victims of criticism…victims of BCCI strong arming…the list is endless. But if that is the role they want for themselves, then so be it.

  9. @SB

    The definitions of “third world” and “third class” gets us into needless semantics. However, the PC Term is “developing” and “developed”. Of course, the Australian team seems immune to political correctness. But mention the word “monkey” and all sorts of high pedestals are found for people to clamber on top of for which, they have the “Spit of Cricket” to hide behind!

  10. Little does Hayden know that in a third world country like India, it’s not only the game gets delayed because of people moving around the sightscreen but also paychecks from IPL franchises. (Third world city) Chennai Super Kings, are you listening?

  11. No, no…give him his paycheck on time. Let him return to the thrid world to earn his bacon. The irony may be lost to him, but not to others.

  12. chris hutchinson

    Ok boys!

    It’s hard to stand up for what you believe in when our so-called “barrackers” in the media turn in to white ants.

    The Australian cricketers have been far too forthright and accessible by the media in the last 5 years and they need to understand that what they say will be CHOPPED and CHANGED to suit the entity.

    Craddock, Pierik and Dorries are the Three Stooges of New Limited hell bent on destabilising Australian cricket for the Indian dollar.

    It is also impossible to condone, on face value, the oft EDITED snippets of commentary from people like Matthew Hayden (and Hussey and others) who get caught saying things they believe (and cant possible believe) CAUSED them to lose in India.

    However, referring to Australians as “cry babies” smacks of point scoring by those sick of 13 years of the single minded bulliness (I think thats the only reason ) that drove Australian cricket from shit to shovel.

    Peter Roebuck has shown since the Sydney test that his personal strife has completely overridden his better judgement hence his constant referrals to the Sydney Travesty. Good god which game was he at. Obviously not at the game in England where India escaped for the same reason.

    To Srikanth M, whereas I deplore any suggestion of the 3rd world reference (given the legitimacy of it’s intent, not it’s interpretation) to suggest that Australia is self-destructing can only draw me back to 2001! Pull your head in fool. Perhaps you would like to talk us through the last seven years?

    Pardon?

    There is no greater pleasure than watching the Indians go from strength to strength especially the way they seem to have crushed the English. We are watching a slow but certain demise of white cricket and the emergence of cricket in true colors…

    Which STENGTH have you come from? Which true color do you refer to.

    Mohan,

    The “Spit of Cricket” you constantly refer to is in need of “oral ejaculation”.

    On that point, I wonder how the new India will cope when their new found self is rendered speechless in kind with your utterings? Get off the fence! You are, or you arent!

    Finally. To refer to the IPL and it’s trapping as an example of the new India is laughable.

    The new India lies in the new hope of it’s people to experience the living of which you, and I have become accustom.

    The IPL only redistributes money from West to East.

    I await your call from the company from which I part own, as I suspect you do to.

  13. Chris, really fair and balanced opinions! Are you from the Bill O’reilly academy of spin?

  14. Nice rearguard action Chris…but least convice yourself of the argument before you convince others.

    [quote]It’s hard to stand up for what you believe in when our so-called “barrackers” in the media turn in to white ants.[\quote]
    Roebuck underming the foundations?

    [Quote]The Australian cricketers have been far too forthright and accessible by the media in the last 5 years and they need to understand that what they say will be CHOPPED and CHANGED to suit the entity.[\quote]
    Ha ha ha…chpped and changed…can you give an example? Interpreted maybe…just out of fairness.

    [quote]It is also impossible to condone, on face value, the oft EDITED snippets of commentary from people like Matthew Hayden (and Hussey and others) who get caught saying things they believe (and cant possible believe) CAUSED them to lose in India.[\quote]
    Edited…because the rest is really meaningless blather that we here…edited for POINTED MEANING. The blather, we can do without. The excerpts quite revealed their frame of mind and thinking.

    [quote]However, referring to Australians as “cry babies” smacks of point scoring by those sick of 13 years of the single minded bulliness (I think thats the only reason ) that drove Australian cricket from shit to shovel.[\quote]
    “Cry babies” is very accurate. That is how they are behaving. It’s calling a spade a spade. Despite all the shit and shovel and other assorted tools at hand…(more in the next post)

  15. [quote]Peter Roebuck has shown since the Sydney test that his personal strife has completely overridden his better judgement hence his constant referrals to the Sydney Travesty. Good god which game was he at. Obviously not at the game in England where India escaped for the same reason[\quote]

    Appealing to other matches (of which I have no knowledge of) to justify bad behaviour, is that right?

    He did it, he did it…so why can’t I do it?

    If Roebuck had any personal problems that made him realise the travesty…then maybe most Aussies should too…just to wake them up from the slumber that seems to have invaded their objectivity.

    [quote]To Srikanth M, whereas I deplore any suggestion of the 3rd world reference (given the legitimacy of it’s intent, not it’s interpretation) to suggest that Australia is self-destructing can only draw me back to 2001! Pull your head in fool. Perhaps you would like to talk us through the last seven years?[/quote]

    Same old self-reinforcing ego blasts and crap.

    Aussies are a legend in their own mind…it means nothing that they are good at the game…they are far better in their assesment of themselves.

    And that is it in anutshell. If you require further explanation, please do not hesitate to ask.

  16. Chris…it’s okay if you are unable to speak without pulling the racist bunny out of the hat…do so…we are not shrinking violets here.

    Speak your mind.

  17. @Chris

    The “Spit of Cricket” document needs junking. You do not become a well-behaved cricket team by writing a document. You got to live it.

    You then say “On that point, I wonder how the new India will cope when their new found self is rendered speechless in kind with your utterings? Get off the fence! You are, or you arent!”

    I have no idea what you are talking about. What fence? And I am what I am.

  18. @raakshas
    Good one!

  19. Peter Lalor’s comment about Ganguly is right, there will be less number of “lost balls in to the stands” and “hitting into the fence” so less time in fetching the ball back, yes he is right, it may improve over rate for aussies… :D. But, again you never know, Yuvi may do the same.. may be more number of balls out of the ground.. !!

  20. Ho Ho Ho, IPL redistributes money from West to East !!! How did the money went to West in the first place ? Atleast IPL is redistributing hard earned money, if you know what I mean.

  21. The hypocrisy of the “victims” is ASTOUNDING!!!

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  24. From the smh article over Hayden’s TWC remark “Gilchrist, who later said the snippet had been taken out of context, said there were cultural differences between the Indian and Australian sides.” He probably meant: Indians have culture, Australians don’t!

  25. @raakshas

    Things that the Australians say are always taken out of context! They then make calls to all sorts of people in India to apologise. Nice strategy. The out of context comment sells books and fills pockets. The phone call is inexpensive these days! So why not hey?

    Hayden has a prerogative to call India a “Third World” country. He may be right. Who knows. And really, who cares? The PC term is “developing country”. But let us please please not accuse the Australian cricket team of PC, except when the word “monkey” or any derivative or any thing that sounds similar to that word is heard.

    Finally, the Australians got fined at Perth too. Third World again?

    Was this the same guy that called another player an “obnoxious weed”? Out of context again? Hmmphh! Let’s just shake our collective heads in dismay and move on!

  26. Mohan, it’s quite interesting what ‘move on’ means in different cultures. In India, people move on by not talking about it. In Australia they move on by mentioning it in every newspaper article, and writing books about it.

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  28. Mohan, just wondering why you think Lalor should have mentioned Perth in particular. It’s hardly the only time Australia have had trouble with over rates (even in Aus) and the location was only one of the cumulative factors Hayden claimed as an excuse. More importantly, Lalor doesn’t accept the excuse. You quote lalor agreeing that Ganguly was one factor in the overrates, but ignore the last paragraph, where it is concluded that the Australians can only blame themselves. The argument is dismissed even without mention of Perth.

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  30. Thursday, November 20, 2008
    Peter Lalor on Matthew Hayden

    NO matter how calm a cricketer tries to be amid the distractions on and off the field, karma has a way of sinking its frustrating teeth into his behind.

    Matthew Hayden may have had reason to rue his own words when he took strike at the Gabba yesterday.

    Lacking diplomacy last week, the big Queenslander had blamed “Third World” conditions for some of the over-rate problems on the subcontinent. He pointed out there were often delays because of sightscreen malfunctions and the like.

    “Often we find ourselves with hands on hips waiting for someone to either face up or someone in the sightboard to move away – all the little frustrations that happen in Third World countries,” Hayden had said.

    India exploded with righteous indignation.

    It was unfortunate because Hayden is a long-time fan of the country and an enthusiastic tourist to the subcontinent. The big man loves the big place and embraces its culture with genuine warmth.

    He had been singing Indian cricket’s praises just minutes before dropping the phrase, but by now Australian cricketers of all people should know that ill-chosen words can cause all sorts of problems.

    And so there was Hayden back in the alleged first world and ready to face the first ball at the Gabba yesterday.

    The ground was a bomb site after storms the night before. The large white sails that once formed the roof above one section of the stand lay shredded across a broad expanse of the seats while engineers were called to test the structural integrity of the supporting pylons.

    A few weeks ago the Australians had been disappointed to see the small crowds attending Indian Tests, but only 12,498 people showed up yesterday.

    The fans with tickets to the damaged area and the corporates who were due to eat in the dining room below were redirected to other sections of the ground. There was plenty of room.

    Later a section of sail fell down on to an inhabited section blocking their view.

    Outside traffic was diverted as cranes were brought in to repair the damage.

    Play started half an hour late because the covers had blown off during the night and the square had taken a soaking. Ground staff worked feverishly with oversized hair dryers trying to fix the problem.

    As Chris Martin stood at the top of his mark ready to deliver the first ball of the game, Hayden pulled away. There was a problem with movement near the sightscreen.

    Play was delayed for a few more minutes while the fourth umpire climbed into the relevant section and suggested the entrance above it not be used.

    A few overs later there was another delay as Tim Southee waited to bowl. Again there were sightscreen problems. After much arm waving, somebody realised what was going on but more time was lost. The same thing happened later and drinks were taken early.

    New Zealand’s cricketers were patient and understanding. After all it wasn’t as bad as they had put up with the week before in the dusty provincial cricketing outpost of Sydney during the tour match. The Paddington end sightscreen there had malfunctioned on Saturday. Come Sunday the Randwick end machine had given up the ghost.

    The ground staff decided to use two small tractors to shift it when needed, which had led to long delays and comical scenes as the vehicles bucked and slipped and struggled to move the screens.

    It’s a tough tour for the Kiwis. Jesse Ryder had copped a bad stomach bug from the water or the food and had spent a few days in the team hotel on a drip, but had recovered enough to be back for this Test.

    Hayden only lasted 18 minutes at the Gabba yesterday, caught out by the foreign bounce and a touch of indecision.

    The day before the match he had said a batsman had two options on such a wicket; belt it or block it. The first 20 overs, he said, were the hardest. As it was, he was done by the trampolining bounce inside 20 balls.

    Hayden started to hit his stride in the last two Tests in India. He came into the series after a long lay-off with an injury, struggled to find rhythm and good umpiring in the first pair of matches but was getting there with 83, 16no, 16 and 77 in his last four innings.

    Now he has to quickly readjust his game to trying home conditions. Australia’s second innings will almost certainly be Hayden’s last Test knock at his home ground. He would love to give Queenslanders something to smile about after a hell of a week.

    Matthew Hayden on Matthew Hayden

    MATTHEW HAYDEN has defended the “third-world country” remark that so infuriated India this month, but insisted he meant no disrespect to the nation or its citizens. Senior Indian officials, Mahendra Dhoni and an army of angry bloggers criticised Hayden over the comment, which he used when describing the factors that contributed to Australia’s slow over rate during the Border-Gavaskar series. But Hayden, while standing by the comment, feels he has been the victim of “certain sections of humanity [who] want to take someone like myself down”.

    “The politics of cricket has gone mad,” Hayden told The Tonk. “One of the things I love the most about India, is that you walk around the back of the hotel, and there’s a man who’s selling peanuts on the street for one cent a month, and he holds his head so high, and is so proud, as if he was making $2 million a month. It frustrates me that certain sections of humanity want to take someone like myself down, who is a really great admirer of the country, and who has really built his career on the back of the country in a very proud and honoured way.

    “We’ve had our competitive spats, but I’m sure that’s only enhanced the reputation of India. It’s made them play better against me, and I’ve played better against them. I stand by what I said. There is a large portion of India that is third world, that is below the poverty line. But from my experience, it is those people who I admire the most. They are the ones who send out the messages of love and passion and have that amazing enthusiasm for life. I greatly admire, and appreciate, all the wonderful sentiments they have conveyed to me over the years, and for anyone to suggest otherwise is way off the mark.”

    Posted by Homer at 11/20/2008 12:19:00 PM
    2 comments:
    Naresh said…
    well, you try to justify one mistake (the overrate fiasco at Nagpur) and you make more and more. First P.Ricky picks a fight with Border and Chappel (now ain;t it good to see some ozzies bickering!), then he talks of the “captains’ duty” to maintain over-rates (I vaguely recollect even “spirit of cricket” mentioned), and finally, someone strikes an idea – blame it on the third world. P.Ricky talked something like this too (“conditions in the sub-continent” makes the overrates problem worse for them), though not using “third world” explicitly like Hayden.

    Hayden deserved his first ball duck today – last innings at brisbane and all.

    and to think he takes IPL money from our poor third world country.

    I confess the thought crosses my mind – Steyn packing him off with a broken arm – just like Allan Donald did a long time back.

    2:56 AM, November 21, 2008
    scorpicity said…
    Hilarious that account by Lalor… for the first time I enjoyed his writing… I must be sick though, got to see a doctor or Lalor has already seen one.

    7:08 AM, November 21, 2008
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