As this is a blog and it is my way of communicating my feelings, I have something I feel I need to get off my chest.
As the England V India series went on, I couldn’t help but notice the bad feeling and hysterical bitterness coming across on Twitter, other blogs and discussion boards such as the comments section on the Daily Telegraph website.
I have read things such Jonathan Agnew has insulted India, Mike Atherton insulted Dhoni during the post match interview after the 3rd test, England are cheats, England doctored the pitches, England used the Duke ball, Michael Vaughan said this, Nasser Hussain said that, Andrew Strauss banged on the Indian dressing room door, Andy Flower this and that as he had the sheer audacity to say no to Sachin, England this and England that, etc, etc.
It has been pathetic. If people get offended because someone dares says India have been rubbish in this series, then tough, get over it. As India have been garbage.
It had nothing to do with Agnew’s column, the weather, the Duke ball, jelly beans, it was purely down to cricketing form, fitness, ability and home advantage.
Yes, England may well get well beat in India in 14 months, these things happen when teams are on the road. But I really do hope our fans and media don’t whinge and whine and abuse in the way certain elements have over the last 6 weeks while India have struggled here.
I didn’t realise that new legislation had come in which says you shall not criticise Sachin, or refuse to let him net against your back up spinner. Yes, apparently it was against the spirit of cricket for Andy Flower to stop Monty Panesar giving Sachin a net and a good look at the bloke who would probably replace Graeme Swann should he have got injured, that’s what I was told on Twitter anyway.
It is a sad day when a journalist as inoffensive as Jonathan Agnew gets abused and slaughtered for daring to constructively criticise Sachin and saying that VVS Laxman should take his hands out of his pockets.