Yes, its been a while since I last hit up a blog. Just thought I'd say Hi again ! Taking some time off work to come up with a piece might seem difficult, but blogging is something I do not intend to give up all at once.
Racism is something that I want to be slightly tightlipped about. What has race to do with a batsman who just knows to tonk bowlers all over the park ? I think Sport is one place where only performances and results ultimately and eternally matter, not the origins, the color of the skin or for that matter your appearances. The Indian crowd certainly did not give this a thought, when they repeatedly abused Andrew Symonds for God-knows-what ? The crowd at Wankhede has always been a bit of a let-down, let alone the monkey-chants. Is Mumbai a racist city ? Maybe yes. Something in the 'Hitler' mode of Aryan-pride ? A South Indian wearing his "lungi" around the streets of Matunga and Chembur was denounced in the late 60s, and if that wasn't enough, the whole wave of anti-North Indian agitation in the last decade just compounds this theory. I mean, Mumbai, we aint racist bastards ! Oh, also imagine playing cricket behind closed doors, as what happened in Kolkata, after Shoaib Akhtar ripped
Jingoism is again something that I can let myself loose on. What exactly is Jingoism, the term sounds funny, but when practiced it is, to put it plain - patriotism taken to an extreme i.e. chanting
The beyond part is a bit vague, considering my Sri Lankan loyalties. Alas, we lose our frontline wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara for the first test against the Aussies at the Gabba. There will be certainly an air of expectancy when Murali does everything - be it breathe, bowl, bat, field. Twelve years and the man is back on Australian soil. He need not worry much these days, because PM Howard's election chances are diminishing by the day. He's got other things, including Mr. Kevin Rudd to worry about. Unfortunately, he might have to put up with some stiff chants like "You never bowl with a straight arm" or "The Chucka", or the Aussies might have come up with something even more lethal. The earlier he takes the 9 wickets, things might just settle down for the offie.
I will be back next week, hopefully (fingers crossed) and bring out some more interesting tit-bits on things related to the game, or rather going beyond the races and jingoism !