Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gautam Gambhir Skipping a Test Match - WTF

Indian Test opening batsman Guatam Gambhir has decided to skip the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka – the reason given by him - his sister’s marriage. WTF.

I have never heard of an international cricketer skipping a Test match to attend his sister’s marriage. A family member getting sick or a new born in the family – all these can be a good reason to skip an international match but skipping a Test match to attend sister’s marriage is unpardonable. The dates for the Test matches are announced at least a year in advance. Why can’t Gambhir’s family arrange the function a week after the third Test match? If IPL matches were going on now will Gambhir skip those to attend his sister’s marriage?

Doesn’t this throw light to a bigger issue we are facing now? The importance the players of this era give to Test cricket. There was a class of cricketers who thought that Test match cricket is the ultimate test for a cricket player and would do everything possible to play in whatever Test matches available.

Indian captain Dhoni started this trend of resting from Test matches. He has played the IPL and other pyjama cricket that can fetch him money and fame for a full year and when the time to play some real cricket came he took rest. He could do that because there was no one else available to challenge his place in Indian team. Gambhir with his recent performance has cemented his place in Indian team. What did he do next? Skip a Test match to attend sister’s marriage.

If this trend is allowed to continue in the near future, we are going to see more and more international players skipping Test matches similar to what we see in domestic first class cricket. The international players always find one or more reasons to skip the domestic completions like Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy as stakes involved are very less. I fear Test matches are going to have the same fate.

Hopefully things will change for better…..

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12 Comments:

Blogger Shankz said...

I took a leave in work to attend my sister's marriage.. Is that wrong? Well in the interest of the company strictly I should not have but I have to :).. I can always argue that my absence is not going to sink the whole company..
shifting gears i feel there is an interesting angle to this as well.. I know this could sound like a jobless political way of thinking but I could not avoid.. The alternate opener is murali vijay (TN) and selector Srikanth from TN.. there are several players from TN Badri, Murali Vijay... There was no squad expansion announced and they are going to stick with the same squad.. does that ring any bell?

November 29, 2009 1:22 AM  
Blogger BJM said...

I don't understand whats the big deal about that....
Yes, its true that I am not a big sports or political follower and that is main reason why I thought I will write a comment.
He is a brother first and then a cricketer..its should be understandable if his family whats to follow any of their religious beliefs and customs (if any). If that is the right date or time (Muhurtham)for her wedding, how can his family just move that because their son is playing a test match.

November 29, 2009 3:07 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Shankz/BJM,
Playing for India and that too in Test matches - only a lucky few have achieved it till now. When you know that you have a math on that day atleast 1 year in advance why can't he just postpone the marriage date by a week....
Srikanth being the chief selector and M Vijay getting opener slot - such things happen always. When vensarkar was the chairman of selectors Wasim jafar was the Indian opener...

November 29, 2009 3:51 AM  
Blogger MayilVahanan said...

Nair, you are stretching it too much. I don't see anything wrong in this. Won't you take off if you were attend your brother's marriage? Why should he be treated differently. More over Test match is five days long and he has to be away during the whole marriage. This just shows the commitment to his family and also he has the liberty since he is playing well. There is no proof for you to state that he would have not skipped an IPL or one day match. Not a good post though.

November 29, 2009 6:04 AM  
Blogger Rockus said...

I have to disagree with you here. Gambhir is in the form of his life and India will indeed miss him. He wanted to fly out on the night of the wedding and be back before the next days play. It was the team management and selectors who told him to take the test off. It shows that the team has confidence in the backup opener, who incidentally is in a good run of form. It is wrong to say that he has been selected because he is from TN. The two best openers in the domestic circuit in the past two years have been Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund, both from TN.

November 29, 2009 7:55 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

I kind of agree with Brijesh.

You're playing for your nation and other personal matters must take the back seat. I'm wondering what he would've done if he was in poor form and was struggling to get runs. Now he knows that his place is secure and he has started to take things for granted.

Yes, Dhoni did act the same way by pulling out of a previous series and a few former cricketers were unhappy over it. I think with the current contract scheme these kid of activities will become common in the future.

November 29, 2009 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Sarath said...

I understand its a general feeling now that the players are giving less importance to Test matches. You had that issue in mind already and wanted to write a blog and was looking for an example with which you can spin it out. To be frank, its a pathetic example. Sister's marriage is a once in a life time (hopefully) occasion and expecting anyone to skip that for anything other than a reason concerning the national security or something is a bit too much!!
And yeah..as Mayil said, you have no proof that he wouldn't do the same for IPL or One days.

November 29, 2009 5:45 PM  
Blogger ventforall said...

I don't think it's a big deal skipping a test match for sister's marraige.
Does The president not take a day off for personal reasons say for a sister's marriage? And not everyone gets to become a President either.
About scheduling the sister's marriage around the test match, as Sarath said unless it has some national security risk( and or a rajni movie release :) ), there are a lot more logistics and planning involved in a sister's marriage than India's 433rd test match and hence it is out of the equation.
It is not taking his place for granted, but he is confident enough that he can return to his ranks without too much drama around it. He is after all the most consistent Indian batsman in the last 2 years. What could have happened if he wasnt in form/ Nobody knows that and we can only speculate!!!

And most importantly, blood is thicker than water.

November 29, 2009 7:11 PM  
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December 01, 2009 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anand said...

WTF - for this blog, not for Gauti missing a cricket match. Besides, it is also factually incorrect. Itineraries are NOT always released "at least a year in advance" (can you tell me the date of India's next test after the Mirpur test against Bangladesh in Jan 2010? There are talks of a series against SA but not sure when).

Just because Sachin left his grieving family behind to play a match against Kenya after his father passed away, people wrongly assume that it is a normal to be so passionate about sport and this extreme passion should be a prerequisite for becoming an international cricketer. Many Indian fans consider cricket to be a religion and are extremely passionate about the game. Match results have bearings on suicides rates, stocks and happiness levels in general. All this even after match-fixing came out in the open!

All over the world, it is considered perfectly normal to put family first in most situations. And yes, even for people in positions of high responsibility. (Golda Meir, for example, didn't attend the athletes' mass funeral after the Munich massacre because her own sister had also passed away.) I don't want to pass judgment on whether or not such crazy passion for cricket is a good or a bad thing for India, but I'm sure she can do with more objective citizens.

December 01, 2009 5:04 PM  
Blogger Dr. Unnikrishnan. T said...

Why cricket so much?????
is cricket only game in India???? if we are promoting other sports ands sportsmen we will surely win medals in asiad and olympics...
cricket is to be taken just as a game like tennis or hockey. never live with cricket.... some say that in India cricket is religion and SACHIS is the God !!!!!! amazing. this is why we are still a developing country......
how many western countires play cricket????? only we underdeveloped old colonies of Britan play this.
i used to play cricket during school, college period. but left that.....
thinking and writing about cricket/sports wont help us or cricket.
trhen it is not purely luck to play for india in tests. There are payments seats also.... are yo people agree with me if i say that there are better wicket keeper batsmen better that Dhoni??? there are better oplayers in india than Yuvraj????
do yoyu know what happened to Jacob martin???? did he find place in the test team?????
then in sub continent all matches are fixed........
remmeber Azar story and latest PAK story. since we are fools people will make mopney out of us. we will watch, rread, think cricket and dream cricket without knowing that each and every ball is pre-determined.....

remember PT usha had to suffer with her students while she was attending a meet. this may be due to the over influence to cricket...

December 01, 2009 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gautam's sister wedding date was 2DEC and function was started from 30nov and went on till 3rd Dec..
so how could he manage to stay for test... for him "FAMILY COMES FIRST"...

December 05, 2009 9:42 AM  

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