Friday, 29 January 2010

Pandit Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and @&#$%* Sehwag

Sehwag hums bhajan. Tendulkar croons Dire Straits numbers. Just shows the protégé and the mentor are not necessarily peas of the same ipod.

Apart from being in the same bowler-butchering-business, their common grounds run out fast.

When Tendulkar speaks, you start believing he either doesn't have a tongue or an opinion. Diplomatic circumlocution at its best, critics put it rather harshly.

Sehwag, on the other hand, belongs to the school of thought that advocates tongue-wagging comes strictly under Heart's sole jurisdiction and Brain would do well to take a walk.

When Tendulkar opens his mouth, trust him not to put a foot wrong. When Sehwag opens his, it's mostly to accommodate his own upwardly mobile restless foot.

So while Tendulkar continues to bolster his post-retirement case for the sensitive job of Indian High Commissioner in Washington or Islamabad, Sehwag doesn't seem fit for even Dhaka.

Even Dhaka! Certainly not Dhaka, especially after his ordinary-side gaffe!

In stark contrast, The Tendulkar Cult grew in strength and opened its Bangladesh chapter after the Master Magnanimous went to the Tigers’ dressing room and blessed the awe-struck cubs.

Have you seen a Hindustani classical singer in the process of uttering the name of his Guru? A light of veneration gleams in his eyes as he raises a polite hand to touch the earlobe with unalloyed veneration.

Next time India returns to Bangladesh, I can see the Tigers doing the same whenever they refer to Tendulkar. 'It's Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar,' they would point out with a silent rebuke.

As for Sehwag, well, I'm afraid it would be just the surname, preceded by a largely unparliamentary assortment of crossbones, asterisks, skulls, stars and practically what not!


Mahek said...

And why is it so important for Sehwag to be loved by the 'deshis? He is who he is and Tendulkar is who Tendulkar is, why can't people just leave it at that? Unless Sehwag makes a cricketing comment that isn't true I really don't see why anyone should have a problem.

The media seems to have had a great time saying Sehwag was embarrassed and what not. Last I checked test cricket was played over four innings and his opinion of Bangladesh was very much vindicated by the performance of the home side.

Som said...

Mahek, wish could agree. It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out Bangladesh is an ordinary side. But Sehwag showed he doesn't have manners.

You don't go to your relatively poor neighbour's place and start cribbing how shabby his drawing room is, how narrow is his kitchen and how downmarket is the interior.

When they beat us in 2007 World Cup, Dravid took the Bangla players for dinner and gited a bat to Tamim Iqbal. After the recent series, Tendulkar went to their dressing room to offer a word of encouragement. Zaheer said it's there early days in Test cricket but they didn't disgrace themselves.

Factually, you can't fault Sehwag. But he lacks manners, no doubt about that.

Souch insouciance would not have been misplaced against the Aussies or Proteas. But here he bungled it.

straight point said...

som... i wish i could have disagreed with you... :)

but you hit the bull's eye... being frank does not mean you care less about manners...

Mahek said...

We went there to play international test cricket, not to attend a freakin' tea party they invited us to. It's not like Sehwag complained about the pollution in Dhaka and how rundown the place is, he kept it to cricket.

Also, I don't know if you saw Sehwag congratulating Rahim after the first test got over. I don't know why everyone is so sensitive. Tendulkar and Dravid can be as nice as they want, that doesn't mean someone who doesn't mollycoddle the 'deshis lacks manners. Frankly, the amount of political correctness in cricket is sickening. You know it's become a sport for pussies when the media thinks calling Rahim a kid is tantamount to sledging.

Som said...

SP, wish you never disagree with me :)

Som said...

Mahek, I still believe that was a careless comment by Sehwag. B'desh doesn't qualify for such mindgames, if it was.

BTW, I was just trying to be funny with him and nothing else. Few people love his occasional candour more than me:)

Mahek said...

Lol, I highly doubt Sehwag was playing mindgames with Bangladesh, but kudos to him if he was :D

Som said...

Mahek, game is enough to beat B'desh. Sehwag better preserve mindgames for mightier opponents:)

Mahek said...

Sehwag's got enough game for all the cricketing nations put together ;)

Som said...

Mahek, that's the impression I too get when he's on (bhajan) song:)

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