Commentator Harsha Bhogle has expressed his displeasure at the controversies that arose in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia. He believes that the series will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, rather than the excellent brand of cricket displayed by both the teams.
Though the ongoing India Vs. Australia Test series has seen some good contest between bat and ball, Harsha Bhogle believes that it will be remembered for its toxicity rather than the cricket between the two countries. As good as the series has been so far, it hasn’t been the best series, as far as the discipline of the two sides is concerned. This series has seen some unfortunate incidents which are not in keeping with the spirit of the game.
First, there was the ‘DRS saga’ which had both Smith and Kohli involved, and though the situation was brought under control by the BCCI and the CA, the drama of the incident still looms large in the shadows. And now, in the recently concluded third Test, Glenn Maxwell’s mocking of Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury, followed by Kohli’s wild celebrations after David Warner’s dismissal have certainly hogged the headlines.
Harsha Bhogle has expressed his thoughts on these incidents on Twitter, making it clear that some of his friends in Australia believe that this series will certainly be remembered for the wrong reasons.
According to Bhogle, such incidents show the spirit of cricket in a bad light, as people talk about them way too much, watching them over and over again. Bhogle also believes that such incidents shift the focus of the players, to the wrong aspects of the game, as opposed to, doing well in the series.
Just like all others, the veteran cricket commentator just wants cricket to be the ultimate winner of the series, thereby putting an end to all the negative issues which threaten to hinder the smooth running of the game. With the series currently level at 1-1, we hope it ends on a positive note.
Here are Bhogle's Tweets:
Friends in Australia tell me they are perturbed by the toxicity this series has generated. Cricket lovers in India saying so too.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
If we have to use toxicity and divisiveness to spread our game, we are using a short-term approach that can only be harmful.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
I am particularly perturbed by the fact that some of us in the media are promoting this divisiveness and taking sides to spread ill-will.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
A lot of us entered this profession because we love sport and had the opportunity to talk/write about it. We didn't enter to spread toxicity— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
Creating a Big Brother/Big Boss kind of toxicity to gain eyeballs and generate headlines will prove harmful eventually.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017
I also believe administrators need to ensure that while there will be passion at work, and frayed tempers, it cannot be a series of its own.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 21, 2017