Indian greats shocked, call for change of youngsters’ behaviour
While three Bangladeshi and two Indian players have already been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their delinquency during the final of the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, Indian greats say they are still quite shocked by the youngsters’ conduct.
Many believe sledging in cricket is like a “gift” by the Australians, but according to the Indian former cricketers, nobody can cross the limit even for the sake of competitiveness.
Giving the perfect example of West Indies who never had to sledge to show their aggression, but their game spoke for themselves, India’s first World Cup winning captain admitted he was not prepared for what he saw by both Indian and Bangladeshi players in the Potchefstroom final on Sunday.
“That look, eyebrows raised, hands on hips, and a vicious bouncer past your nose would give the message,” Kapil told The Hindu.
He also added that it is okay to be aggressive on the field, but it has to be measured.
“I welcome aggression. Nothing wrong in it. But it has to be controlled aggression. You can’t cross the line of decency in the name of being competitive. Personally, I would say it was unacceptable that youngsters put up such obnoxious display on the cricket field,” he noted.
Meanwhile the former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin also thought it was not the fault from one particular team, rather he was highly critical of both the teams.
“How can you do this? You just keep abusing the opponent, right through the game, in the name of playing hard. Australians played hard always but without getting personal. We had fast bowlers who did not believe in using cuss words to pump themselves up or upset the batsmen,” he said.
Sunil Gavaskar, another all-time great of India, has also taken his stance against the poor behaviour on the field by modern cricketers.
While a total of five players were sanctioned, spinner Ravi Bishnoi was the most animated of the lot, and so he was handed two extra demerits points for the manner in which he celebrated the dismissal of Avishek Das in the 23rd over of the Bangladesh innings, which breached Article 2.5.
But Kapil thinks such gutso celebration is completely unnecessary. “When you have got the batsman out what is the need of cursing him. Haven’t you won your battle by getting him out?”
Another former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi also slammed the Indian Under-19 team for their misconduct on the field. According to him, opposition’s behaviour should never be an excuse for one’s own action. “Look, what Bangladesh do is their problem, what our boys do is our problem. You could see that there was abusive language used.”