Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Australia's Michael Clarke, second from the left, tosses the coin as India's MS Dhoni, second from the right, and others look on. Tony Greig suggests that India has an 'apparent indifference' to Test cricket.
Australia's Michael Clarke, second from the left, tosses the coin as India's MS Dhoni, second from the right, and others look on. Tony Greig suggests that India has an 'apparent indifference' to Test cricket.

Statement by Tony Greig on India lacks any substance

It wasn't what Tony Greig said during the Spirit of Cricket lecture that was the problem. It was what he didn't say. To Dileep Premachandran, emphatic statements and sweeping judgements are fine, provided they're backed up by facts and figures.

 

It wasn't what Tony Greig said during the Spirit of Cricket lecture that was the problem. It was what he didn't say.

Emphatic statements and sweeping judgements are fine, provided they're backed up by facts and figures.

When not, it's easy for those on the receiving end to turn and say: "Ah, but you have an axe to grind."

When you speak of things like "India's apparent indifference towards Test cricket", you need to back it up with more than rhetoric. When a country played 14 Tests in 2010, 11 in 2011 and plans nine in 2012, it takes a leap of the imagination to suggest they don't take the format seriously.

If the inference is based on the poor results in England and Australia, then it could be easily argued that England were indifferent to the five-day game for most of the 1980s and 1990s, while getting trounced by West Indies, Australia and even India - 3-0 in 1992/93.

When you then go on to say: "Test cricket is still paramount in England, South Africa and Australia but disappointingly it is no longer as important in India as it once was," you really are setting yourself up for a fall.

If Test cricket is so paramount in England, why was the series against South Africa downgraded to just three Tests? If Australia cherish it, can anyone explain the Big Bash being played alongside the India series last year? And what can you say of South Africa, who recently scrapped their traditional Boxing Day Test in favour of a Twenty20?

There's a lot to dislike about the way the Indian board functions, but half-truths don't help to improve matters. In a polarised world, it's nuance that is needed, not needle.

sports@thenational.ae

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

Have a catchy caption for this picture. Share it with us and we might publish it and reward you.

 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National