Paul Ford blogs very infrequently over at Cricinfo (and merely infrequently at Stuff), and in his latest Cricinfo post he has deconstructed Mark Richardson’s article. It’s a nice read and I wish I had gone straight to this rather than trawl through the comments in Richardson’s article looking for a decent rebuttal.
However, I couldn’t help but trawl the comment of Ford’s post. Not much going on there, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Though I did find this piece of verbiage which, even allowing for English being the poster’s second language, is quite unique:
Am I missing something here! You guys have a strange way of welcoming visitors (read India). You humiliate a visiting sports person because his Shoes were “Dirty?!!!!!?”. A “humble” former player-turned-writer forgets to mention that the pitches were deemed very Bad for Cricket by several pundits. His “critique” forgets to observe His “humble” mate never faced a Bond in unfamiliar conditions on his way to getting 48 runs before he was out everytime!! Everyone forgets that 15 oC is At Least 20 oC less than what is faced anywhere in India – the limiting definition of “unfamiliar conditions”! All this, while there Are no complaints from the visitors about the pitches last time!! I quite don’t understand this attitude! Do you guys want to do an Oz? Or is it because you are the latest to suffer the monitory inferiority complex – or just now got a chance to exhibit it?! Or is it because you are self-guilty of having hosted a bad series last time. Or is it because you want to spice up a no-entertainer of a series? Or is it because you never wanted to host us, but are doing it only for the money? Or is it because you really want some free money without playing – but are ashamed of getting (begging for) it from India? Or is it because you guys are afraid of winning and so finding ways of covering your “posteriors” a prioi?! If it is any one of the above reasons, or any other, there is always a single different way of addressing your fears and recentments or goals. In India we call it honest front door entry with civility. Especially, since cricket is no Rugby! The story of Swan and Fox is as stupid and irrelevant as it gets. A Swan only has vessels that suite its eating habits. It takes money, resources, a while and more than a few visits by the Fox, for the Swan to be able to serve on anything other than is naturally available to it! With Money and resources, the Swan has consistently been serving more Fox-favoring vessels over the years! Well, the Fox is yet to design ONE Swan-favoring vessel!! It is quite not clear what is it that is pricking you guys?! God bless you guys to cool down! Or may be Dhoni can help you guys. But ask him Nicely!