Cricket is popularly termed as a gentleman’s game. This definition did hold good in the initial days of its very inception. However, as generations passed by, we can rarely see this being depicted currently. It can be attributed to scandals, spot-fixing, ball-tampering, sledging, foul celebration techniques, etc. Also, the Aussies are always at the forefront when such topics are being discussed.
The Australian cricket team is undoubtedly the best performing team in all formats of cricket. They upheld this tag for several years together. However, they are also well known for their foul play, exhibiting aggression more than any other team on the field. The same extends during their celebration as well.
In the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar trophy, India emerged victorious after breaching the Gabba fortress. We also saw the acting captain, Ajinkya Rahane gifting Nathan Lyon a signed jersey during the celebration.
The Gabba test was Lyon’s 100th appearance in test matches and Team India planned to make it memorable for him. This wonderful gesture by the Indian team was widely lauded by the cricket fraternity. We rarely witness such gentle-manliness nowadays and this scene was a treat to watch.
However, a video of Aussies celebrating during a presentation in 2006 has hit the headlines recently. Damien Martyn was seen pushing the ex-president, Sharad Pawar off the stage. It has angered the fans who have now started comparing Indian and Aussies celebration.
Highlights of the 2006 match between Aussies and Caribbeans
Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium hosted the finals of the Champion’s trophy between Australia and West Windies. It was anticipated to be a close encounter but received the wrath of rain gods.
Batting first, West Indies scored a quick 49/0 in just 5 overs. Openers Chanderpaul and Gayle stormed the ground with a volley of boundaries. Things were going well for the Carribeans despite Chanderpaul departing early. Sarwan and Gayle steadily carried the innings forward to 79/2 in just 9 overs.
With a deep batting lineup for the West Indies, a platform for a high-scoring target was set. However, Ponting deputed Bracken to wreak havoc which he did. He got the better off Gayle along with two others, conceding just 20 runs in his 5 overs. Mcgrath and Watson completed the formalities later on by removing Lara, Morton, and others in quick succession. Destructive bowling ultimately bundled out the Caribbeans for just 138 in 30.4 overs
Rains also made their appearance to make things worse for West Indies later on. A target of 116 was set for the Aussies in 35 overs which they scored with ease with the help of Watson and Martin. Both of them demonstrated a brilliant performance scoring unbeaten 57 and 47 respectively. Aussies won the match with 41 balls left and clinched the trophy in style.
The post match presentation drama
An unusual incident happened in the post-match presentation ceremony. The then BCCI president Sharad Powar had delayed handing over the trophy over to Australia. This did not go well down with Ponting who openly expressed his disappointment over him. Ponting signaled Pawar to give them the silverware after which Martin was seen pushing and escorting him out of the stage.
Watch the video here:
Reaction from Indians and Aussies
The media lashed out at such unprofessional behavior of the Aussies, mentioning them as rude and arrogant. Vengsarkar termed the incident as appalling and the Aussies as uneducated people. He also added that Pawar could have been requested to leave the stage gently if they wanted to pose for the photographs.
Tendulkar condemned the incident and urged to avoid such occurrences in the future. He also demanded to show respect to someone in such a dignified position. Australian skipper, Ponting sensed the urgency of the situation and immediately seek an apology from Pawar to clear out things without aggravating. The matter was then settled with the president forgiving gracefully. It is due to this mutual understanding between India and Aussies that they still hold a cordial relationship between themselves.