Hari the Hadron

Friday, June 24, 2005


There is article in today's "The Hindu", Chennai edition titled "Fruitful day for Indians" commending the performance of four Indian cricketers playing the English county cricket. I was very happy that Indian cricketers have at last performed well at the English county. But I was astonished and anguished at how our sports media misguide us with their luring titles. They have listed the performance of the players as below :

  1. Dinesh Mongia gave 19 runs of 4 overs and took a wicket, in addition scored 39 runs with the bat. Can be described as "Not a bad performance" at best.
  2. Irfan Pathan took 3 wickets of 4 overs for 16 runs. A good performance and matches the title of the article.
  3. Harbhajan Singh stated to have bowled very miserly giving just 22 runs in 4 overs. Even a person with modest cricketing knowledge would accept the word "miserly" to be a misnomer here and that this is at best a "deplorable" performance by the baller.
  4. Our famous Sourav Ganguly scored 10 runs with the bat as opening batsman and gave 30 runs of 3 overs taking one wicket showcases his worst decline in cricketing standards and our super journalist calls this a fruitful outing.

Even considering it only 20 over matches, it cannot be said to be creditable enough to be called fruitful.

Is it that a great Newspaper like "The Hindu" does not have a quality sports reporter or is it that the definition of performance among the media has become synonymous to non-performance that even deplorable outings like the one above is termed fruitful.

Tomorrow if the media finds a two year old boy of an affluent father walking on his own, they might snap his photos and immediately portray him as the future "Jessy Owens" of India, a great athlete in the making.

In India, the media definitely uplifts and encourages the sportsmen, but to an extent that they kill the sports in them and make them at best a good model. Like they say "Amirtham" ( the divine nectar) beyond a certain levels becomes poison, so does media glare to the sportsmen.

The same thing is being done to Sanya Mirza in tennis. Her second round defeat to the Russian at Wimbledon is glorified like a Championship victory by the media, where in fact she had earlier defeated this same player in straight sets in Dubai Open. Her performance has in fact gone down. The player herself is misguided by the media glare and she too is happy with her deteriorating performance. I do not say media should have put down Sania, but they should have given her a cautious encouragement to an extent it does not make her complacent.


  • Hi Everybody. Please feel free to comment. Even criticism would be a compliment.

    By Blogger hari, at 7:22 PM  

  • Hi Hari..I totally agree wid you..
    You talked like a real sports lover!!

    By Blogger Gangadhar, at 12:31 AM  

  • Pertinent points of view, Hari. How come you haven't talked about the high hopes that the media and Narain Karthikeyan raised in all of us...can somebody do a honest and realistic feature on his performances lately?

    By Anonymous Ravi, at 1:39 AM  

  • I agree with you so much Hari..and i agree that Media is so successful at misguiding everyone...
    Its sad...
    I too agree that cases like Sania Mirza are too far stretched...
    I mean the fact that she was invited to the TOI office and allowed to design the main page... "too much" really..disghusting and the fact is the readers are not really fools...
    Then who is the media trying to fool?

    By Blogger perspective, at 5:35 AM  

  • I guess Indians are encouraged in their mediocrity... it's as if everybody is so used to Indian sports persons performances being dismal, that even a little bit of "form" is seen as a big deal. It's such a pity.

    By Blogger Shyam, at 12:58 PM  

  • Hi Hari, Valid point. Lower our sports people perform, the media lowers the benchmark even further. They also tend to hype and celebrate even before a match... forget waiting for the match to happen and our person to win.

    By Blogger Vidhur, at 3:46 PM  

  • Ganguly scored 10 runs *clap clap clap* It indeed matches the title !!!!

    By Blogger P-H-A-N-T-O-M, at 9:49 PM  

  • "cautious encouragement to Sania" well said, hari. i so agree...


    By Blogger None, at 4:11 AM  

  • so true......esp with sania and narain karthikeyan our media,print and television,seems to have lost common sense. they are either puttin then on pedestals too high or pullin them down too hard.....responsible reporting....and cricket waitin for the next season to start so that i can crib and turn off sports news as they discuss y n how sachin cant play and saurav shudnt and watever.....for hours on end with experts who seem to have forgotten he game they used to play.......
    btw i write long comments hope u dont mind!:-)

    By Anonymous divya, at 12:19 PM  

  • Hari, I blogrolled you but unlike a good title that you gave me, I was left wondering how to describe you. Any ideas? :-)

    By Blogger thennavan, at 10:12 PM  

  • Hi Ganga,

    I am a lover of any event our nation is involved in.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:19 AM  

  • Ravi,

    you are right. I missed out Narain. His elevation is the father of all rubbish acts performed by our media.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:21 AM  

  • Lavanya,

    Sania designed front page of "TOI"!!!! Its the height of rubbishness.

    Seems Hindu is better.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:22 AM  

  • Shyam, You are absolutely right. The breed of committed sportsmen seems to have become extinct.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:23 AM  

  • Hi Vidya,

    The media just wants to fill in the pages of their newspaper. They create a scoop of nothing.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:24 AM  

  • Hi Phantom,
    It is indeed a great achievement that Ganguly scored a double figure after a long time.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:25 AM  

  • Ramyaaaa....

    Thanks and welcome after a looooonnnnnggggg time.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:26 AM  

  • Hi Divya,

    Very rightly said. Our media is also responsible for shattering the career of many a promising sportspersons.

    You are most welcome to give long comments. Anyway my posts are also generally long. So we belong to the same breed.

    By Blogger hari, at 3:28 AM  

  • Hi Thennavan,

    You have already given me a great title. And blogrolling in your blog in itself is an honour. There is no greater title than this.


    By Blogger hari, at 3:29 AM  

  • Hari, thanks for that note on my blog. Appreciate it :-)

    By Blogger thennavan, at 9:13 AM  

  • If I comment what I wanted to comment, there wd be lot of hard feelings... so, I better not.

    P.S:: Hari.. nothing to do with u personally.

    By Blogger Chakra Sampath, at 2:11 AM  

  • Hi Chakra,

    Go ahead and do it. Blog is a mixture of all feelings and tastes.

    By Blogger hari, at 12:20 AM  

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