SRT booing - what is the big deal?
I read with some degree of amusement the hoo-haa regarding the booing of Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhade. Some of the reactions bordered on the ridiculous like that of Ajay Jadeja who termed it probably the saddest day for Indian cricket. Vengsarkar went on to call the spectators fools and proudly told of his achievement of getting some spectators thrown out of the ground who later booed Ian Bell when he was returning after being out.
Remember the last time u went to see a movie and didn't like it? Remember the last time the theater erupted with whistles and boos when the people who pay hard earned money feel they r being shortchanged? Would u say that those people r fools and should be thrown out of the theater? Some might say yes, coz it spoils the fun for the others ... but this wouldn't hold good for people watching a match in a stadium ... some people booing shouldn't spoil anything for the others.
See, for me it is as simple as this - A guy pays money to come into the ground and watch a match. He has certain expectations in terms of what he will get back in return for his money ... and he is definitely within his rights to expect something worth his money. See here, before someone comments on the obvious - booing is different and hurling abuse is different. When I say "boo", I mean expressing displeasure with someone / something by whistling or making hooting noises ... and not calling the person @#$!%^ or $#$#%^!.
What makes booing cricketers different from booing filmstars? Sachin Tendulkar didn't get booed because he failed in the first innings at Mumabi ... he got booed coz he has repeatedly been letting down the expectations of the people in the recent past ... and it just went past boiling point. SRT is a darling of the people but the Indian public is also in need for fulfilment of its desires and needs - a big score from the man when the team is in trouble, not awkward pokes that remind one of Ajit Agarkar or Zaheer Khan.
SRT failed, as he usually does nowadays and the public reacted. Probably, if it had not been SRT he might already be cooling the benches ... since it is SRT he is still the undisputed number 4 of the team ... and to say that people do not even have the right to boo his bad performances is really ridiculous.
A question for Vengsarkar ... assuming u meant "booing" and not "abusing" when u said that u got some people thrown out for booing Ian Bell, who gave u the authority to dictate how people express their sentiments?
See, the same public which is being criticized for booing Tendulkar goes to the polls and elects governments ... we trust them to do that and surely we can trust them to judge a cricketer ... really, I do believe it is much simpler.
A single man did not boo Tendulkar ... it is a movement that is gaining ground slowly and steadily and just like a man can vote for the BJP one time and the congress the next time, he can applaud SRT one time and criticize him the next time ... he has that right and the Vengsarkars and others of his ilk cannot take away that right. As for Ajay Jadeja who thought it was Indian cricket's saddest day ... man, get a life! There is more to Indian cricket than worshipping Tendulkar.
BTW, I am just salivating at the thought of hearing Sunil Gavaskar's take on the matter. i.e. - if he is able to speak with all that indignation choking him down.
Chalo cheers people
P.S. - A thought struck me so putting this at the end ... please do not equate SRT's booing to the Calcutta crowd booing the entire Indian team and supporting South Africa ... in my opinion, the two are not the same and the same arguments do not hold.