Am SO angry about Delhi Daredevils’ loss to Chennai Super Kings last night, I could literally kill someone. And no, its not because I’m some rabid fan who cannot bear to see the local team lose. Nothing like that. I’m pissed off as hell because cricket and its establishment are making first class ch**ias of us all and we’re letting them. They give us one scripted match after another and we, the dumb, vapid, addicted audiences that we are, we lap it up while they laugh all the way to the bank.
We’ve known it all along of course. Who doesn’t know fixing exists? Even the most naïve of fans would be aware that every time these ‘sting operation’ type news items come to the fore, what we are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg. Aw c’mon, do we really believe that little nobodies like Mohnish Mishra and TP Sudhindran are ruining the game? Bullshit. The rot goes much deeper but the powers-that-be always find their scapegoat. We all know that. And yet, despite being fully aware that matches MAY be fixed we are happy to, more often than not, give benefit of the doubt to the game and assume that most matches are clean. Or unscripted, at the very least.
Which is why it causes my blood to boil when they don’t even bother to employ subtlety when it comes to fixing. It’s like they don’t even care that we’ll catch on. Just see how the IPL finals have turned out. First, Chennai gets three times lucky to qualify through the backdoor for the playoffs. Not one, but three random pieces of luck came together for that to happen (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it, I can’t be bothered to explain that here). Then, Mumbai Indians die a whimpering death at their hands in the first eliminator. And finally, an absolute bloody shocker against Delhi Daredevils in the second qualifier.
What the F@#K was that match? Right from the start, it was dubious. The season’s leading wicket taker and purple cap holder Morne Morkel was ‘rested’. Why on earth would you do that?!! So that BCCI boss Srinivasan’s team wins easily? What else are we supposed to think? Post match, we were given lame excuses by the team management that they ‘had to fill the all-rounder’s slot due to the injury to Irfan Pathan… yadda, yadda, yadda… blah, blah, blah’. But why sacrifice Morkel? And moreover, replace him with – no, not someone like Shahbaz Nadeem or even Agarkar – but Sunny Gupta. Who? Yes, exactly. Even the commentators were wondering about that one.
One of the country’s top cricket writers, Ayaz Memon tweeted: “What is the compelling reason for omitting Morne Morkel, this season’s leading bowler. Anybody know?” Moreover, Delhi also chose not to open with Virender Sehwag. That simply defies logic. It even prompted cricketer Aakash Chopra, to ask “First Morkel was rested and now, Viru isn’t opening. We’ve seen it all in this IPL…or is there something else left??”
Well, there you go. I’m not the only one asking these questions, but why aren’t we making a big hullabaloo about it? If you want to fix, at least don’t be so blatant and insult our intelligence. Do they think we’re idiots? What a sorry state of affairs.
Bring on Roland Garros, somebody.