Gentlemen bowlers

EVEN AS cricketers debate over sledging in international cricket, the Minister of State for Primary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, seems to have joined the bandwagon with his assessment of the game.

Prof. Chandrashekar's comments came at the 37th anniversary function of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) where cricketer, Javagal Srinath, was a guest.

According to him, Indian bowlers, though are committed to the game, are the least intimidating when it comes to the "verbal warfare" on the field. While Australians display "uncontrolled aggression" on the field, he said the Pakistani speedster, Shoaib Akhtar's antics after the fall of each wicket does not "amuse me at all."

Preferring to call the Indian bowlers, including the leg spinner, Anil Kumble, as gentlemen bowlers, he said Javagal Srinath does not display too much emotion even after taking a wicket. "His emotion lasts not more than 30 seconds, while others' lasts for an extended period."

On Rahul Dravid, Prof. Chandrashekar said, "fans can only see him smile after he reaches his 100 and he will lift his bat to acknowledge the cheers in case he reaches 200.''

Prof. Chandrashekar said as against the established practise of being aggressive on the field to win a game, Indian bowlers have shown discipline, commitment and love towards the game, thus inspiring many a youngster.

By Sharath S. Srivatsa in Mysore