The other name Of cricket is tragedy
Till the other day perhaps most Indian parents would have dreamt that their sons could one day emerge as cricketers. The name, fame and glory – the three elements of modern day achievements came to these mortals rather easily and a few of them also attained almost immortality in the process. Look at Sachin Tendulkar; fans and journalists, writers and netas do not hesitate to treat the master blaster as ‘God’.
But not any longer maybe. The rare ignominy about ‘disgraced cricketer son’ has been now first echoed in the painful voice of aging Santhakumaran Nair, whose son S Sreesanth has been arrested and is cooling his heels behind bars, his offence being: he played ball with the bookies and fixers and tried to manipulate the sporting event. Sreesanth has played for India and thus when the Delhi police announced his arrest along with two other players, the cricketing fans across the country and beyond were anguished and hurt.
IPL star Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by Delhi police after a month long vigilance on them under the personal supervision of Delhi Police Commissioner, Neeraj Kumar.
“It’s a black morning for me and for those who have played this gentleman’s game,” came in terse regret from former Indian wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, who also wore the Indian cap in the 1983 World Cup winning team. The lid off this shameful chapter of Indian cricket, a great national unifier otherwise, was taken out by Delhi police.