'Crowing' Martin held high in the eyes of Wasim Akram

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 4:11 [IST]
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Bangalore: This World Cup refuses to have a quite day. Every single day has thrown up sensational stuff even with a host of so called minnows darting the fixtures chart in the first phase.

I don't suppose I need to journey through the sensations thus far; the latest being Sri Lanka's shock defeat, as most of you are abreast with the ebb and flow of things.

So I will cut to the chase and zero in on the sensation of the day... 'Wasim Akram'.

What a cricketer!! From the day he set foot he was destined for greater glory as he was seen as somebody special.

He had loads of talent but it needed to be harnessed and harness he did.

What better could he have asked for, as a testimony to his hard work and dedication, than to be the first man atop the 500-wicket haul.

However, deviating from the man himself, I would like to pick something that he said which caught my attention to a topic that had been vehemently debated in the web medium not too long ago - "What's Martin Crowing about?"

The Indian skipper, Saurav Ganguly, had apparently questioned using it as a benchmark to weigh Crowe the commentator.

To be precise, Ganguly lashed out at the comments made by Crowe regarding his form and captaincy.

I wonder what Ganguly will have to say to the thoughts of one of the world's greatest fast bowlers on show, who spoke of the great Viv Richards and Martin Crowe in the same breath?

Wasim said it was always a personal victory to remove the likes of Viv Richards and Martin Crowe. "These were the geniuses of One-day cricket, and they knew how to play reverse swing."

Could Crowe have asked for more?

As already pointed out by one reputed web commentator, there was an enormous logical fallacy in Ganguly's so called riposte to the former Kiwi captain.

No matter how many people take up for Ganguly's lashing at Crowe, today in the light of Wasim Akram's opinion his 'riposte' is stripped bare.

Crowe might have gone overboard with his remarks of Ganguly but there is little doubt in that the Indian skipper's mode of questioning was off base.

I suppose, Ganguly would have been better served had he chosen 'Ganguly the cricketer' than 'Ganguly the writer' to do the talking, for in doing so he would made a stronger statement.

In closing, whether Saurav had done well with his riposte or Mr Crowe needed to shut, one thing is clear in the light of Akram's words and that is, according to Ganguly's own dictum, Crowe today has been handed the credentials by none other than the world's highest wicket taker.

So, crow Martin crow.


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