The last month saw one of the biggest reputations in Indian cricket, nay world cricket, take a terrible beating. Kapil Dev, one of the finest all-rounders the game has seen, was accused by his own colleague of attempting match-fixing.
The former India captain was seen weeping uncontrollably during a BBC interview before a world audience. It was indeed a sad occasion to see a cricketing hero, who always carried a macho image, say with choked emotion, "I would rather die than betray my country."
Kapil Dev has been drawn further into the vortex of the ongoing betting and match-fixing controversy with Manoj Prabhakar presenting excerpts of a secretly videographed tell-tale interviews of several cricketing persons.
I have closely followed Kapil Dev's career, from the time he broke into international cricket scene as a rustic young Jat from Haryana in 1978, with a plenty of raw pace and not a little energy to match.
His crying act may have drawn a lot of sympathy, but he himself must have realised that being a Jat, whatever he had done, whether unwittingly or as a deliberate act of play-acting, was an anachronism of his accepted image. And next time out on TV, he took a more aggressive stance.