Indian fans are the most immature : Atherton

Published: Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:38 [IST]
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Grow up, Indian supporters !

London: Former England captain Mike Atherton has termed the Indian supporters as the 'most immature' lot in the cricket world. Atherton advised them to accept defeat as an essential part of the game.

In an article in The Times, Atherton said Indian fans need to understand that the team they support would not win everything.

"It is time for Indian cricket supporters to grow up and accept defeat as an essential part of the game. Sport is not about winning; it is about losing. Trust me, we in English cricket know more about that than anyone," he said.

Burning 'Dhoni' is not the answer

"They will lose in various ways — some thrillingly, some abjectly — but lose they will. It is what makes the moments of triumph all the more special.

"After all, if winning was all about there was, what would there be to celebrate? Indian supporters, the most immature in cricket, cannot seem to grasp this simple fact," he said.

Cricket fans in India have reacted violently after crashing out in Twenty20 world cup. The fans burned captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's effigy in his home town Jharkhand and questioned his leadership.


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