Today the cricket series has come to an end. The result has been reverse of the one we witnessed last month. Indian team was whitewashed there and now has been the one to whitewash their competitors.
The reversal has not been limited to on-field performance. While the Indian fans were dejected in the previous set of encounters, they are on a high in the just-concluded series.
More than that, the difference is evident in the way local media behaved. while the stage was set in England, the local media over there went berserk degrading Indian players and team, calling them names not considered parliamentary to say the least. An English ex-captain, who had earlier led a team which fell flat on its face not very long ago, took liberty of unleashing his tongue on Indian players' performance. I vividly remember a match where the same gentleman, after hitting a century had pointed towards his own team as if to prove a point. Such was the chemistry of his own team and now that he was sitting in commentary box, he conveniently forgot the past and used and adjective, which could have very well suited a team where the captain had to display such an attitude towards his own team. .
Month changed and so did the country. The defeated team was to play the host and this time the tables were turned around in the field. The victors were made to taste the dust having lost the series 5-0.
However this time around it was a different kind of host and different media to be faced. while Indian media reported the result and the jubilation associated with it, it refrained from making any comments on the visiting team or any member of it. The media understood the spirit of the game and never wrote something derogatory about the guests. While English captain accepted poor performance if his team while fielding, Indians considered their guests nothing but human beings.
Well, English media seems to have a lot to learn. Being Humane being the foremost!