When Mr. Pawar got nudged..

Courtesy: India Times
To begin with, as the closing ceremony drew to a close, Ricky Ponting waved his fingers at BCCI president Sharad Pawar, signalling him to come and hand over the winners' trophy. It may or may not have been in jest but Pawar had the decency to just laugh and ask Ponting to step forward instead to complete the formalities.

But the story didn't end there. As the Aussies celebrated exuberantly, the stage was set for the victory photograph. However, even as the players were taking positions for the cameras, Damien Martyn tapped at Pawar - who happened to be standing there - and literally pushed him out of the stage. Pawar walked away quietly, not showing any hurt or anger.

Intentional or not, it did seem a bit rude on camera. For those of you who didn't get to watch the incident that I'm talking about, here is the video..

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Anonymous Sandip 5:59 PM

I found Ponting's gesture more rude than Martyn's.

They surely need some lessons in on and off field mannerisms.    

Anonymous Anonymous 8:50 PM

I think this is one of the worst kind of sportsmen tribe from Australia...alas for cricket which was once upon a time gentlemen's game!!!    

Anonymous Anonymous 9:23 PM

Gentlemen, thats what we think of the episode, just take a look at what Aussies think, http://community.channel4.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/821609267/m/1710051666

No doubt, this needs to be handled sternly and Aussies need to be taught a lesson    

Anonymous Anonymous 4:46 AM

It certainly was rude of the Australian players, but the chaos wouldn't have occurred had the organisers told the players that only the captain should go on the dias.

Unfortunately having read quotes attributed to Mr Pawar I question whether he is deserving of respect. He is quoted (I hope misquoted) in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying w.r.t the Hair dismissal

"The Pakistan Cricket Board briefed us on what happened to them in London. A man should not treat a country in that fashion and some of our colleagues agreed on that"

Treat a country - surely if he can't seperate 11 cricketers from a "country" questions need to be asked about his suitability for any political office.
Is this confusion surrounding "team" and "country" the norm on the subcontinent? When Mr Pawar say's the Aussies were rude is he actually insulting all Australians? Should I be offended?

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