Whatever be the fact, the truth remains that the dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag remains an unfortunate guy. At the end of the day, the team’s victory does matter. But it would have been an icing on the cake for Team India, had the Delhi opener reached the three-figure mark.
It was an out and out ‘effort’ by the ‘experienced’ Suraj Randiv as if he had been playing cricket for decades, who knew when to bowl which ball. How can a bowler bowl a ball at the very end of the match when all it mattered was an individual achievement? A no-ball or not, it would not have mattered a bit to any of the Sri Lankan players who had lost the match tamely to the powerful Indian team from the very first ball of the match. On the contrary, it would have been a sort of greatness to allow Sehwag reach to the three-figure mark and complete his 13th One Day International century.
It was a ‘plan’ hatched by the island nation to deny Sehwag a deserving century. How all the five runs needed could finally be byes? It is inexplicable. Sri Lanka have done it to the Little Master – Sachin Tendulkar himself before, when he was stranded on 96. Why does a nation behave in this timid way? Who will give satisfactory answers to all these? India have always shown the superior spirit in the past too and this time as well by declaring it a ‘closed chapter’. An internal enquiry has been ordered in this no-ball issue. This Sri Lankan player should be marked a no-player – not to be selected for a year in the national squad.
As an exemplary punishment, the international record of the accused – Suraj Randiv should be erased and he should be banned for a year from all types of cricket – international and domestic.