Mukul Kesavan in The Telegraph, Calcutta:
“Indians don’t think much of Ricky Ponting for several reasons. His first tour was dogged by rumours of bad behaviour, his second tour was an embarrassment (he scored 11 runs). His on-field aggression strikes them as offensive, he spits into his palms and rubs them together (leaving desis to wonder how he gets people to shake hands with him) and not only does he look remarkably like George Bush, he behaves like him too.
“Bush invaded Iraq and then managed to get the invasion ratified by the United Nations. Anglo-American rhetoric about the legitimacy of pre-emptive war is similar to Australian cricket’s argument that bullying (so long as it wins matches) can be justified as robustness. ‘Hard but Fair’ in the world defined by Bush begins to read like ‘Shock and Awe’.”
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