India vs Australia 2017

Ind vs Aus: Why Maxwell mocking Kohli is not done but the Indian skipper must shoulder the blame too

India and Australia have both been pretty childish about this. We can’t suddenly expect them to grow up and treat the matter with any sort of maturity.

There is a line that must not be crossed but once it has been crossed, then what?

It will be a much-discussed moment – the 80th over had just begun, the new ball had been taken and Pat Cummins was charging in, with Cheteshwar Pujara on strike.

Pujara defended the first ball easily. The second ball was an attempted yorker but Pujara converted it into a full toss and flicked it through mid-wicket for four. The third ball was short of length and on the pads. Pujara once again helped it along between mid-wicket and square leg.

Only this time, Glenn Maxwell gave chase. He charged after it, dived near the boundary line (just like Kohli), rolled nicely (not like Kohli) and saved a run (not like Kohli). Great cricket. Then, things got a little ugly. He got up, jumped over the boundary line, gave it some thought and mockingly clutched his right shoulder.

That desperate dive also ensured that Kohli, not Pujara, was on strike for the next ball. Then, Cummins produced the coup de grâce.

Kohli shaped for the drive but only ended up edging the ball to Steve Smith at second slip. The Australian skipper celebrated the dismissal by hurling a few choice words in Kohli’s direction.

The Aussies – well, just Maxwell – were mocking Kohli’s injury and the commentators caught onto it quickly. VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra felt that there was a line to be drawn – there are a few things that must never be done. On Twitter, Indian and Aussie fans quickly rushed to take the higher moral ground. Well, Mitch Johnson even incinerated someone.

But really given all that we have seen in the series so far, can either side complain anymore?

Even before the series began – Smith made it clear… the Aussies are going to sledge. Kohli, on this part, responded in kind. The battle lines were drawn pretty early and both teams have consciously pushed the envelope. There has been a constant ratcheting up of the sledging stakes – so much so that it has come to a point where the two captains avoided eye contact at the toss before the start of the Ranchi Test.

India didn’t help matters when none of them clapped when Smith reached his century – even though Ajinkya Rahane did shake his hand at the close of play. Kohli, sitting in the dressing room, also thought it was okay to applaud the lack of Australia’s DRS appeals when they had a huge appeal against Pujara.

The Aussie response wasn’t great but at the end of the day, you reap what sow. India and Australia have both been pretty childish about this. We can’t suddenly expect them to grow up and treat the matter with any sort of maturity.

In fact, the outrage is funny. Just what are we outraging?

In the past, Shikhar Dhawan did something very similar to Shane Watson and Mahendra Singh Dhoni called a stop to it. But if Kohli and Smith are going to encourage their players to have a go at the opposition at every available occasion, expect such madness to occur regularly.

Before the match, Kohli had spoken about the need to get the focus back on the cricket. But given the way both skippers have acted, they clearly have been unable to focus solely on the game itself. The umpires haven’t said anything – which also perhaps indicates just how worthless the entire debate is.

When Australia come out to bat, you can also be sure that Kohli will want to pay the Aussies back in the same coin. So instead of trying to figure out which team was worse in the mocking stakes, let’s just try and win a game a cricket. On last count, that was hard enough on it’s own.

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From catching Goan dances in Lisbon to sampling langar in Munich

A guide to the surprising Indian connect in Lisbon and Munich.

For several decades, a trip to Europe simply meant a visit to London, Paris and the Alps of Switzerland. Indians today, though, are looking beyond the tried and tested destinations and making an attempt to explore the rest of Europe as well. A more integrated global economy, moreover, has resulted in a more widespread Indian diaspora. Indeed, if you know where to look, you’ll find traces of Indian culture even in some unlikely cities. Lisbon and Munich are good cities to include in your European sojourn as they both offer compelling reasons to visit, thanks to a vibrant cultural life. Here’s a guide to everything Indian at Lisbon and Munich, when you wish to take a break from all the sight-seeing and bar crawling you’re likely to indulge in.

Lisbon

Lisbon is known as one of the most vibrant cities in Western Europe. On its streets, the ancient and the modern co-exist in effortless harmony. This shows in the fact that the patron saint day festivities every June make way for a summer that celebrates the arts with rock, jazz and fado concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions taking place around the city. Every two years, Lisbon also hosts the largest Rock festival in the world, Rock in Rio Lisboa, that sees a staggering footfall.

The cultural life of the city has seen a revival of sorts under the current Prime Minister, Antonio Costa. Costa is of Indian origin, and like many other Indian-origin citizens prominent in Portugal’s political, business and entertainment scenes, he exemplifies Lisbon’s deep Indian connect. Starting from Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India, Lisbon’s historic connection to Goa is well-documented. Its traces can be still be seen on the streets of both to this day.

While the Indian population in Lisbon is largely integrated with the local population, a few diaspora groups are trying to keep their cultural roots alive. Casa de Goa, formed in the ‘90s, is an association of people of Goans, Damanese and Diuese origins residing in Lisbon. Ekvat (literally meaning ‘roots’ in Konkani) is their art and culture arm that aims to preserve Goan heritage in Portugal. Through all of its almost 30-year-long existence, Ekvat has been presenting traditional Goan dance and music performances in Portugal and internationally.

Be sure to visit the Champlimaud Centre for the Unknown, hailed a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, which was designed by the critically-acclaimed Goan architect Charles Correa. If you pay attention, you can find ancient Indian influences, like cut-out windows and stand-alone pillars. The National Museum of Ancient Art also has on display a collection of intricately-crafted traditional Goan jewellery. At LOSTIn - Esplanada Bar, half of the people can be found lounging about in kurtas and Indian shawls. There’s also a mural of Bal Krishna and a traditional Rajasthani-style door to complete the desi picture. But it’s not just the cultural landmarks that reflect this connection. The integration of Goans in Lisbon is so deep that most households tend to have Goa-inspired textiles and furniture as a part of their home decor, and most families have adapted Goan curries in their cuisine. In the past two decades, the city has seen a surge in the number of non-Goan Indians as well. North Indian delicacies, for example, are readily available and can be found on Zomato, which has a presence in the city.

If you wish to avoid the crowds of the peak tourist season, you can even consider a visit to Lisbon during winter. To plan your trip, check out your travel options here.

Munich

Munich’s biggest draw remains the Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer festival for which millions of people from around the world converge in this historic city. Apart from the flowing Oktoberfest beer, it also offers a great way to get acquainted with the Bavarian folk culture and sample their traditional foods such as Sauerkraut (red cabbage) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

If you plan to make the most of the Oktoberfest, along with the Bavarian hospitality you also have access to the services of the Indian diaspora settled in Munich. Though the Indian community in Munich is smaller than in other major European destinations, it does offer enough of a desi connect to satisfy your needs. The ISKCON temple at Munich observes all major rituals and welcomes everyone to their Sunday feasts. It’s not unusual to find Germans, dressed in saris and dhotis, engrossed in the bhajans. The Art of Living centre offers yoga and meditation programmes and discourses on various spiritual topics. The atmosphere at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sabha is similarly said to be peaceful and accommodating of people of all faiths. They even organise guided tours for the benefit of the non-Sikhs who are curious to learn more about the religion. Their langar is not to be missed.

There are more options that’ll help make your stay more comfortable. Some Indian grocery stores in the city stock all kinds of Indian spices and condiments. In some, like Asien Bazar, you can even bargain in Hindi! Once or twice a month, Indian film screenings do take place in the cinema halls, but the best way to catch up on developments in Indian cinema is to rent video cassettes and VCDs. Kohinoor sells a wide range of Bollywood VCDs, whereas Kumaras Asean Trades sells Tamil cassettes. The local population of Munich, and indeed most Germans too, are largely enamoured by Bollywood. Workshops on Bollywood dance are quite popular, as are Bollywood-themed events like DJ nights and dance parties.

The most attractive time to visit is during the Oktoberfest, but if you can brave the weather, Munich during Christmas is also a sight to behold. You can book your tickets here.

Thanks to the efforts of the Indian diaspora abroad, even lesser-known European destinations offer a satisfying desi connect to the proud Indian traveller. Lufthansa, which offers connectivity to Lisbon and Munich, caters to its Indian flyers’ priorities and understands how proud they are of their culture. In all its India-bound flights and flights departing from India, flyers can expect a greeting of Namaste by an all-Indian crew, Indian food, and popular Indian in-flight entertainment options, making the airline More Indian than You Think. And as the video shows, India’s culture and hospitality have been internalised by Lufthansa to the extent that they now offer a definitive Indian flying experience.

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