“True colors” is the title of the autobiography of Retired Australian Wicket Keeper, Adam Gilchrist. The word “true” is misleading as he has accused that Sachin is a liar.
When the infamous Monkeygate incident took place as per Gilchrist, Sachin at the first hearing was speaking the truth that as he was far off he did not hear what Harbhajan was saying. But in the next hearing Sachin changed his story in an appeal (which Adam is describing as a joke), that Bhajji hadn’t called Symo, “the epitome of Politeness” monkey but a Hindi abuse which may have sounded like monkey to the Aussies.
Gilchrist is cribbing that the Indians got Bhajji of the hook when they of all people should have been treating the matter of racial vilification with utmost seriousness.
He is also accusing Indian cricket Board for playing Politics and Cricket Australia and The ICC for caving in when the spinner’s original charge was downgraded and his suspension quashed. As per him there were threats of taking the team home from the Indian Board ‘a disgraceful act'( Really Mr. Gilchrist?), holding the game to ransom unless they got their way.
As per him Australians leave the game on the field itself. He also pointed out the difference in the manner in which the teams approached the game lying in the cultural difference. They had to go to the dressing room to shake hands with the Indian team after winning the Sydney Test and Sachin and Harbhajan were hard to find.
True Colours indeed, Mr. Adam Gilchrist but what are we supposed to do and think when we see a dignified Anil Kumble waiting with an arm around young Ishant to shake hands with all of you when you won the Sydney match and quietly walking off when they were totally ignored by you?
The definition of True Sportsmanship surely is “culturally different”.