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EPISODE – XXXXVII
TOPIC: Not in the Game
BLOG: The Indian Express
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MEANINGS are given in BOLD and ITALIC
It was in the way tales of cricketers from the Caribbean were narrated indulgently (If you are indulgent, you treat a person with special kindness, often in a way that is not good for them) all these years. In how all the bling and partytalk and flamboyance (If you say that someone or something is flamboyant, you mean that they are very noticeable, stylish, and exciting) sat so easily with pacy (You use pacy to describe someone, especially a sports player, who has the ability to move very quickly.) bowling and imperious (If you describe someone as imperious, you mean that they have a proud manner and expect to be obeyed) batting that became central to conversations on West Indian cricket. And sunny beaches and rum and women got seamlessly hyphenated to paint a supposedly idyllic picture. Till TV presenter Mel McLaughlin used whatever was left of her poise to definitively say “I am not blushing” to Chris Gayle, who appeared to be propositioning (A proposition is a statement or an idea which people can consider or discuss to decide whether it is true) the female journalist during a sideline interview of the Big Bash League, the image of a cricketer going about this flirty gig was hardly ever frowned upon.
Not that the cricketer’s apology carried even a semblance (If there is a semblance of a particular condition or quality, it appears to exist, even though this may be a false impression) of comprehension that he had said something inappropriate. “If she felt bad, I am sorry,” can hardly count as remorse (Remorse is a strong feeling of sadness and regret about something wrong that you have done). But even factoring in Gayle’s personality that’s stopped raising eyebrows, this was a line brazenly crossed, on air. Yet Gayle’s remark was even described as “smooth” by the broadcaster before it was pulled down on Twitter. There were jokes on the stunt even before Gayle cracked an off-colour one of his own — that he was merely joking. As apologies go, it was lame. But it is because of the complicity of cricket’s fans and commentators in turning a blind eye to known offenders that it has taken years for someone to draw the line and call an international star out on his insolence (If you say that someone is being insolent, you mean they are being rude to someone they ought to be respectful to). The acceptance of “flamboyance” among international cricketers is so commonplace that the description of “boring” has come to be stinging.
The Jamaican’s lifestyle is the crux (The crux of a problem or argument is the most important or difficult part of it which affects everything else) of the image he’s built himself over the years. While it would be nobody’s business to call him out on what he does off the field, standing by the dugout while a match is on and attempting a not-particularly clever line with a woman journalist is not civil or classy, any place, any day.
TEST YOUR SKILLS
b) Hair Style
d) Filled up
d) Very Bad
d) All of the Above
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Hint: Bad Manners