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David Warner, Steve Smith will be booed if they play against India: Ian Chappell

Cricket Australia banned the former skipper and his deputy from international cricket for a year due to their involvement in ball tampering controversy.

Straight-talking former Australian captain Ian Chappell is happy that one year ban won’t allow Steve Smith and David Warner to take part in the series against India Down Under as it would have exposed the disgraced duo to heavy duty “booing” from the home crowd.

Cricket Australia banned the former skipper and his deputy from international cricket for one year for their involvement in ball tampering controversy in South Africa.

India are set to play four Tests and a limited overs series in Australia starting from last week of November.

“Cricket Australia got it right. They have done Smith and Warner a big favour. Because imagine if Smith and Warner are playing next summer in Australia against India, they are going to get booed at some of the Australian grounds, probably all of Australian grounds,” Chappell, who is not known to to mince words told reporters during a promotional event.

Chappell feels that worst thing in his country is being called a “cheat”.

“But the worst name you can have in Australia is being a cheat. So they (would have) got booed, which would not have done a lot for their confidence but also would not have done a lot for the image of the game,” the former skipper tried to put things into perspective.

“When you have got a former Australia captain and vice captain being booed by their own crowds, that wouldn’t have been great for Cricket Australia’s image,” Chappell opined.

“So I think it is better that they (Smith and Warner) are not playing next summer, better for the players, better for Cricket Australia’s image. It would be (in any case) hard for them to come back from (it),” the 74-year-old former cricketer said.

‘Warner gone for good’

Chappell also felt that Warner will not play for Australia again for his alleged role in the pay dispute.

“They have been looking for a reason to get rid of Warner because he was outspoken during the (pay) dispute. So he may not be back. Smith will be back but he may not captain Australia again,” Chappell said.

With no Smith and Warner around, this is India’s best chance to win a Test series in Australia in 70 years, having first toured the nation in 1948.

“I will predict an Indian victory in the Test series (in Australia). I don’t know (whether) India will win comfortably but India will win. Certainly this is India’s best opportunity ever to win a series in Australia. Australia still will be hard to beat because they have got a very good bowling attack,” Chappell told reporters during a promotional event in Mumbai.

“If you have a good bowling attack, that’s the hardest part of the game. To get 20 wickets. Australian bowling attack will have to think like former West Indies legend Andy Roberts. Andy used to say that ‘it doesn’t matter what the opposition bowls out us at, we will bowl out them for less’. The Australian bowling attack will do well to think along those lines,” he added.

Chappell said that the Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli possess identically aggressive mindset required for a coach-captain combination to work well.

“Ravi is the right person to be with Kohli. Kohli is a pretty aggressive thinker on his own but Ravi is also aggressive. As a captain (during his limited tenure in ODIs and single Test), Ravi used to be an aggressive thinker. His thoughts were aggressive and winning about the game, and Kohli is very much in that mould. Ravi is the perfect guy to combine with Kohli,” he added.

Chappell however also clarified that Sourav Ganguly’s latest book ‘A Century Is Not Enough’ has “inaccurate facts” attributed in his name.

In Ganguly’s semi-autobiographical book, there is a reference that the oldest of the Chappell brothers had suggested former BCCI president late Jagmohan Dalmiya against appointing his younger brother Greg as India’s head coach back in 2005.

Asked about it, Chappell’s curt reply was “Historically inaccurate (fact), not correct”.

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There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

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“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

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“What bad things?”

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“How bad?”

“Terrible!!!”

“Like what?”

“Like….”

A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

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“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”

“Shameless!”

“Shameful!”

“Ashamed.”

“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

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Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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