I was mortified when Andrew Symonds was shunted out of the Australian cricket team.  Despite the fact that we can never be surprised with either him or his bete noire in the Indian team, I am saddened. Really, what a waste of talent and stature. But this post is not just about him. Remember a guy called Vinod Kambli – I feel sad about him too. Although his career ended for simply cricketing reasons, I feel strongly that his career deserved a better ending.

Now it is time for people to jump up and tell me how it is not just about talent but self-discipline. Now is the time for the conservatives to pontificate about virtues and staying within bounds.  Now is the time to sound the clarion call and shout warnings to anyone who dares to be different.   OK, I concede – This time around he may have gone too far. But is there more to this story than what meets the eye?  Are there strong personality clashes that are couched within terms like discipline, larger good of the team et al>…. Surely Ponting himself is no poster boy for good behaviour.  He has had his share of skirmishes with controversy.

Mavericks have a way of capturing the imagination of the masses. Andrew Symonds may have to go but dont yet speak death to the brilliant, geniuses.  I’ll miss you Symonds, Like I miss Kambli, or even L Sivaramakrishnan.   Someone please pass me a tissue…