Vantage point

Thursday, October 14, 2004


Walking, in cricket, is like unilateral nuclear disarmament in international politics. You might start doing it, and you get applauded by everyone because of it. But it can work in the long term only if everyone does it.

Adam Gilchrist has started a new trend in the Australian team, that of walking if you know you are out, regardless of the umpire's decision. Now I have seen him do this before, but I have also seen him stay at the crease. If this is something he has started doing because he is captain (remember, he was flayed in the 2003 World Cup for doing it), then it is a very curious development. Let us see if others, more specifically top order batsmen, follow his lead. Let us also see how Ponting's return to captaincy affects this trend.