I didn’t want to post on the whole topic of Gilly having a squash ball in his glove. Because the innings was brilliant. And to produce genius on a big stage is special. Its as simple as that.
As far as the whole saga and the technicalities go, I don’t think there are clear cut answers so we can debate endlessly. So we’re not talking cheating. But as far as opinions on sportsmanship go, I sure have mine.
I did not think what Gilchrist did was unsporting. Because I don’t associate him with unsporting. Leaves aside the fact that he walks and advocates it, even in this case he made a big display of that squash ball to the public as he got that century. Then he explained it to anybody who listened. He didn’t hide it in his glove. It helped he said.
Equally importantly, perhaps more so, its not unsporting because the Sri Lankan team did not complain. What was sporting was when the umpires were trying to read the rule books in the dark, and the sun was setting on Sri Lanka’s dreams, Mahela Jayewardene chose to come out and get his men to play in the darkness and get the game over with. so that the champions could get the the trophy they deserved.
Thats sporting. And thats what sports is about. Its a celebration of spirit.
Immaterial update from an Idle Mind : Bob Meuleman (Gilly’s Squash Ball coach) Family Site.