These are the facts. Virender Sehwag was on 99 when India needed one run to win off the last ball. Suraj Randiv delivered a no ball, which Sehwag struck for six. That gave India victory against Sri Lanka while denying the batsman a century. The Indian media, which has a finely honed talent for taking umbrage at anything that bears close resemblance to a slight, has worked itself into a lather, raining fire, brimstone and spittle on Kumar Sangakkara’s team.
The rank perfidy of the Sri Lankan 11 has been discussed at length on television, with anyone remotely involved in the issue offering their valuable insights. Woe betide anyone suggesting that perhaps there’s no need to declare war over Sehwag being unable to get another one-day hundred, that this is after all just a game. The poor Sri Lankans, meanwhile, have been left wondering what hit them. But don’t worry. They have intelligently taken a leaf from the Indian playbook…and ordered an inquiry.