Hyderabad: An ace tennis player who had played around 10 years ago in different countries, has now blamed Indian cricket team for wearing their names on their jerseys. He termed the cricketers “narcissistic” and “megalomaniac” for following this practice.
Sairam Ramesh, now aged 40, had first played in local and national tennis tournaments, before going international, pairing with several famous tennis players of the 90s and 2000s. He retired from tennis around 2005 and had been training young students in his own tennis academy here in the city.
He came into sudden limelight after calling the Indian cricket team as having bloated egos.
Speaking to Faking News, he said, “You have seen me play tennis. Did I had ‘Sairam Ramesh’ embroidered in my t-shirt? Even the famous Roger Federer and Pete Sampras never had their names on their t-shirts while playing? Do you see Schumacher sporting his own name while riding his sports car? Have you seen Tiger woods using his name on his shirt while playing Golf? No! These are gentlemen sports and the players never try to show a ‘holier than thou’ attitude towards people in the audience. But..”
He let a deep sigh and continued, “But only these ball-chasing sportsmen lust over their egos and try to show other their place in this egalitarian world. Football players flaunt their jerseys with their names and people go mad buying such name-embroidered t-shirts from Alaska to Ahmedabad. And our very own cricket players do that. They don’t even change their numbers, and their names are written in bold letters. This shows that Indian cricket team players bask in narcissism and megalomania.”
When this reporter told him that it was a new tradition that the cricketer had set to keep up with modern times, he shot back, “Won’t third umpire or scorecard handlers know them by their faces? How did they record score before 1990s? Those days, we never had name in jerseys. Cricket was there for decades and name in jerseys are there very recently. When previous cricket players never had their name in jerseys, why should present players alone flaunt it? It is nothing but being self-centered.”
The tennis player has found support from many intellectuals who believe that the reason India is performing bad on Australia tour is their t-shirts.