Unbelievable. Inzamam-ul-Haq has lost a lot of respect in my book, and countless others I'm sure. Sure, I've always joked about him, but I held him in the highest regard as a batsman and perhaps more so as a leader, given the job he has done with the Pakistan side over the last year or two.
However, his whinging comments to the media regarding his comical dismissal in the 1st ODI have taken him down several pegs in my estimation. Quite simply, he has revealed himself to be at best a terribly ungracious loser, and at worst, a bare-faced liar.
The facts are plain to see - take a look for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Inzamam clearly plays a deliberate shot to hit the ball and prevent it from hitting the stumps and running him out. In fact, quite embarrassingly for an allegedly world-class cricketer, he makes no effort whatsoever to actually regain his ground - deciding instead that preventing the ball from hitting the stumps is the sportsmanlike way to go.
Inzamam accuses the Indians of "an appeal made in an unsportsmanlike manner" - a brilliant attempt to deflect attention from the fact that the single person guilty of bad sportsmanship in this incident was in fact Inzamam himself.
I laughed at him over the infamous 'Aloo' incident many years ago, and I have laughed at many comments attributed to him which I always suspected were 'lost in translation.' Now I realise that he is nothing more than a spoilt child - at least, that's what his behaviour in this incident suggests.
Will cricketers ever learn to keep their mouths shut and let their bats and balls do the talking?