It’s a witty retort on a hot summers day, it says more than almost all words except cuntox and it’s funny when little kids do it.
When it was used in the first Test, by Meg Clement, at the kiss cam, that was funny.
When used by Kohli and Sharma there was something a bit wrong with it.
I don’t care if they go kart instead of train, I don’t even care if they freebase heroin off the asshole of the local kebab shop owner.
They are free to prepare their minds and bodies in whatever way they think will help them perform.
However, the finger is one of defiance. It’s a big fuck you at the world.
Sure, it’s a bit dated, and we’re waiting on modern culture to devise a new gesture, but right now this is the gesture we have.
With India, it’s hard to see defiance.
This tour they’ve more dropped their pants and waited for Australia to roughly manlove them.
Giving the finger while being consensually sodomised seems odd.
It could be why Sharma and Kohli weren’t looking in the direction of those they were trying to finger.
I get the rage, ofcourse.
Rage at the way you are playing, rage at the way your opposition are laughing at you, rage at the fact a fumbly wicket keeper who is short of runs is calling you soft,rage at your media abusing you and rage because Australian fans are experts at throwing verbal rotten tomatoes at any team who is struggling.
It’s a tough tour, and we understand the finger, maybe even respect it, but a bigger finger would be one where your bowlers pitch the ball up and get it moving, where your batsmen extract that same digit to apply themselves under pressure and your captain spends more time working out theories to dismiss the batsmen and less time trying to cover for young players.
I think the biggest finger India could possibly hit Australia with would be a win.
And you know, they’ve done it in Perth before.
Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar have all had some fun at Perth. And if a left arm swing bowler, tall right arm bowler, pretty damn quick young bowler and a tally finger spinner aren’t a good set up for Perth’s bowling conditions, I don’t know what attack is.
After losing the Sydney Test last time, India stuck up a finger.
It wasn’t some petulant finger with their back turned, they looked Australia in the eye, smiled a cheekily, slowly raised their hand and popped out a defiant middle finger.
Maybe they can’t do that again, this time they look too far gone. But let’s hope if they try to give Australia the finger again, they are at least looking in the right direction.