Twice in the past few days, in entirely different contexts, the 'Spirit of the game' has been called into question. At the best of times, the spirit of the game is a grey area, totally subjective and open to interpretation; in many ways, it is used as an euphemism for 'cheating', though in the supposedly gentleman's game, to actually label someone a cheat is something that is frowned upon even in this day and age.
VB Chandrasekhar is a very fair individual, generally a positive influence with a broad mind who seldom has a negative word to say of anyone. Perhaps, Tamil Nadu's coach allowed his frustration to get the better of him when he hit out at Karnataka opting to bat on despite having reeled in Tamil Nadu's commanding 538 for 4 in their Ranji Trophy encounter in Chennai. The players could have shaken hands and walked off once the innings honours had been settled, but Karnataka chose to continue because the man who had taken them past the Tamil Nadu total was closing in on a maiden double hundred.
Ganesh Satish had every reason to want to celebrate having guided his team past the finish line with the landmark just a couple of big blows away. No one could have grudged him his 200 and, to be fair, the Tamil Nadu players didn't. To a man, Lakshmipathi Balaji and his boys applauded Satish as he reached 200; they didn't think Satish batting on after the lead was secured was against 'sporting spirit', as Chandrasekhar put it. Perhaps, VB himself would have felt the same way a couple of hours after the game was done and dusted, once the adrenaline rush had abated and the disappointment of having conceded the lead despite putting up a massive total had dissipated somewhat.