The World Cup coverage in the regional media during the past week was, not surprisingly, dominated by India’s unexpected exit from the contention. This World Cup has already had its fair share of surprises, what with Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s murder and the exit of past winners India and Pakistan. Dainik Bhaskar caught the nation’s mood in an illustration depicting a cricket ball inside a giant cactus, the headline reading, “Murderous first round”.
On the day after India’s fate was sealed, Bhaskar ran a table of how the frontliners had failed to deliver in the match against Sri Lanka. With Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni out for a duck, the paper’s headline read, “And so broke a hundred crore hearts!” The paper also dwelt on the impact that the loss would have on the corporate sector, especially American and South Korean companies such as Pepsi, Coke, Samsung and LG. This, the paper said, was ironical because the US and South Korea aren’t even cricket-playing nations.
Rajasthan Patrika reported Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s impassioned appeal to the public to not get swayed by emotion and desist from causing any harm to the properties of Indian cricketers. In a rare display of verbal restraint, Thackeray was reported to have said that victory and loss were part of any sport and should be taken in the right spirit.
This was also the week when Bob Woolmer’s death was certified as murder by strangulation. Dainik Bhaskar gave prominent coverage to the news, saying members of the Pakistani team were now suspects. Punjab Kesari reported that Woolmer’s corpse would undergo another post-mortem in light of the new developments. Apart from his mobile phone and computer, Woolmer’s other belongings would be handed over to his wife, the paper added.
For Business Standard's Regional Roundup, a compilation of how the regional media looked at events during the week gone by.