Young Indian players lack grace while celebrating: Arthur

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Johannesburg: The youngsters in the Indian cricket team lack "grace and humility" when they celebrate victory, feels former South African coach Mickey Arthur.

In his book 'Taking the Mickey', released on Monday, Arthur has recalled a 2008 series against the Indians and criticised their celebrations after notching up a series-levelling win.

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"The behaviour of the (Indian) younger players in the aftermath of victory was absolutely extraordinary," Arthur wrote as he reminisced about the third and final Test in Kanpur in 2008 in which the home side tied the series.

"They ran around screaming, shouting and cheering as though they had just won the World Cup. Perhaps what made me cringe was the shock of seeing a celebration style so different from our own, but I found the practice of spraying each other with Coke and Fanta very hard to understand. But, then again, why should that be so different to our custom of using champagne?"

Arthur said "it was the lack of grace and humility that I found most galling."

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