OK. I was going to title this post as "An Analysis of Perceived Home
Team Advantages and Actual Outcomes: Evidence From Field Research".
But this too long for the subject line, so I chose the slightly
shorter and (equally slightly) more interesting subject.
Home teams have a propensity to get umpiring decisions going their
way. Caveat: we are speaking about marginal calls here - not plain sa
daylight dismissals (such as Tendulkar's shoulder before
Brooks at NYT cites the research - here is a link:
And while you are it please read an explanation for why Harbhajan
Singh picks on Sreesanth (Johanna Peetz and Lara Kammrath's research
shows that "you only hurt the one you love"). Hmm... Harbhajan
explaining to Roy why he slapped Sreesanth instead "'tis not that I
love you less, but that I love Sreesanth more".
And then the article also explains why Dhoni is a better captain than
Tendulkar (Dr. Jamin Halberstadt has a paper coming out in the journal
Psychology and Aging that shows that younger people read emotions
SRT to a weeping Sreesanth"What is the strange sound that you emit?"
Sreesanth: (sobbing louder) "I am crying"
SRT: "Why are you crying?"
Sreesanth: "Harbahjan slapped me".
SRT: "And so?"
Sreesanth: "Waaaaaa" (not quite the same as Waaa Sydney).
(SRT walks away puzzled, unable to read Sreesanth's emotions).
Young Dhoni who has been watching all this, steps up.
Dhoni: to Sreesanth "Come to papa's arms my popinjay"
A beaming Sreesanth rushes to embrace his skipper.
Pawar watching the human drama unfold from behind a hedge pops out
before Dhoni and asks "Miya Kapthan Banoge?"
The rest as they say, is history (although some say that Dhoni's
attitude towards Ashwin is more geography than history).