Cerebral Shangrila

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Heroes are mortal too

Another cricket match lost. Indian cricket fans are angry as usual and this evanaecence is the hallmark of any sport. All anger would be forgotten when we win the first one dayer. That is precisely the problem. we have all become too short-sighted and forget its just a game. No player plays with the intention of failing. Heroes are mortal too.

In an excellent article titled " Trashing Tendulkar isn't cricket" , Nirmal Shekar (The Hindu) writes about this phenomenon. Being a master of words , no one could have stated it more eloquently than him.

He writes , " The harsh reality of the capricious business of sport is this: every champion that has ever drawn breath, every champion as yet unborn, can be sure of one thing — some day, he will fail. The world of sport is yet to toast a truly invincible athlete.

But, then, in dealing with Tendulkar's failure — or any issue of this sort — it is very easy to find the answer we want; much, much more difficult to find the answer that matches the truth.Of course, as passionate followers of the game, we are entitled to our own opinions. If some of us believe that the great man may not deserve a place in the team if he continues to fail, that's fair enough. Nobody owns a place in the Indian cricket team — not even Tendulkar.

But what is not fair — and will never be — is to stoop down to the sort of mindless pettiness that triggered the Mumbai booing on Sunday.


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    By Blogger Abhishek Chatterjee, at 4:42 PM  

  • there should be a balance in the way fans react to sport. but having said that being passionate is no crime. it happens in football so often...the issue is that when the going is good we elevate them to GOD levels..quite obviously the fall will be hard once failure arrives. By the way uve been tagged!

    By Blogger Abhishek Chatterjee, at 4:44 PM  

  • Price for being an Indian populr figure... But it happens, after 15 years of cricketing experience. Even Gavaskar faced these problems. Isn't it?

    By Blogger Ram C, at 3:23 PM  

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    By Blogger ILA (a) இளா, at 3:31 PM  

  • it is all because of being happend in his home ground. BTW, he is not going to play in ODI against Eng. One more Saurav?

    By Blogger ILA (a) இளா, at 3:32 PM  

  • F**k the heroes

    Another match lost badly. Why the hell are they paid so much?

    By Blogger peace092677, at 5:29 PM  

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