Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Joy of watching TV-Cricket

The contents of this post is especially for those who know at least a little bit of the game of Cricket.  Other ignoramuses also can read it!  Observations in this are "in my personal  opinion". 

My own TV grab of a memorable moment

Watching a cricket match on TV is not just sitting back, with some junk food by the side, counting runs, overs and wickets.  Cricket is for enjoyment of both the player and the beholder.  I have seen many people while watching games on TV or following the game, take sides.  Taking sides is not a healthy habit, because it is a hindrance to enjoy the other plentiful intrinsic thrills of cricket.  It is beyond mathematical figures and statistics. 

Cricket is one of the most unpredictable games, which we all know.  This is due to varied combination of many factors that get involved in the process of a match.  Climatic conditions, nature of the pitch, location, size and shape of the ground, time of the day, humidity, sunlight, now the dew factor in ODIs [day-night], quality and brand of ball, players' form, fitness and frame of mind and so on!

Cricket would not have got so popular at all if it was without those unpredictable elements.  Tell me why Don Bradman or Sachin Tendulkar, could not score a century each time they walked out to bat or Shane Warne  took a wicket every few deliveries he bowled.  Tell me why blinders of catches are held or simple catches floored.  Tell me why direct throws at stumps from a short distance miss?  Tell me why batsmen sometimes get out to seemingly 'loose deliveries'.  Tell me why they can sometimes hit a seemingly 'good' delivery for a sixer.  Tell me why batsmen sometimes get out at their own score on 99. Tell me why a player is said to be 'out of form' or 'in fine form'.  Tell me why players prepare so much, practice a lot, work hard and yet perform poorly in the match?  Can these be explained?  The post mortem words like 'ifs, buts, should have, should not have...' have no meaning.  Because, things 'happen at that moment it happens'!  They just happen!  

There are two categories of people who watch cricket on TV.  One category has just cricket fans or followers or casual enthusiasts and the other has players who have actually played the game.  Relatively, the latter enjoy more because they know why and how certain things happen or do not happen during a game as the nuances of the game are better understood by them from experience.  The former lot may miss grasping them, probably also because their focus is on 'their own desired end results'!  We find more 'side takers' among the former lot.  All said and done, there are quite a few from the former category, even mothers-in-law, that are good at analyzing games! 

Siding a team makes one tense esp., if the favoured team does badly.  I know some friends who stay away from the TV when India is playing, because they cannot tolerate Team India losing!  They expect the opponents to lose every match!  Patriotism should not be taken too far while watching a cricket match from a comfortable sofa!   Of course who does not like to see our Team India win games?  There are better ways to savour 'watching victories' than to go out to the streets and shouting or bursting crackers in the dead of the night disturbing the neighbourhood!

[A local cricket match at Maharaja's College Ground, Mysore].  

Cricket is a hard-fought game played between two teams on the field and the winner is always the one who performs better than the other on that particular day.  Sometimes we also say that 'cricket is the winner' when a game ends in a thrilling draw after the two sides that played good exciting cricket throughout.  Some people get involved in the game they are watching and get very emotional, to the extent that they feel as if they are commanding the actions on far away grounds, when even players playing the game do not know what happens in the next minute or ball!  Shorter versions of the game have less cricketing thrills than the longest version, Test Cricket.

After all, what is cricket [in brief]?  Read and understand this beautiful description inscribed on stone at Kingsmead Oval's Centenary Museum in Durban, South Africa.  It is about Test Match Cricket:

You have two sides; one out in the field and one in.  Each man that's in the side that's in goes out when he is out.  He comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.  When they are all out, the side that's out comes in.  And the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.  Sometimes you get men still in and not out.  When both sides have been in and out including the not outs.  That's the end of the match.  That is Cricket!



jothi's jottings said...

Cricket has taught me so many lessons, Dinu. First of all, it is about concentrating hard to achieve, whether you are batting, bowling or fielding. It's a case of 'practising maketh you a perfect man'. The more you sweat at the nets, the better player you will be. Another lesson it teaches is to go on pegging away. Rewards will follow those who stick to their job. Sometimes, going for it will help us do the seemingly impossible. I have in mind the amazing catches that we held on to defying gravity, logic, distance etc. And it also teaches us that there is always a another chance to show your talent. I have in mind here the second innings. Like this , there are some umpteen lessons which one can learn by playing cricket. Or any other game for that matter.

sumita said...

Hi ,the Kingmead description is so simply awesome !...Sumita

sumita said...

We Calcacians are crazy about the game ...every lane ,bylane has a club and even the urchins know who's playing the world cup..how we wish Calcutta was as small as Mysore and number of people as less for eager ,enthusiastic prospective players to be marked and brought to limelight

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Read in the media so much about Rahul Dravid whilst we were in North India lately.