It is not cricket

“It is not cricket” means something is unfair, unacceptable.

After the ODI World Cup frenzy, Indian team is at Lord’s for a now Royal Game.

Results of Cricket ODI World Cup finals on 02 April 2011 could be reported in many forms:

  • “India won cricket world cup finals.” Indians rejoice the victory. There is happiness and pride. We want to share the joy. We may sing a song, dance a few steps, shake hands with strangers or even hug a few and even thrust some sweets on strangers’ mouths.
  • “Sri Lanka lost cricket world cup finals.” This is more expected from Sri Lankans. There is some sadness for losing, but acceptance that it is game, and a resolve that they would continue to play and hope to win next time. Losing a game is not a defeat.
  • “India defeated Sri Lanka in cricket world cup finals.” Indians would burst crackers and revel with noise and air pollution. They would look down upon the opponent team and glorify the Indian team, raising the whole event to a pitch above a game deserves. Onlookers may wonder if it was a fair game.

For the Sri Lankans, the action was from Indians. Sri Lankans did not lose a game, they were defeated.  There is remorse. Indians could be villains in the game. The game might not have been fair.

Let a game be a game – for a healthy life style by exercising while enjoying, by building up team spirit and cooperation, by learning leadership and management on the field, by excelling in what one does. Let the sports retain sportsman spirit. Win fairly and lose gracefully. Show respect for yourself, your teammates, and your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees, judges, and other officials. Respect the audience who cheer you and participate in your moments of joy.

Let sports not be gambling dens, shady dealings, auction of spirit, or an emotional drain. Let not events be opportunities for multi-thousand Crores corrupt events, sending some scapegoats behind bars and letting most of the culprits roam free enjoying the loot and scheming for more.

In some sports like cricket, a good player is paid unreasonably well for the game he plays inside and outside the field and court. They sign with different brands of ball-pens, drink various unhealthy drinks and announce that education is not important after all, praise some brands of cements, eat biscuits, drive cars and bikes, wash clothes, and what not on the small screens. They can influence some innocent minds by selling themselves cheap. When they wield such influence on their viewers and listeners, let there be some self regulation on what they state.

Don’t make sports-persons demigods. One who gets auctioned for the highest bidder either to play a game or to appear in an advertisement even spreading messages of falsehood cannot be a good influence. Those who participate in conveying concealed messages like advertising liquor in the name of soda cannot be ideals for our future generation. I feel uncomfortable. We have to learn to appreciate what is good in the person and what is not and not build temples for heroes on the field and normal humans otherwise. A person has to be wholly good if to be a model for others; else he can be model in a specific role.

“Win at all cost” is not sportsmanship spirit. “Killer spirit” is appropriate in battle field even though ethics behind wars has been debated through the progress of civilisation. When the material reward for winning a game becomes astronomically huge, and a great celebrity status is associated, lure to win at all costs is a result of human weakness. There are thousand cronies sprouting to manipulate and corrupt the successful. We need a ceiling to the greed and reward.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games has generated more controversies than sporting news. It became a national shame exposing greed and deep rooted corruption. Doping scandal is getting murkier day-by-day, making headlines for wrong reasons. Reports say that several sports federations have been promoting substance abuse among athletes. Golden girls and dreams of the country fall from grace overnight when detected positive for drugs. They are willing to exchange short term gains and glory for long term harm to their own mind and body and possible shame if detected.

Ending with notes on education:

If a student says “I failed in the test,” there is hope that he would take responsibility and study better. If he says “teacher failed me,” he claims that he has been wronged and there is no action expected out of him.

Excessive competition in class-room promoted by teachers and parents would kill the spirit of learning. High score at all costs would rob of the joy of learning and diminish the real rewards. Parallel to doping in sports, we will find copying, cheating, bribing, leaking question papers and corruption in education system.

The word “educate” dates back from 1447, from the Latin word: educatus, ( “bring up, rear, educate,” ), and which is related to educere “bring out,” from ex- “out” + ducere “to lead”. Let education be education and not copy the pranks, histrionics and corruption of the sports today.


About pgbhat

A retired Naval Officer and an educationist. Has experience with software industry. A guest faculty at different institutes and a corporate trainer with software development companies.
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One Response to It is not cricket

  1. Giri Prasad says:

    Very good.


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