Saturday’s match wasn’t the best of matches to be at. It was more like being a spectator to a scene where a talented, but helpless group of people were ripped, demolished and made a mockery of by the “more powerful people” – or seeing the extent to which they have.
Ok, maybe that was too harsh. The match wasn’t that bad. The Australians struggled too. We just didn’t bat enough.
But the funny thing was this. I came to realize this later, but watching our team struggle to make 133 on the ground wasn’t half as bad as watching them on TV! My brother said the same.
Had I watched it at home, there would have been a 90% chance of me shutting down the TV the moment A-Mat got out. Had I watched (a 10% chance) I would have sworn and kicked at the screen. On the ground however, the atmosphere got the better of me. The wickets didn’t stop the whistles or the band. The people wanted the papare to play on each time a wicket fell or dot balls passed us by. There were the cheers, the jeers, the laughs, the food, the drinks, the beautiful sky, a creative mix of blue and gold, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnston and of course Malinga and Matthews! Plenty to keep me occupied and take our attention away from the realities in the middle.
Isn’t it amazing how we’re blinded by these trivialities (for the lack of a better word)? Isn’t it amazing how these succeed in taking your attention away from “the real thing?” Isn’t it amazing how they keep your spirits alive no matter how horrible or pathetic certain situations might be?
Anyway, getting back to our cricket – has it gone for a six, really?
Why is that our batsmen bat well in one match, and they don’t in the next? The pitch? Why do they keep playing a certain middle order batsman even though he fails every match, but doesn’t give youngsters that many chances? Is that the new way of identifying talent? Why is that some people are kept to warm the benches and carry water after they play just a few games, but have performed exceptionally well?
On another note, did the Australians really struggle against our bowling, or were they merely taking a more cautious approach?
According to my Australian friend – well, not the born-and-bred-in-Australia type, but rather, local in every sense but supporting Australia because they are more competent, they fit as a unit, fast bowlers have a tougher job, Ricky Ponting fields well even with a broken finger and I don’t remember what else – Australians were being ‘nice’.
Like, hey! Messing up in the field and struggling to get to 100 – that was once heard of when you said Australia. What’s up with them? I think they are no longer feared as they once were. There was a void created when some of their top cricketers retired. Yet,
keeping aside those little creative stunts they used to pull off once in a way (like playing with a tennis ball hidden in your glove or resorting to sledging), they still have people who are capable of filling big shoes and who are assured of getting a few runs on the scorecard every time they come out to field. They are a bunch who is hungry for victory, for revenge. Are we?