2021 WTC final|Has India seen the point of the good winner?
Rafael Nadal is a vigorous fist-pumper, but he is never ever ill-mannered of the challenger (Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters) There were two surprising things about the response of some Indians to the cricket team’s defeat on the planet Test Championship (WTC) final. One was that they denounced the wild-eyed hostility of Virat Kohli and applauded the peaceful grace of Kane Williamson, the captain of the triumphant New Zealand team. The other was that even in these nationalistic times, where anything important about India and anything complimentary about other nations is seen by the narrow-minded as unpatriotic, lots of Indians admitted to feeling pleased for New Zealand.
We are a land of loud news channels, loud politicians and loud home entertainment. Listening to music or seeing a program without earphones in public is typical for us.
We are an individuals that can produce urgency, sound and a crowd where there is no need, such as when an aircraft lands. Barely have the wheels and tarmac kissed each other, on comes the phone.
The exact minute the plane stops, we reverse our seat belt faster than Clint Eastwood his holster. Regardless of the bloating from the in-flight samosa and sandwich, we are up in a flash to open the overhead bin. Then we tug out our bag, exposing love manages and butt fractures, and stand in the aisle when we might really well remain seated with a whistle on our lips.
Never is an Indian more agile and athletic than when an aircraft lands. Usain Bolt will be slower starting out from the blocks.
We are a culture that commemorates jugaad, when in fact it is simply a romantic label for taking faster ways and is one of the major reasons that has actually held the nation back. We also validate obnoxious behaviour as something required to get ahead, and as the sign of ‘brand-new India’.
The practical remain in the minority here. Will that number increase if we have discovered to appreciate Kane Williamson? If it does, Williamson is worthy of an award from us. Maybe an invitation to Indian wedding events for a year.
Where does that leave us on the subject of passionate events in sports? As dignified and heroic as Williamson looks with his Alpine explorer beard and downplayed manner, it would be dull if everybody reacted to victory like him. Imagine Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a terrific objective and putting his head on the shoulder of the goalkeeper. Or Bolt winning the sprint and not performing his ‘To Di World’ indication, lighting up the stadium with his enthusiasm and charisma.
At the exact same time, we do not desire hyper-aggressive, snarling, big-headed events and those that appear to mock the challenger. That’s off-putting. There is vanity in Ronaldo’s regular, but he does not normally snigger at the opponent. It is an event of his own quality. While with Bolt it was just happiness. He was a pleased camper who was also extremely quick and he radiated his passion for life when he wrapped the Jamaican flag around his shoulder and held his finger up.
The best degree of exultation is a fragile balance for a professional athlete to attain. No doubt about that. All sorts of feelings break forth at the moment of victory. There is enjoyment, pent up anger, relief. To calibrate your reaction in such a powerful minute is challenging. However it is possible. At no time has this been clearer than now. At Euro 2020, after the Christian Eriksen episode, lots of goal scorers celebrated a bit but then quickly held their arms apart to suggest a toning down of event.
But no professional athlete has actually as regularly maintained this delicate balance as Rafael Nadal. He is an energetic fist-pumper and teeth gritter who throws kung-fu starts the air and works the crowd. At the same time, he is never ill-mannered of the opponent. Sometimes, not even when the opponent is disrespectful towards him. When Lukas Rosol, a big, in-your-face Czech gamer, upset Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, Rosol flung his racquet into the net after winning. Throughout the match, there was stress between the 2 players. And yet, as Rosol commemorated, Nadal selected up his racquet and handed it to him.
Top Indian cricketers, administrators, organisers and sponsors of today need to look at how they perform themselves, not just on the world stage but in all professional interactions. Only then can we call ourselves the world’s top cricket nation in the full sense of the term.Published at Sat
, 26 Jun 2021 14:13:45 +0000