When we talk about Cricket – we see the tussle between bat and ball. But due to some rules it becomes a game between ball and body.
The logical illustration of unjustified rules are:-
If a batsman missed the ball and it gone on to hit the body of a batsman and ricochet to the boundary rope in a flash evading behind wicketkeeper. Although bowler puts a whole effort to evade the batsman’s bat and ball still gone for a boundary/single/double after hitting the pads/thigh guard or any part of batsman’s body. The team is awared by leg-bye runs in the form of extras.
Its a balance between bat and ball. Bowler is charging from 30 yards and succeeded in deceiving batsman but still opposition get extra runs without any contact with the bat . Bowler wins the battle but the fact is opposition gets undue advantage by leg-bye rule.
But the question arises that what about Byes?
Byes is justified to an extent as its completely depends on wicketkeeper’s skills , If a wicketkeeper fails to collect the ball and it went for a boundary or for 1/2/3 runs then extra runs will be awarded to the opposition because its keeper’s fault and batting team takes a full advantage of opponent’s glitch.
Wicketkeeper has the full freedom wherever he wants to stand to keep the batsman checking , If a batsman don’t have any contact with the bat and keep running then wicketkeeper has full chance to get him run out whereas in the case of leg-byes , the ball missed the bat and hit on to the batsman’s body and whistle passed from 22 yards where wicketkeeper don’t have any option to get him out .
In cricket some rules don’t have any legitimate stand but the fraternity of cricket never urge to change the rules of the game. But MCC ( Marylebone cricket club ) should look after the laws that eventually decides the game, especially in T-20 such rules should be alter.
A champion who holds the record for almost 68 years and the record still stands on the same board, registered in Guinness world record book for Scoring 5 goals in 6-1 Win over Holland in Olympics finals of 1952, most by any player in the world. Balbir Singh sr. was renowned for his skills with a stick of hockey, and his record suggests that he was a big event player and Indian olympian star.
Balbir Singh was a key player for India and his affair with Olympics was begin in the 1948 London Olympics, where he scored 2 goals in India’s 4-0 win over Argentina and bagged the Gold medal, Just after 4 years he again shines in Helsinki Olympics ( 1952 ) but the situation was slightly different at that time, he was the Vice-Captain of the Indian team and flag bearer of the team. He Scored the hattrick against Britain in Semifinal which India won by 3-1. One interesting fact about Balbir Singh is that he scored 9 Goals of India’s total 13 goals at the Helsinki Olympics with a percentage of 69.23%.
1956- Melbourne Olympics, the story was different as Balbir Singh was selected for India’s captainship but the fortunes were not in the favour of captain, at the initial stages of the Melbourne Olympics he got injured after giving the rollicking start against Afghanistan where he scored five goals in the opening game. But after the game, he was unfortunately injured and the captaincy was handed over to Randhir Singh Gentle.
After skipping the group matches, Balbir Singh recovered from injury and back for semi-final and finals. India won the finals against arch-rivals Pakistan by 1-0, in his overall 8 Olympic appearances, he scored 22 goals for the nation. He was regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time and renowned for three-time Gold medallist that eventually proves a key role in the history of Indian Hockey.
Balbir Singh was the man who got the praise in the form of dozen’s accolades, he became the first sports personality of India who gets the Padma Shri award in 1957. In 1982, by the results of a poll conducted by the newspaper adjudged to be the Indian sportsperson of the century. At the age of 92, he got Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award of Hockey India. Balbir Singh is the man behind India’s solitary world cup triumph in the history as he was the manager and chief coach of Indian national team who won the world cup final against Pakistan in 1975.
He was regarded as the star of Indian Olympics and his achievements are the evidence to make his name as the golden man of India. The fitness level, perseverance, endurance, efforts are the primary example of his long healthy life. Balbir Singh passed away at the age of 96 but he’ll always be remembered as India’s Olympics hattrick Gold man.
São Paulo’s genius Goalkeeper and the legend of Brazillian football registered himself as the Goalkeeper who takes the ball to the goal post for the most number of times. Ceni is a legend of the game, his records suggested the perseverance of a man throughout his career as he played for only one Football club over a period of 25 years. He represented Sao Paulo professional football club in 1257 games and captained in 867 games in which he takes his team over the line for 590 times.
Ceni was a part of the Brazilian team in 1997 confederation cup, he also registered his name in 2002 and 2006 Fifa world cup. Ceni is one of those Goalkeepers who have the ability to do anything in the field of play, Goalkeepers tend to concentrate on protecting the goal post but Ceni’s all-round skills of saving the goal post and scoring the goal to opposition’s goal post made him the name around the world. Ceni became the first Goalkeeper in the world to score 100 goals and his ability to find the net from penalties and free kicks was impeccable.
In his entire career, he scored 131 goals as a Goalkeeper, Ceni associated with one football club “ Sao Paulo ” throughout his career with which he won 20 major titles including 3 Brazillian leagues, 2 Copa Libertadores and 2005 FIFA club world cup. The fitness level of ceni is just remarkable despite being a senior player and twice the age of teammates he never shows disappointment, he was still at a peak during that time.
On 27 October 2014, Ceni broke the record of manchester united’s stalwart Ryan Giggs for the most win at a single club after playing in Sao Paulo’s 3-0 win over Goiás. In that particular league he breached the record of his own, he scored the eight goals in that league the best within seven years. In the next year of 2015 he broke the record of most goal scored by direct kicks for one club, he surpassed Marcelinho’s record of 59. Undisputedly top-ranked Goalkeeper with all-round skills, persistence endurance and playing for the one club throughout the whole career makes him the legendry Goalkeeper that Brazil has ever produced.
ICC ban the use of saliva to shine the cricket ball due to risk of COVID -19, but they allow sweat for maintaining the condition of the ball. It sounds like a confusing decision by the ICC committee. COVID -19 urge people all around the world to take the safety measure to prevent a deadly virus. As long as the world is suffering from COVID -19, all sports activities should remain on hold, it doesn’t matter what will be the repercussion in future by holding the events for a longer period of time.
By adopting all safety measure to prevent health, then what is the point of having to change the rules of the game. If ICC sure about the precautionary measures and every single player is being tested before taking the field then what is the point of having a second thought. If every single player on the ground is being tested negative, then they should be allowed to use the saliva on the ball to get the shine. Applying saliva on the ball helped the bowlers to get the firm grip and shine and on the one side of the delivery. The reverse swing needs the ball in good condition to get the purchase from the air.
Australia’s Big left-handed Queenslander Matthew Hayden said “I find the ICC’s ‘no saliva-yes sweat’ decision strange. These are things which are integral to cricket and I don’t know how it’s going to change”. He rightly said that using the saliva is a conventional method to maintain the condition of the ball. He suggested that the more sensible option is to test every player’s and match officials before the game and if all pass the test then it should be allowed to use the sweat and saliva as well.
In a game of cricket, small factors turn out to be a game-changer factor at the end of the day. By putting the cross mark on saliva doesn’t seem a calculated move to ensure the safety of players. ICC need to consider the other factors as well to avoid danger, as they should consider the celebration of a team after getting a wicket. Players tend to celebrate by hugging and cuddling each other in joy. If a wicket-keeper is standing too close to the batsman resulted in breaching WHO guidelines for minimum 6ft distance that is suggested to maintain but wicketkeeper has to stand to close when the spinners were operating.
Each factor to look before hoisting green signal for the game. Prohibiting single activity is not justice with the game, pulling out the authority from the bowlers of shinning the ball is not a good decision. The precautionary measures turn out to be a big question mark as far as fear is a concern.
Kabaddi sport is not much popular in urban areas before 2014. Since the invasion of sponsor and broadcasting rights, kabaddi becomes the second most-watched sport in India. In rural areas, it is not much popular sport but considering as a televised sport, kabaddi regenerates and catch the attention of viewers around the country.
Many people questioned on broadcasters, why kabaddi is televising in the country that loves only one sport named cricket. Broadcasters were under pressure but they sustain and launched Pro Kabaddi League 2014. The Inaugural season of PKL 2014 stunned the people of the country as they bought a remarkable figure of 435 million viewers. Despite the IPL flavour all around the country, Kabaddi slides into the books of historic figures as they competed with grit and end up only 29% lower than 2014 IPL’s 7th season.
Pro Kabaddi league surpassed one of the world’s most-watched event ( FIFA World cup), PKL breaks all record and registered 100 million viewership between 2016 to 2017 just behind Indian premier League. Interest among the people induce investment in the sport, 2017 is the year when star sports bagged the deal worth more than 40 million dollars. It’s the biggest sponsorship deal for non-cricket sports in India.
Despite Cricket Oriented fans in the country, Kabaddi makes his place in the heart of fans, despite originating from India kabaddi becomes popular across the globe. One interesting fact about kabaddi sports is that all the world cups till now is won by Men’s and Women’s national team and one of the massive factors for the rise is a bi-annual tournament that seeks the attention of the viewers as the first two seasons were played in conventional format but it was changed before the third season of PKL, the format is to establish the sport and now Pro Kabaddi league becomes the most popular league after IPL.
12 teams contested in the tournament, Patna pirates are the most successful team in Pro kabaddi league. India invested too much in PKL and the charm of the league is originated by business tycoons and celebrities. Many celebrities come to support their respective teams to the stadium and fans of Kabaddi eventually turned out to be a booster for broadcasters and sponsors as they modified the Rural sport into an Urban feast.
The Legacy of fast bowlers is disappeared from the field of cricket. From 150km/h to 135km/h, the difference is just about 15km/h but the impact is too bigger. In the 1970s-80s-90s era, the fast bowler is renowned for the sheer face of 150, as every team has one 150+ bowler and some of the teams are fortunate to have more than one 150+ bowler. It was a complete different ball game when we talk about the period till 2010.
If we talked about the world fastest bowler in the world, we get evidence of fast bowling exhibition before 2010. We get few players after 2010, who bowl regularly above 150. In modern cricket, if a bowler touches 150+ on the speedometer everyone gets mesmerises by the pace. But nobody talks about the consistency of former speedsters. Fast bowler deceives the batsman with sheer pace, as the ball passes quickly, and the batsman isn’t able to bring their bats down in time.
The fitness level is something that put a big question mark of not producing gun fast bowlers. But modern-day cricket demands more variation than the speed. But the pace is something that can do anything, on dead pitches where nothing can be extracted from the track then the pace will work to deceive the batsman. Pace doesn’t require the help of the surface to produce results, whereas 135-140km/h pace needs some assistance from the surface.
Too much of cricket is the big reason for the disappearance of pace. Leagues all around the world, back to back series, regular home series and away puts more pressure on bowlers to produce on most of the occasion. Since the birth of cricket leagues all around the globe, the disappearance of pace started. The pace is disappearing in modern-day cricket as bowlers are looking for more variations.
Fast bowling is all about absolute pace, but the leagues and limited-overs cricket changed the whole complexion of the game. Variations in bowling are to unsettle the batsman. But bowlers are more dependent on mixing the pace. In modern-day cricket batsman like the pace to come on to the bat and with short boundaries and square, they tend to squeeze the pace.
Fast bowling is the legacy in cricket, and have an impact on the game. The pace can work on any surface, but bowlers opt for a different path in modern-day cricket. The game needs a bullet gun fast bowlers to spice up the tussle bat and ball. Fans all around the world need the charisma of fast bowling, as there is no alternate for pure pace.
Unstoppable India’s superstars break the doubles record and become the most successful and the greatest double player in the history of tennis. Paes registered the record of most double wins in Davis Cup. At the age of 5 years, he started playing tennis and eventually won the Wimbledon junior title at the age of 17 and becomes the top-ranked junior player in the world.
India’s successful pair regarded as best double pair. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi win 3 Grand slam titles. First at the french open in 1999 and second at Wimbledon in the same year and third one at 2001 french open.
The partnership between Leander and Bhupathi was nicknamed as “Indian Express”. They both dominated in the Davis Cup as the duo holds the record of a longest winning streak in doubles. They both partnered in 27 games and won 25 titles together and the most interesting fact about the duo is they won 24 titles consecutively.
Leander Paes during his long playing career with so many partners as he is also renowned for changing partners. He had partnered with more than 100 players for men doubles and more than 20 players for mixed doubles. In 2016 french open, Leander becomes the oldest player to win grand slam titles partnering Martina Hingis. It shows the contribution of Leander to tennis, his perseverance shows that Age is just a number as long as you’re fit enough then no one can hinder your career goals.
Leander Paes is the stalwart of Indian Tennis history as he served India for 30 years and has made more numbers of appearances in Olympics since 1992. He made his appearances in the Olympics 7 times. Leander holds the record for most Davis cup double wins with 43 victories.
1996 is the year when Leander wins the bronze medal at Atlanta Olympics, which is the only medal in India’s Tennis history. Despite being close to 50, Leander is desperate to 8th Olympic representation for India. He admitted that playing in the next Olympics would be a dream and he said that “he takes a lot of pride in his mental and physical fitness”.
When a team got a talented bunch of squad and the fans came out to support their home team with full enthusiasm, But at the end of a day, they went home with a feeling of disheartened. Kerala blasters never won an ISL title. They get their half hands-on the trophy but failed to grab it.
Kerala Blasters reached the finals for 2 times in the first 3 seasons of ISL History but end up losing on both the occasion, 2014 final was played between ATK and Kerala Blasters, which was won by ATK with 1-0. In 2016, the script was similar to 2014 final as the same opponent ATK again defeated Kerala blasters but the results came out through penalty shootout (4-3) in favour of ATK. After the season of 2016, Kerala blaster failed to find their feet in ISL. In the next season, they finished on 6th position and 2018 season was disastrous for Kerala Blasters as they finished the season on 9th position.
Kerala Blasters don’t have a settled unit as they change in bulk. They appoint the tenth coach in six years reflects the stability and put a question mark on management. Out of all the teams, Kerala Blasters changes their managers the most number of times. Their experiment never works on the field and unable to produce any results. The average attendance for 2019-20 season was gone down to 17,515. It shows that the interest of their fans declined by every season.
Kerala Blasters are packed with full of stars like Antonio German, Christopher Dagnall, lain Hume ( Goal Machine ), Pekuson, CK Vineeth, and the Loyal Sandesh Jhingan. But they failed to convert the ability into the title. Kerala Fans chant ”manjappada” the nickname of the yellow army. But the mediocre performances of Kerala Blasters losing the confidence of fans all around the state and nation.
ATK Vs Kerala blasters are regarded as “Indian El Clásico”.