The cute picture of Virat Kohli hugging Mohammad Rizwan, whose face is right above the Indian captain’s heart, is winning hearts across boundaries. It’s a way of congratulating a team that has done a great job – be it Poland or Pakistan.
At the end, Kohli’s smile, greeting Babar Azam and Rizwan, looked quite genuine. It’s also fitting, because that’s the way a Twenty20 match ends – because, after all, professional cricketers know the format is mostly fun and frolic, even if fans regard it as a matter of life and death. . Cricketers know it is a game of chance, and the margin is so slim that it can often boil down to a few balls.
But former cricketers, perhaps because they are being paid huge sums to discuss Twenty20 cricket on TV, give their analysis with such seriousness and seriousness that it is something that requires massive brainstorming and strategy is involved.
Teams appoint head coaches, coaches, mentors to carry out plans. But it’s all very simple, really – every batsman goes all out with the idea of hitting the ball hard. Since it is so rare for 10 wickets to fall in 20 overs, he has the license to attempt the most outrageous shots. The cost of failure is not high – two good scores in five innings are enough to keep a player in the team, especially in domestic T20 leagues.
Fans are not understanding all this. In India, IPL may have spoiled them too – in IPL, an Indian team always wins. Maybe this gives fans a false sense of grandeur about Indian players – perhaps they believe victory belongs to the Indian team.
The wealth of Indian cricket may have also contributed to the arrogance among the fans.
Some fans, who think defeat hurts players more, have behaved like losers after losing to Pakistan – they have gone out and attacked people in the Indian team, especially Mohammed Shami. This is particularly reprehensible. They would do better by imitating the men they claim to be idolaters – Kohli’s or Indian team’s mentor MS Dhoni’s behavior with Pakistani players after the game was exemplary. Watch and learn. It’s just a game – enjoy it if you win, congratulate the winner if you lose, then move on.
Sport is unpredictable and fans must learn to accept good and bad results – and here we are talking about T20 cricket, which is the epitome of unpredictability. As former Australian captain Ian Chappell says, “The T20 World Cup is a lottery because the format favors upsets”. So, whether your team wins or loses, learn to handle the outcome with Dhoni’s dignity and coolness.