Why is winning so important?
Our cricket team put on a good show, entertained the crowd – so what if we lost by 5 runs? Why is that the most important part of the game? Okay I would have been happy to see them win but remember one team always has to lose. It could so easily have been Team India instead of Team Pakistan that lost. Then there would have been over a billion broken hearts instead of 160 million. What is this madness on both sides of the border?
Everyone here is analysing the blasted game as if it were a scientific experiment. What could have been done differently? What if Misbah had played a more conservative shot, then the shoe would have been on the other foot. What if Imran Nazir hadn’t been run out? What if Shahid Afridi hadn’t been so careless with the first shot? Hafeez should have played his natural game.
Hey let us not assume to know what it’s like when the teams are out there taking part in a competitve sport. In a Twenty20 game especially, I think it has a lot to do with luck and how well you play under pressure. Let’s give them a break. They did well to get to the finals. They performed well against Australia and Sri Lanka. Let them enjoy the game and play it as a sport. As far as I am concerned, “cricket was the winner” in the finals because no one team dominated.
One can see what the pressure did to the players and especially to the young captain. It was bad enough that Shoaib Malik felt that he and the team had let the country down, but apologizing to all the Muslims across the globe for not winning the match was a bit much. So would that have included Irfan and Yusuf Pathan? That is an indication of how deeply the loss affected him.
Our team is full of talented youngsters and I think they would put on a much better performance if they were allowed to play the game and enjoy it. Yes they should be taught skill, technique, discipline and team spirit, and perhaps some communication skills would help as well … but then leave them alone to play the game of cricket!
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