The Truman Show Comes To Cricket

There was a moment during India’s run chase against Pakistan that stood out for me (for the wrong reasons): the producers decided they needed to add a little perspective to the Kohli and Co’s frantic scoring, so they showed a slow-motion shot of Kohli and Rohit Sharma bumping fists and laughing. Sunil Gavaskar says something like, “I think we are seeing a glimpse of India’s batting future here.” Then, the camera showed a fluttering Indian flag somewhere in the stadium. As production goes, not bad — but it reminded me of that moment in The Truman Show where a producer manipulates the script and camera shots to show Jim Carrey’s character in a flattering light for his “hero shot.”

It’s hard for me just yet to see Sharma or Kohli fill in the shoes of Dravid or Tendulkar (or Kallis or Ponting). Part of the problem is that it’s difficult to imagine 20-something brats as statesmen, a label that you only receive (it seems) when you hit the early to mid-thirties. Then again, Kevin Pietersen has been playing for nearly a decade now, and I still can’t shake off his ridiculous early mohawk-like haircut from the Oval, 2005. This isn’t to knock any of these athletes — they’re all phenomenally talented. But worthy of a Gavaskar-produced tribute and an ode to India’s future? To me, Dravid and Co. were the first-generation stalwarts who established a dynasty and saw it flourish; these guys seem like the second-generation floozies who may just throw away the inheritance for a Ferrari.

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8 thoughts on “The Truman Show Comes To Cricket

  1. David says:

    Surely the nadir of the commentary in that game was when Gavaskar and his ilk were forced to wax lyrical about some new sponsor logo?

    • duckingbeamers says:

      I missed that — there was a moment when Siva started talking about some air conditioner, which had been placed randomly by the field.

  2. Golandaaz says:

    That Gavaskar implied anywhere in his statement that Virat & Rohit will be as good as Sachin and Rahul isn’t obvious at all in his words.

    Strange post

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Perhaps I wrote this too quickly — the first part is about the silly production; the second part is more my feelings about Kohli and Sharma, now hailed as the “future of India’s batting.” So the second part isn’t about Gavaskar, just my thoughts about the young’uns.

  3. Minal says:

    There is every possibility that Kohli-Sharma could do better, we don’t know as yet. It’s always difficult to accept that next gen can do better than your generation heroes. Like my dad who sweared by Lloyd, Richards, Kanhai, Pataudi, Gavaskar, Vishy and uncle who still stands by them. My point is -first it is too early to pass such a harsh judgement on these two youngsters and second why is it difficult to accept they could be worthy successors to the Sachin-Dravid dynasty?

  4. Minal says:

    Also Dravid & Co were not the first generation to establish a dynasty, by stating so you are not accepting that it was Gavaskar who actually turned around the face of Indian batting and inspired Sachin-RSD who you call the first generation of stalwarts. I never saw Gavaskar bat only through my dad and uncle’s stories and to me there is no doubt he was the batsman who led to the generation of fab 4 that we were lucky to witness.

  5. I actually enjoyed this piece! great work 🙂 and interesting reading…

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