Ramdin’s Celebration

What Roshan Mahanama said: “We all understand the importance of celebrating a milestone, however, one should not use that time as an opportunity to hit out at one’s critic or send messages to the world.” Do not send messages to the world — that’s strangely poetic.

Is it just me, or have batsmen’s celebrations become more extravagant of late? I’ve long been a fan of bowlers’ celebrations because bowlers are the lepers of the game, and I’m willing to allow them some theatrics for all all their sweat and toil. But do I want to see Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay telling me — and millions of fans or imagined critics — to fuck off upon reaching a century? When I was younger, I used to think that the simple act of raising a bat was the humblest and most profound way to accept praise. For that’s what it was meant to be: a way to accept praise. I suppose I’m a purist in this regard too — I want to see a straight bat, the flat side turned up and held close to the chest, the top pointed straight to the sky. Even the slight tilt — to fans in the stadium, or to teammates — that’s a no-no.

Players must realize that their time on the stage is limited, and whether or not their career will be remembered is largely out of their control. Ramdin is young yet, but if he is wise, he should look most forward not to the next century but to the Babe Ruth moment: the one when he’s old and tired and after a great career, the thousands in the stadium call out their thanks and love. For then, all that will be left to do is take off his cap and bow.



7 thoughts on “Ramdin’s Celebration

  1. David says:

    If you want dignity upon retirement, I would suggest Lou Gehrig rather than Babe Ruth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SKyfGK9brs

    • duckingbeamers says:

      when i was researching for this post, someone said something to the effect of: while ruth’s farewell speech lacked the one-liner of gehrig’s, he spoke from the heart about his love for baseball.

      and i think that’s true.

  2. CricketNNS says:

    Guys like Kohli and Vijay should learn from Sachin, even Dhoni. Sachin,for one, is always humble and has never really made a big scene when he has made a hundred. Dhoni, with his usual swagger, remains cool and barely shows emotion. Probably the reason why they have done so well.

  3. Nishant says:

    Reminded me of a moment from India’s last England tour. Dravid was leaving the ground after his last ODI innings bat held high while the crowd stood in acknowledgment. However the more memorable moment was the way Johnathon Trott came to Dravid and took off his cap before shaking his hand. That was a moment of respect for me.

  4. Eric Vinyl says:

    While I totally get your point, I think it’s interesting that you mention Ruth, who was the epitome of arrogance during his career, a womanizer and a drinker at the height of Prohibition, he stood in defiance of the voices of temperance and morality at the time.

    Babe Ruth, in fact, was made for the IPL.

    I was recently perusing a shitty book about soccer, and this English fan surmises that endless media criticism causes the country’s football side to avoid taking any risks that they would later be excoriated for in the national spotlight, while the American sportswriter points out that searching for perceived slights among the chattering classes is a cliché in U.S. sport, motivating players and allowing them to say, upon winning, “Nobody believed in us, and we proved them wrong.”

    • duckingbeamers says:

      not a bad cross national comparison.

      re: babe ruth, i actually know next to nothing about him beyond that picture. i think i was trying to make the point that after your career, you exist largely in the fans’ minds, memory and imagination. and that’s what that ruth image means to me — a certain acknowledgment of humility after a long, successful, and brash career.

  5. Hey DB,

    To say that bowlers work hard and sweat to earn their wickets. But, assuming that a batsman scores a hundred without the same sweat and hard work is wrong. I am not justifying people shouting what they want at every milestone.

    However, sport is just not the same without emotions. And expressing them isn’t wrong in my opinion. I cannot think of the Natwest Final without Ganguly’s shirt waving or Nasser’s pointing to his shirt. Whether it is staring in the eyes or giving a word or two to the batsman, expressing emotions makes the game worth watching.

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