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Sport is the simulation of life. Playing games, especially real and not virtual, infuses so many essential qualities in human beings which help in dealing real life challenges. In games, no matter how good or bad you are, every day will be different for you. Sometimes you lose and on other occasions you win. Isn’t the life behaves in same way? Many of the projects which you take in, no matter how hard effort you put in, results in failure. But what sports teaches us is to be patient with the hope in mind “Apna Time Aayega” (I will get my chance).
At times, sports also help in shaping the principles of life. If shaping seems to be too stretched connotation, then at least it helps in reflecting the principles of life. What I mean here is, can be seen and understood in two of the events in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
This event is from one of the match between Kings 11 Punjab Vs Rajasthan Royals. Those of you, who follow IPL, must be knowing that of which event am I talking about, right? Ravichandran Ashwin ran out Josh butler in one of the most controversial way.
This is from the game played between Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajsthan Royals. (Incidentally Rajasthan was part of both games)
In this match we saw one of the remarkable finishes of this year’s IPL and what made it even more interesting is that less known and unexpected face of the team finished the game in favour of CSK by hitting an unbelievable six in the last ball of the match!
But the event which became the cynosure of all the Cricket Lovers was loss of calmness by Mr. Cool. MS Dhoni was in Dough Out and He came on the ground to resist one of the obnoxious decision by on field umpire at a time when the match was in hanging balance and that decision could have a toll on the wining prospect of either of the sides.
These two events have been very controversial and people are divided on both the issues. In event one, many says that since it was in the rule book of Cricket that a batsman can be run out in that fashion and hence Ashwin has done nothing wrong per se by running out Josh Butler. While the antagonists have altogether different idea on this subject. They say that the act of Ravi Ashwin was against the Spirit of the game and unethical
In the event two, many agree that no doubt that the Umpire had made a terrible decision. But this is prone to happen in such a long tournament. Batsman does make mistakes, bowlers do so why an Umpire can’t make a mistake? Of course, Umpire could have referred that decision to the Third Umpire and that particular decision could have been corrected. But, umpire did a mistake by not referring, still what I believe that even this act of negligence doesn’t allow M.S. Dhoni to run on to the pitch and argue with the Umpire when the match is in progress. This act of him will set a wrong precedent. Many of the new generation cricketers admire him, follow him, and see him as a role model and inspiration . Many admires his calmness, including me. So he should have avoided such act.
At last, as usual, I would like to know your views on this incident. No doubt both Ashwin and Dhoni had done things only to secure a victory for their sides in the Game. But somehow there is consensus and widespread criticism against their act. What do you think, which among the two is important “Achieving Goal or Path Taken to Achieve that Goal” or “Both are equally important”. Be honest on your views.