Make believe cricket?
A tally of 872 runs in 100 overs in an ODI! Is it because there were no good bowlers around? Or is it because the pitch totally suited the batsmen? Or are we into something like those spectacles where big wrestlers on television trade blows but in the end no one seems to get hurt? Cricket lovers fervently hope that we are not into anything make believe.
The Wanderers one-dayer certainly took cricket to unimaginable heights of glory. Not only Ricky Ponting and Herschelle Gibbs but also all the others in this incredible contest achieved undying fame. It will not be a surprise if some day a book is written on this amazing match.
T.S. Pattabhi Raman,
In the high-voltage drama that unfolded at the Wanderers, there was place for an example of true sporting spirit when Ricky Ponting politely declined the `Man of the Match' award given to him jointly with Herschelle Gibbs, stating that `Herschelle deserves it more'. I was moved by Ponting's gesture.
The Kumble peak
Anil Kumble's first, 300th and 500th victims in Test cricket were Englishmen Allan Lamb, Mathew Hoggard and Steve Harmison. By a curious coincidence, Hoggard was at the non-striker's end when Kumble picked his 500th victim (Harmison)!
A.U.R. Javid Latif,
The tennis fraternity's reaction to Bjorn Borg's announcement that he wanted to sell off his Wimbledon trophies, is inspiring. The concern is that the trophies should not go to the wrong hands. The stress is on preserving the trophies while helping Borg get over his bad days. The lesson to be learnt from this gesture for other sports organisations render help to needy players.