The beauty of sport lies in its glorious uncertainty
The beauty of sport is the 'ifs' and 'buts' that come with it and while that is predominantly so in cricket, even other sports have that factor that allows fans and supporters to let their minds wander and imagine, writes Sunil Gavaskar.india Updated: Jul 12, 2009 00:05 IST
Roger Federer's 15th win in a Major was a hard fought one. Andy Roddick played an inspired match and was unlucky to lose. The French Open was the only Major that had been eluding Federer and that happened this year.
He had to contend with questions about Rafael Nadal's absence at Roland Garros, where the left-hander was knocked out in an earlier round, and at the All England, where injury prevented him from playing. Federer replied that he could only play the man across the net, and if it wasn't Nadal that was hardly his fault.
The beauty of sport is the 'ifs' and 'buts' that come with it and while that is predominantly so in cricket, even other sports have that factor that allows fans and supporters to let their minds wander and imagine.
There was a time in limited-overs cricket, where if a match was washed out and a winner had to be decided, the spin of the coin was used to decide the winner. Then it was bowl-out in the T20 World Cup in South Africa and now there is the Super Over. There is a school of thought that is against all this. No rule can ever be the perfect solution and with the pressures of a public wanting a result administrators are hard pressed to come up with one that will please everybody.
The strike called by the West Indies Players' Association is unfortunate. The players' complaint is that they have gone through four tournaments and series without a contract but then that also brings forth the question --- why strike now and not earlier? It does give a wrong impression though it may well be that the players don't rate Bangladesh highly.
The players could have made a better point by asking for their contracts before the India series as the West Indian Board would not have diluted the series by playing a second-string team.