Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Feet of Clay



The problem with being a martyr is that it doesn't leave much room for compromise. So he went and sucked up to Big Daddy Shady Power. And was shooed back into the team. Goodbye, Almost Hero.


As Kapil Dev said, "Batting karke dikha naa, bheekh kyon mangta hai?!" Loosely translated - when you have a bat to do your talking, why pick up a begging bowl?

**** ****

14 comments:

Tom Pinkerton said...

Not fair, Mr. Prufrock!

He DID...maybe it wasn't an innings to write home about, but bat he *did*.

And if they won't let him play despite the fact that he can and really , really wants to...what's a man supposed to do?

Maybe he doesn't *want* to be a martyr, maybe he wants to be remembered as the batsman that *did* (as opposed to, could-have-been).

Even gods deserve a second chance, Mr. Prufrock...don't you think?

*note: this entire defense is based
on your last post on the same subject - I know zilch about cricket.

the thing inside me said...

Ha ha!
servant of kings and not of cabbages then, huh?

"As a rule, man is a fool
when its hot he wants it cool
when its cool he wants it hot
always wanting what is not"

yeah, the aura does wear off once he does something human-like. anyway, that was a good piece you wrote. so yay!

A fool on the hill said...

We are witness to Shakespearean tragedy in a modern setting. Saurav's story has all the elements: conflict between the protagonist and a superior power, bathetic turn of events and a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror

Bengali Guy said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Bengali Guy said...

Why arent you happy that sourav can now prove himself again ? Wouldnt it be nice if he can regain the captainship ?

Tragic Heroes dont write history. Ignoble survivors do.

hdpal said...

It is ironic in more than one way, but again the following is the advice that the Wizard of Oz imparted to the scarecrow:

"As for you, my fine friend— you're a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom.”

Man in Mufti said...

Yes. And a call back is call back. Making comebacks from a "gone" position. Or is there a monopoly on that too. Tell me!/?!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikhil Pahwa said...

Strange, wasn't it? First his form didn't warrant his selection. Then his doggedness ensured that he didn't deserve to be dropped. And now his unwillingness to prove himself (two Ranji matches missed since the Delhi test, yes?) showcases his fear of failure. Then again, who isn't afraid of failing?

Now that what has been done has been done (politics is but another tool to combat politics), let us hope that he fights on the field as well.

Another thing: if our demi-god is allowed to evolve and change his game, why not our ex-captain?

Sougata Sarkar said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like your blog. Very nice.

GREATBONG said...

Well said Kapil, ghuskhor who never got caught...at least begging is better than shedding crocodile tears.

PS : JAP replied to your message on G Talk. But I guess you had left by then.

the thing inside me said...

not related to the post at all, but i needed a translation. so, you bongs out there, help.

"aami Kolkataar-cheley"

means, I...???

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and sourav did what he had to do. Sometimes the feeling of powerlessness is a bit too unbearable for people who have been in power for quite a substantial period of time.

Btw Kapil and batting..:-). Isnt that called slogging.

peace out
pax

vague said...

happy new year, japji.....:)

Rita said...

Nice blog you have. Keep posting :D