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.