I urge all lovers of cricket literature to take a look at Alan Ross’s A Cricketers Companion. i promise that you will not be dissapointed.
Not, by the way, that excuses are the preserve of youth. Far from it. I once heard a batsman complain that the bowler’s grunt had put him off as he had mistaken it for a call of “no-ball”. On another occasion a dismissed player marched from the ground in the wrong direction in pursuit of some poor fool who had walked in front of the sightscreen just as the ball was being released. That both batsmen were captains of England will not altogether surprise cognoscenti. That both were Yorkshiremen will not surprise them an iota.
BTW, for those of you who are ignorant of Tamil, the title translated in English reads : Lame Excuse
Have there been days when you have woken up or more likely when you have gone back to the change room and said’ I am sure there are easier professions than this, what an idiot I am.
Brett Lee : Definitely, there have been days when you’ve got no wickets and no runs when you think ‘why am I playing this game?’ At that point you might not be enjoying it and that might last 20 minutes or 5 days. But then that be turned out in 2 days time when you get 3-4 wickets. Then you are on top of the world and you think ‘this game is brilliant’. Cricket is a very funny game because it is a great way to suck people in because it has got great stuff about it, it’s a great leveller as well. None of us are bigger than the game. We should enjoy Cricket and respecting the opponent is the most important thing.
Would you say that captaincy is the toughest job in cricket?
No, no. I think it could be one of the most enjoyable jobs in the world, particularly when you are a batsman who doesn’t bowl. Captaincy can only add to the game for you. I certainly found that, when I took over the captaincy of Australia, it just gave me something else to do on the field.
I’ve always believed that every player should be thinking about the game all the time, about what they can do to maybe help the side out. But when you are the captain, you’ve got to actually make those decisions. And it certainly added to what I could do during the game, so I found it very enjoyable.
Was it never a challenge for you?
At the end of the day, people take the game too seriously. It’s not always easy but you’ve got to keep it in perspective. You are talking about the game of cricket here. I never saw it as a job that costs people their lives or their money or anything like that. It was a game for people to enjoy playing and watching. It was a challenge, yes, but something I enjoyed.
the first one from Max Planck:
“For no man is born with a legal claim to happiness, success and prosperity in life. We must
therefore accept every favourable decision of Providence, each single hour of happiness, as an
unearned gift, one that imposes an obligation. The only thing that we may claim for our own
with absolute assurance, the greatest good that no power in the world can take from us, and that
can give us more permanent happiness than anything else, is integrity of soul, which manifests
itself in a conscientious performance of one’s duty.”
the second one from the Dhammapada, which is such a wonderful book, containing nuggets of information:
Life seems easy for those who are shamelessly bold and self-assertive, crafty and cunning,sensuously selfish,wanton and impure,arrogant and insulting,rotting with corruption.
But Life seems difficult for those who peacefully strive for perfection, who free from self-seeking are not slef-assertive, whose life is pure, who see the light.