I have been watching the Cricket matches against India.
It got me thinking of those great payers in the seventies.
My heroes back then. Players like Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Dennis Lindsay, Mike Procter, and the rest.
I remember a Test match against Australia. Barry Richards almost made a century before lunch!
Not sure, but I think he was making his debut.
Unheard of back then. Run rates were around 2 to the over! It was a Test Match, after all.
A forward defensive stroke would race to the boundary. Sheer timing and assertive attitude. No fear.
Graeme Pollock always attacked the bowlers. He believed that every bad ball should go for four.
He also kept it on the ground most of the time. One can't get caught that way.
So what is it with our current crop of batsmen?
Why are they so afraid to actually attack the bowlers? Especially the spin bowlers.
And our bowlers? Remember Glenn McGrath and Shawn Pollock? That line in the "corridor of uncertainty"? Length on off-stump? Boring, but oh, so effective. Who got the most wickets?
Are we so afraid of losing that we have forgotten how to win?
And to enjoy the game.
To play like we did to get into the team in the first place?
I'm no fundi or critic. I enjoy the game for what it is. A GAME.
Win some lose some. As in life itself.
Every one of our players has serious talent.
They need to be encouraged to have fun while playing the game.
It shouldn't only be about winning and losing. Or is it about the money?
Do we enjoy what we do every day? Or are our lives also about winning everything?
Money and power? Cut and thrust? Search and destroy?
We all need to enjoy what we're doing. That is our choice.
We were born to be Happy, but we have to choose to make it so....
Just my opinion.
in South Africa.
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