Ravindra Jadeja is a bowling machine who wears an India T-shirt often. A strange human being with a capacity to probably take unending physical toils. Say, if there was a race of keeping awake in the hot sun, by all likelihoods, he would stand favourite of standing first of the entire humanity of the whole 7 Billions. Plays cricket for India at the top level at the global ranks. And perhaps also, the first Indian to mark the debut in “The Curious Case of X” series of literature/articles around one. The maiden one came over in 2010, and he has been garnering more than one biannually since, summing up to at least one each for a media piece each to have existed. Google yields 18000 of them. Fame is not new to him. Virat knows him for faking while Dhoni for being a Sir, or a piece of caffeine to the team, and us the cricket fans as some dolphin around a cricket ground tossing up and down. We know him for energy. But last night, happened a crime. Of which Jadeja also did not commit the first time. “Losing premeditatedly” is the crime, or “Not trying to win or overcome till death”. It reads being unsport, a process that yields into a structured, well defined art called “Giving up“, making a human aspire and embrace mediocrity by habit, in turn which matures as nature at large in the humanity. And as ever, there’s outrage.
Of the crime, yes, the same obvious one, India can’t lose to Pakistan. Not to the people who chose to kill on the eve of a Grand Celebration. And that not when the escalations stay heightened, like a responsibility. One loss in sector 1 pushing wedge to sector 2, in this age, losses do affect positions, elsewhere. A loss is a loss. We saw an Army mocking through sports elsewhere, for the country whose ex International Sportsman ploughs an Uber as far away as Australia. We mean Arshad Khan of Pakistan. So it matters in a connected world. And we look with a certain pity to those who spoilt the Peninsula under guard of Himalayas. Probably like Tendulkar, it too needed a partner Aravallis equal in height, to have the tri-color fluttering to keep to the winning side by default. Some fools gave a call, and they rallied. So it matters to lose somewhere. And annihilating to give up, up there.
So, because of the immediacy of the event this may head towards individual shaming, given the heat and passions shared. But this is with no attempt to malign individual identities. That the same being Ravindra Jadeja, has risen up from the bottomest of lines, to represent India at the top, his ride has been meteoric and inspiring. No discredit to that, and no individual shaming. In fact we believe in public shaming whenever we do, which we do often. That we do at levels of humanity, for our users come in bulk and across the globe. On occasions that we go after individuals, we present use cases of peaks of the trait under scrutiny, to hint at the group at large, in batches of humanity, independent of nationalities. Of the individuals, we acknowledge them as a human variant, with all eligibility to human rights. World’s first “hate the sin, not the sinner entity”, we’re The Sane Observer. And we’re after a crime, “Giving up”.
At The Sane Observer, we look upto humans differently, say like Cars. Manufactured to different needs, segments, budgets, utilities, geographies, from different factories. Collectively expressing up as markets, but individually expressed as models. Say Vxi & Lxi, wherein the Vxi comes over as the expensive model, the one with airbags reading for security. A variant with a natural gift to rear natural slaves naturally. And they rear “Happy Slaves”. While every car is a car and no car a lesser car, in lesser developed markets, the lesser expensive ones are projected to be more prudent, hence more in demand and more glorified. They project to be of strong ability to drive secure to deploy the belief and practice of being more pragmatic to own the cheaper model pushing the demand to lesser side of the higher model. Thereafter, the cheaper owners more often than not resort to cheap intoxication to run into disasters. Consequently the cars die more in number there. While they don’t maintain insurances for the long run, abhorrence to security, leaves fewer owners in case of accidents. But the cars die as a whole. Say, India competes Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo & Somalia for the top 5 in women’s safety or the Vxi. And as a result they express as a poorer market with more sub-standard cars. The Benzs & BMWs continue to live, expand while the M800s, they give way to Kwids. Marutis, they may live as less than 10% or as legacies if good in histories, but with a definite road life. While Ambassadors, result into shutters down with no takers, heavy debts and empty hues & cries.
And these cars, individually to make a car, to have an identity of one unique model, get finished out of assemblage of different units: Body, Engine, Electricals, Upholsteries and so on. Of which the core part is the engine, the spirit. Broadly classifiable into two ranges based on fuel or the drive: i) The Internal Combustion ( petrol/diesel/ ATF or the fossil fueled) ii) The External Combustion (Electric powered). One with lots of harms, other with no apparent harm, until advanced research. Same with humans, from that level of build, marks the expression and future in the market: i) Sport and ii) Unsport. The Sport is the electric propelled here. And this build determines value & demand of the car pre-emptively before rolling around. So this is around the primary build from the levels as high as Sport and Unsport, the levels where Vxi or the Lxi doesn’t matter. To be unsport is as criminal as to be the fossil fueled car in 2017 with massive Ozone holes and unreliable climate. And if Ravindra Jadeja is the “Sir” of Unsports, or the trait ‘Giving Up’?
Being Sport is playing to the rules predetermined and published before the commencement of a game (or event or a goal) with all grit and spirits with an aim to stay on the winning side. Neither is the option is to give mid way once committed, even if a defeat is imminent, nor is to change rules or cry foul. You play until the finish with one goal, to be able to touch the victory line. Should you lose, you accept the defeat along with all its ancillary losses only to come better prepared for another game. Never do you give up or blame. You choose path not the destination. And should you be playing for a team, you play for the team. And if I were to hunt for a ‘Sir’ in the culture of Sportism, one of the peaks would be our own Yuvraj Singh (again a cricketer from India). Anything else is being Unsport. Sport brings in excellence, turn arounds, on occasions miracles. While the unsport reads for unreliability, offensive stance, cheating or mediocrity at best.
So while we go through Jadeja, which we’d try to go as mildly as possible, given the track records of us Indians, having defacing a national team innumerably in the past, we want to underline the process to Unsport. And also Jadeja is not the lone guy to practice the ritual, or by statistics, it could go down to the 96% of the population. For instance, only 1% of the Indians pay taxes, while the rest remaining unsport to produce receipts. Mediocrity they follow as ritual, while they look at excellence with heightened eyebrows. And should they bear a Pakistan coefficient in life, they also seek proofs. Thereby also making difficult or discouraging for a sport to practice being sport. And we Indians profess this crime of embracing mediocrity more than religion. Of which the results described in any of the performing indices, be it of business or happiness or hunger or corruption or just any index to exist.
Let’s see what Jadeja did.
He equipped a run out for a team already down almost to point of no return. On the other end was a newbie with a firing cylinder all ablaze to flirt with an improbable miracle. With plenty of time around to knit a miracle, the only thing sport possible could have been to hang around and, or to facilitate the performer let him finish as long as possible. But he had it the other way. Achieving the last desired outcome. Was it first? Well, the game was more tilted than controllable before the pair came. May it have been a loss in sane senses of a high pressure occasion.
A bowling machine with super agile body he comes around. That he deserves a position at the top to represent the side, there’s little doubt. And has been mostly into the thick and thins of the playing eleven for a good 8 years, close to a decade. While exemplary memorable moments have been rare, not enough to flash at the outset, on the contrary, of instances not trying to win or to not convert for reasons whichsoever, comes more prominently. Let’s pick top 3.
- India vs Australia (Nov 5, 2009), Hyderabad. Australia putting up 350 on the board to be chased, India managed to middle order collapse to chase a herculean total. But was there the Master in second birth beyond injuries and far more tempered, closing it up almost single handedly, with half the target all by himself. But then as India has had it, one Tendulkar was never enough, as he miscued for the 1st time in the innings at 175, there was all but 19 to victory line of 3 overs. On the other end was this not so new Jadeja, that with a fair bit of steadying, 23 off 17 already by the stage. He mastered his own run out, off the occasion
- India vs Australia (Jan 20, 2016), Canberra. Almost a repeat but for middle over collapse. Aussies piled up a 348, with a 349 to chase. Post a not so early wicket of Rohit Sharma, rallied Kohli and Dhawan with hundreds each. Happened a mild collapse with the fall of partnership, to be followed with Dhoni and Gurkeerat a newbie, came in Jadeja in the 40th over with 71 to get off the last 11. Absolutely gettable for an 7 year permanent. He finished with 24 not out with the innings winding up by last over 17 short of the win. Reminded of the Manoj Prabhakar of early nineties like to have prepared for a loss.
- India Vs Pakistan (June 19, 2017), Oval. Well, the memories are fresh!
Is he the Sir of ‘Giving up’ ? Being Sir, is being a peak in some domain.