Monday, April 23, 2007

Honestly, I had no idea

From the Department of Tautology Peddling, comes this headline: "Bond targets Jayasuriya". Fascinating. A fast bowler announces his intention to dismiss an opening batsman. How interesting. I always thought fast bowlers were sprinters forced to do hard labor with a cricket ball in hand. Thats why they ran in all day at the stumps, and then turned around and did it all over again. Sisyphean labors and all that. But now I'm finding out that they are out there to get opening batsmen out. Seriously, just because Glenn McGrath used the word "target" in some press conference because he wanted to get the press to do the job of sledging for him, do journalists have to play along in this fashion? (Whats the matter with these cricket journalists, are they the White House correspondents?). I agree that some sort of title is needed for a cricketing piece and what better than some 'catchy' title like the one above? Still, it wouldn't hurt to get clear on one thing: bowlers are there to get batsmen out, and to restrict the number of runs scored by the opposing side. If a bowler announces that that is what he is planning to do, the correct thing to do is not run to the nearest telegraph station to announce this to all and sundry, but to followup with a question, "Excuse moi, Mr. Bowler, would you like to go beyond the bleeding obvious and say something thats mildly interesting?" (I know, I'm asking for too much; journalists ask the same questions all the time, and players give the same answers, and besides they're all saving their best material for the books they plan to write).

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