As it is evident right now, world sports has taken a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has spread like fire in the woods.
While all this is happening around the globe, Sachin Tendulkar, regarded as the ‘God of Cricket’ in India, feels that the battle against this deadly virus can be fought like a Test match.
“In my whole career as a professional player and beyond, I never thought I would see something like this, ” said Tendulkar.
Test Cricket is said to be the greatest form of the game and is arguably more than just a game. It teaches us beyond sport and gives some important life lessons.
Just like in Test when nothing is in our control, we need to show patience and spend time on the crease or keep hitting the good lines and lengths. Accordingly, right now the world surely needs to show patience and follow sanity in taking best possible precautions as we battle this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already affected major cricketing events like South Africa’s tour of India, New Zealand’s tour of Australia, England’s tour of Sri Lanka, IPL and the PSL. And in these circumstances, it is best for us to play session by session, over by over and ball by ball and show grit to stay unbeaten.
The world should come together and work as a team. Moreover, the focus should not only be on our personal performances but must show care about our partner’s and team’s performance as well.
Like in Test Cricket, we respect the conditions and bat or bowl according to the situation, similarly in such scenario, we need to respect the conditions and keep ourselves isolated, sanitized and keep our nose and mouth protected with masks.
Right now the virus has already taken a first-innings lead and it is our turn to show our grit, dedication, concentration to turn the tables like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid did in 2001 at Eden Gardens and in 2003 at Adelaide.