Opinion, Sports

DHONI IS SYMBOLIC OF THE RELUCTANCE OF INDIANS TO QUIT GRACEFULLY

That MSD has been struggling to get the ball off the square for well over a year now is obvious. He is a spent force with his fitness and running between the wickets the only things keeping him even remotely relevant.

What is it about so many of us that prevents us from accepting the reality of age, the slowing of reflexes, the graying of the mane, the reality of wrinkles, and the need to make way for new and fresh blood?

Kapil Dev hung on long after his knees had given up and his bowling had become an apology – just for that one wicket so that he could nudge ahead of Richard Hadlee – today, so many cricketers have gone past that number he thought he could etch on the stone of eternity.

Tendulkar too overstayed for the sake of that 100th 100 and perhaps a chance to lay a finger on the World Cup – ironic that it was MSD who made Tendulkar’s dream a reality and it is the very same MSD who now fights vainly against the dying light…

To see MSD struggling to put bat to ball, flay at balls like Don Quixote raging at the windmills while tragic at one level, is also an indictment of all of us who refuse to acknowledge the vicissitudes of time. MSD might yet prove me wrong and make a quickfire 50 in the very next match but it shall only be a flash in the pan – he will never be the MSD of old – that MSD is long gone…

To have DK in the team and still retain MSD and then prevent a talent like Pant just because a senior citizen refuses to acknowledge the reality of his uselessness is tragically comic – the WC shall be lost with MSD at 4 – but even that shall not prevent us from asking MSD to leave gracefully – for his own sake, for the sake of the team, and for the sake of all his fans who are embarrassed to witness his struggles…

I had observed on another timeline that even Mathadhipathis must retire or descend into Mauna because senility is a reality. The Kanchi Paramacharya, once the voice of the Hindus himself entered into eternal silence and lived like that for close to two decades of his life – it was magnificent to behold – as if the silence of the Universe had entered into him.

We see this in our homes too where old parents who must enter into Vanaprastha continue to live as Grahasthas controlling the lives of their children…

We must learn to exit and exit gracefully if not for others at least for our own selves…

Go MSD… Go…


PS; (added: Feb 10, 2019) Although in subsequent matches, MSD did score a few runs, made contributions behind the wickets, the fact remains that Dhoni has lost the ability to be a match winner on his own. He can be part of a winning partnership when the other batsman does the heavy lifting – in the absence of such a partner, MSD can no longer do the heavy hitting himself…