Sports and The "Unimportant": The Sight Screen

Nandhini ReddyCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty" - Mother Teresa
Meet the poorest thing in cricket, the sight screen.
A no-nonsense piece of cricketing equipment that is hardly focused by the television cameras; a fragment of canvas or plastic considered vital for a batsman's line-of-sight. 
No matter if the play spans only through the day or extends into and beyond twilight, the mighty sight screen stays there placid and composed; endures wind, dust and rain and yet does not attract any attention.

The sight screen owes a lot to spectators in and around for its occasional limelight. A sight screen would never be captured by the camera people if it were not for the spectators moving around, hindering the batsman's line of sight.  

It has come a long way from being a mere wooden construct to the contemporary polypropylene on galvanized iron frames. 
Regrettably, this transformation has not managed to draw the attention of the media who are busy broadcasting apprehensions only about the new additions to the game like the hawk-eye and snickometer.

Stay composed and you are likely to be missed out for it is with a controversy that lime light comes, isn't it?