The Not Out Batsman and Cricket

Dann KhanAnalyst IAugust 11, 2009

In cricket, there are plenty of emotions. In fact, in any sport there are plenty of emotions. But since I am writing on cricket, I will concern myself with nothing else.

So as I was saying, cricket has plenty of emotions. But within the game, there is something which shows you a lot of emotions, too.

It is the "not out batsman."

Think about it for a minute...and now continue to read.

Sometimes, there is just one not outer, and sometimes there are two. And in the cases when there is a lone person, you never see a happy face.

It is because the batsman knows, he is still not out, but he cannot do anything to take his team to victory. He may be angry with the other batsmen for not doing anything to get their team a victory. Though, in such situations, the batsman often blames himself.

If the person is a tailender, he can not be blamed. Batting is not his main job. But the game is so bat-chauvinist these days that the person would still be blamed.

It's very possible that the poor tailender may feel that is was he inability to bat which slowed the scoring. This finally resulted in his partner trying to push things and getting out.

Of course, if it's a top order batsman, it is very difficult to not find fault. He will not feel good about it. Blaming yourself would be the first step.

"Why did I not play more strokes and get my team past the line?" "Could I not have shielded the weaker batsmen?"   

Looking at the team inside the dressing room would also give very interesting sights. Some players would try to ease their guilt by blaming the guy. Though, the captain and the coach along with some of the other players would be thinking that it was the whole team that let them down.

I am not saying which is right which is wrong. Because emotions can never be judged.

Taking a look at the situation where two batsmen are left, you feel better at first, but I think it is worse.

Yes, many times the pair of batsmen do return victorious. Happy, that they were able to stick it out and score the winning runs. The captain also feels great.

Maybe the rest of the batsmen did nothing and still they managed to win. But a victory is a victory.

When two return, it can also mean the match is drawn. Which in itself can bring emotions such as happiness, thrill, extreme sadness, dullness, etc., depending on how great this drawn match was.

But what really hurts is when you lose in this situation. It just means that your team could not reach the finish line despite the fact that your runners made it all the way. It means that your guys are not good finishers.

It means that the other team is clearly better than you. If your batsmen are unable to reach the target in the given amount of time, it just means they really need to work hard.

The two guys who are walking back would be blaming each other for every mistake they made on other while playing. Like all other cases, they may also be blaming themselves.

So two things might happen, either, they might be staring at each other or they might not even be in a position to look into each other's eyes

So this is a great position in cricket which often boosts the average of a batsmen but still in some cases it is better to be avoided.

It is a position, from which you may return after the last wicket resulted just like the last straw did on the camel's back. Making it fall.

It is a position, from which you may return like a wounded soldier who held on.

It is a position, from which you returned not bothered by the fact that you lost, but bothered about the burden of the loss the teammates are going to put on your back.

It is a position...