The Wicket-Keeper

 

Fascination for cricket is at its peak with the on going Indian Premier League. no horrifying background of the soap serials, no sansani khes khulasa and breaking news, no fake dramas of the reality shows, just cricket.
Vidya Balan once said, “Filme sirf teen cheezo se chalti hain, entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.”
A same scene is with IPL. Β I’m lovin’ it. πŸ˜‰
So much cricket that I started wondering how did the wicket-keeper get its name as wicket-keeper? It may have been an English servant who was given the task of managing the wickets, keeping them safely, cleaning then. He must have kept the wickets with him and brought them to the field everyday and must have been given the duty of correcting them every time it fell. The probability is high as we have read about the elite class doing the more of batting and leaving the fielding and bowling task to the lesser classes. (Quite like the big-building-bullies) Thus, wicket keeper.
Now don’t run after me asking how the goal keeper was named. I dont know how he took the goal with him. πŸ˜›

I am not so much interested in the name as in the game. The wicket-keeper may be said the most vital part of the game and that is not because of his task. Throughout the over, if it is anyone that tells the bowler that he can take a wicket, it is the wicket keeper. He keeps on clapping and keeps making some sounds to motivate the bowler. Kamran Akmal is the best in business and he just gets excited when Shahid Afridi comes to bowl. May the ball go for six, four, single, dot… anything; Kamran Akmal adjusts his helmet, then claps and then the motivational speech starts, “Shahid Bhai, Shahid Bhai milega milega” or “Shaabaash Shaabash Shahid Bhaai”. It seems comedy. It is comedy. But somehow it wins to motivate Afridi who is another comedy. Spinner who bowls at 125 kph. Kamran Akmal another. He is such a comedy wicket keeper that he cant even catch flu. This supportive nature makes the wicket-keeper vital.

Wicket-keeper never lets the bowler feel alone. May it be an LBW appeal or a vague appeal for caught behind, the keeper shouts along with the bowler shaking all ends of his voice box. Amazing man he is.
And lastly, the wicket-keeper assures the bowler that he may bowl anywhere he likes. This may seem worthless but it is a fact. Had their been no wicket-keeper, cricket would have been a game like darts. ‘Aim’ at the stumps, and release the ball. You miss and it will cost you.

Behind every successful man, there is a successful woman. Behind every successful batsman, there is a Wicket-Keeper for obvious reasons. And of course, keepers get the maximum footage in a cricket match. I envy them.Β 

 

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About Chetan

A twenty year old infant who fears if crows may shit on him or if Bengali aunties' umbrellas may prick him in the eye. He is currently waiting for Mamata Banerjee to leave Kolkata.

Posted on May 2, 2012, in Between Twenty-Two Yards, iMay and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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