Cricket is not merely a game of eleven individuals.
It also embodies in letter and spirit all the moral
principals that have the potential to shape an
individual's character like no other sports can.
It is a proven fact that if character is lost,
everything is lost.
Cricket promotes clean thinking. It teaches an
individual to be unselfish. Selfish cricketers are
often sorted out by the game itself.
Cricket encourages self-control. Until a couple of
decades back, cricket was known as a centleman's
game and sledging was unknown. However, call it an
over-emphasis on the game or the commercial stakes
involved, cricketers have begun to indulge in this
practice. This has tarnished the fair image of the
game. Put simply, this is just not cricket.
Thankfully, saner counsel prevails. In the fitness
of things, some legendary players and
administrators have rightfully intervened and
attempted to control it.
Modern-day cricket is fiercely competitive and
offers great financial rewards. But not at the cost
of decency and fair play. While aggression is
certainly called for,there should be no place for
Discipline is an integral part of the game. On the
field, a player is dutybound to obey his captain.
Players must show sportsmanship and grace even in
defeat. The umpire's decision, howsoever unfair on
the face of it, should be accepted gracefully.
Initially a cricketer feels that this is a game of
recreation. But then, he soon finds out how tough
it can be to face a delivery thrown at him at 90
mph or to bowl at a top class batsman for hours on
end on a placid wicket or to experience the
frustration of a dropped chance. To be able to face
these challenges, one has to be mentally and
Perseverance and patience pay rich dividends in
cricket. These two values are on test when one is
tired and is asked to bowl or when one wants to
curb his natural game and asked to hold fort.
A great cricketer must be modesty personified. 'I
am the best' attitude does not help in the longer
run. The game is afterall, a great leveller.
To play well, one has to have quick mind and sharp
reflexes. There are instances when one has to
decide and act at the same time.
Cricket has a great binding force. It unites
millions and provides a common platform for
enjoyment to those who watch it.
Prince Ranjitsinghji wrote:
Cricket is a game which keeps a boy
out of mischief.
IT is a training of youth for a manly
life.It makes lifelong friends.
Cricket, if played in the right spirit, is
capable of developing man's
One time Governor of Bombay, Lord Harris wrote:
'You do well to love cricket, for it is freer from
anything sordid, dishonorable than any game in the
world, and to play it cleanly is a moral lesson.
Foster it, my brother, so that it may attract all
and protect it from those who would sully it, so it
may grow in favour with all.'