Cricket represents all the moral principals that
are good and render good invaluable service through
Cricket can give shape to an individual's character
like no other sports can give. It is proved that if
character is lost everything is lost and therefore
no other recommendation is required because
character is one of the greatest possessions a
country can have through its citizens.
Cricket promotes clean thinking. It teaches
unselfishness. Selfish cricketers are sorted out by
the game itself.
Cricket also encourages self-control. In the olden
ERA cricket was known as "GENTLEMAN'S GAME' AND
sledging of the opponent was unknown. Unfortunately
some cricketers began to indulge in this practice.
This has brought down the image of the game and has
given rise to the phrase "THIS IS NOT CRICKET".
But the image of cricket cannot be tarnished for
long as few legendary players and able
administrators have resented and attempted to
Modern cricket is fiercely competitive and offers
great financial rewards. Decency and fair play are
the key elements. Aggression should be there
without being violent.
Discipline is an integral part of the game. On the
field a player has to obey his captain like a
soldier in the army.
Players must show sportsmanship and grace even in
defeat. The umpire's decision and many other things
have to be accepted gracefully. Initially a
cricketer feels that this is a game of recreation.
Gradually he finds out how tough it is to face a
delivery at 90 mph hurled or to bowl at top class
batsman or to bowl for hours on a placid wicket or
experience the frustration of a dropped chance. For
this entire thing one has to be courageous and
mentally as well as physically fit.
Perseverance and patience pays rich dividends in
cricket. These two values are tested when you are
tired and are asked to bowl or you want to play
your natural game and are asked to hold fort.
Every great cricketer must be modest. "I AM THE
BEST' attitude does not go well in this game as
this game is one of the greatest levelers in the
To play well one has to have quick thinking and
sharp reflexes. There are many instances when you
have to decide and act at the same time.
Cricket unites millions of people. It provides a
common platform for a festive atmosphere and
enjoyment to the spectators.
PRINCE RANJITSINGHJI WROTE:
CRICKET IS A GAME WHICH KEEPS BOY OUT OF MISCHIEF.
IT is a training of youth for a manly life. It
makes lifelong friends. Cricket if played in right
spirit is capable of developing man's finest
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 favor with all."