In cricket, such mistakes are made by big players. Today we are upset at Arshdeep’s drop catch, but on the last day of the Sydney Test, it was only because of Tim Paine’s 3 drop catch that India could save that match. Then no one complained or downplayed the exploits of the Indian batsmen by saying that India could have lost the match if Penn had not dropped the catches of Pant and Hanuma Vihari.
The catch of Hanuma Vihari was dropped by Penn when only ten overs were left for the match to end. Mitchell Starc was bowling very dangerous with the new ball. If Hanuma Vihari was out at that time, then with the new ball, the strike could have dealt the lower order batsmen in 3 overs. But we applauded a lot on that drop catch and went ahead praising Hanuma Vihari. After this, thanks to Pant’s scintillating innings in the Gabba Test, India defeated Australia by 3 wickets to win that series. And all this happened only because of the drop catch of Tim Paine.
Roberto Baggio is one of Italy’s greatest footballers. But a player like him also missed the biggest opportunity of the biggest match of his life. In the shootout of the 1994 World Cup final against Brazil, Baggio had to hit a penalty kick to level the score. Had he scored, the score would have been tied at 3-3. But he hit the ball too high above the goal post and Italy lost the final of the World Cup. The lapse of that miss penalty still teases Baggio.
Apart from this, how could the most ‘expensive drop catch in cricket history be forgotten. South Africa and Australia were clashing in a Super Six match. To reach the semi-finals, Australia had to win this match at any cost. Batting first, South Africa scored 271 runs in 50 overs. It was a big score on that pitch at Headingley. South Africa also had dangerous bowlers like Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Steve Elworthy and Lance Klusener to defend the score. Australia were in trouble after losing 3 wickets for 48 runs in 12 overs. Somehow Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting were trying to handle the innings.
But then in the 31st over, one of the world’s greatest fielders, Herschelle Gibbs, dropped the catch of Steve Waugh in his hand. It is said that after that drop catch, Steve Waugh went to Gibbs and said, ‘You don’t think you’ve dropped the World Cup!
And that’s what happened after that. Playing an unbeaten innings of 120 runs, Steve Waugh won the match and reached the semi-finals and the same Australia defeated South Africa in the semi-finals to reach the final and then also won the title. And it all happened because of that drop catch by Herschelle Gibbs. Gibbs who is one of the greatest fielders in world cricket after Jonty Rhodes. When those gibbons can make such a mistake, getting caught by Arshdeep Singh is not a crime for which we become enemies of his life.
The society which does not stand by its stars in their bad times has no right to celebrate even in their good times.
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