HomeAnalysisUnique Social Distancing Examples From Cricket In Times of...

Unique Social Distancing Examples From Cricket In Times of Covid-19

- Advertisement -

How often do we hear the term ‘social distancing’ these days? Be it on TV sets, radios, social media or anywhere else, we are told to maintain social distancing to check the spread of novel Coronavirus (covid-19).

The idea of Social distancing requires discipline-discipline from the people to avoid getting closer to each other; Patience- patience to maintain a safe distance from others and stay home during quarantine. But can cricket as well teach us the social distancing? Let’s take a look.

- Advertisement -

Leave Everything Outside off

When a promising batsman goes to a coach, ‘leave everything outside off is one of the first things he is told to do. Pertinently, ‘keep knocking the good-length spot’ is what a budding bowler gets to hear. These are two of the important factors in cricket, especially when it comes to Test cricket.

But are these easy to do? You’re mistaken if you think so. Firstly, playing a Test match is a challenge in itself and then leaving balls outside off is just not as easy as it sounds. Nowadays, a lot of celebrated cricketers often lose their cool when it comes to leaving the balls alone. They would come down the track and hit 140 km/s out of the ground, they would even hit consecutive sixes but not let the ball go untouched. Yes, it’s strange but true.

Virat Kohli’s Failure In 2014 England Tour

Remember India’s tour to England, which is termed as one of the low points of Indian skipper Virat Kohli? Why is it so? No, it’s not that Kohli wasn’t a good batter then. He wasn’t new to international cricket either. But what he hadn’t in him back then was the ability to leave the balls.

Australian media house takes fresh dig at Virat Kohli after ...
Virat Kohli couldn’t leave balls outside off in 2014 England series (Image Credits: financial Express

Most of his dismissals in the series came from outside edges. He would try to go after the balls that were bowled just outside off, hence making his life hard at the crease. This all signifies that he lacked patience, which is a must for each of us during these tough times.

Rahul Dravid: Epitome of Patience

Rahul Dravid turns 45: Instances that made Jammy 'The Wall' of ...
The way Rahul Dravid patiently left balls, is a prime example of Social Distancing from Cricket (Image Credits: catchnews)

Similarly, there are many examples of patience set by former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, commonly known as the Wall. He would never get carried away. Leaving and defending was the mantra to his success. Bowlers kept bending their backs while all Dravid did was push the ball around his the track.

Dravid remained calm throughout his career, be it as a batsman or as captain. Like him, we need to act as the Wall, and be inside the crease to stay away from the deadly Covid-19.

James Anderson’s Consistency In Test cricket

Pertinently, have you ever thought why James Anderson is so successful in the longer-version of the game? Yes, he swings it well. But the secret is his distinctive skill of keeping his line and length tight. He doesn’t get tired of bowling at a single spot. He would keep hitting the good length doesn’t matter how many deliveries the batsman leaves.

James Anderson at it again with career-best figures as England ...
Anderson doesn’t get tired of bowling at a single spot, which needs unimaginable patience. (Image Credits: telegraph.co.uk)

Ultimately, he gets them one to nick. Doing this though needs an unimaginable patience. It’s like eating a similar food daily. But isn’t what we need to do amid this lockdown. When we know going out isn’t an option, can’t we stick to what’s available to protect ourselves and others? If we are still not able to decide on it, we must go and watch Anderson’s bowling videos.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Disciplined 241* At Sydney 

The wagon wheel shows the discipline with which Sachin Tendulkar batted in Sydney in 2004, an example of Social Distancing (Image Credits: Twitter)

Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic knock of 241* runs at Sydney in 2004 is a well-known one in Indian cricket. No, not only because it was played in and against Australia but more importantly, Sachin gave up something he loved the most during this match. In that phase, the master blaster lost his wicket quite a few times while trying to hit his favorite cover-drive.


However, in this match, he decided not to play through the covers, which seemed an unbelievable task. Australian bowlers knew it well, so they kept testing him with half volleys. The Indian great though was unmoved. He showed tremendous patience and elegance, scoring not even a single boundary through covers.

This again reminds us of how leaving something we love becomes important, at times.

Follow us on facebook for more sports news updates

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -