Saturday, September 09, 2006

Who won?...Who cares?

How exciting is it to see a driver drive through his opposition en route to his fifth consecutive world title? A tennis player in his sixth straight Grand Slam final? Or knowing who is going to win his seventh-in-a-row cycle race? Or maybe .. 22 matches unbeaten in a lottery called one day cricket?

Sure, any of these acheivements needs a lot of talent, hard work and dedication.. maybe a bit of luck also thrown in. No doubt, it is what we call perfection. But is sport all about perfection? Or is it about competition?

Every champion needs a challenger to make his mark on the stage. Else what would remain would just be statistics, mere numbers in a record book. Would Sampras have been remembered if not for Agassi? I would say not. Five years from now, no one would remember any of the 16-in-a-row test wins, but I dont think many will forget the 17th game at Calcutta. Federer might win a lot of matches, but it is his games against Nadal that are most eagerly anticipated. Even Schumacher needed Hakkinen and Montoya, just as much as Alonso needs Kimi. It is the final ingredient needed to make a great career into a memorable one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post Praveer...good perspective ..splly for Tennis..Federer seems like he will never b defeated...cut above the rest...

11 September, 2006 16:28  
Blogger mtalpz said...

good post..applicable to eevry walk of they say:
Better to be a pauper amongst kings than a king amongst beggars

12 September, 2006 15:15  
Blogger Praveer said...

@kavin: federer might be unbeaten amongst the rest of the field, but it is against the guy who has beaten him 4 times, that the game is most anticipated.

@mtalpz: it might be good for the ego to be the best in the pack, but it leaves almost no incentive for improvement. rather have a situation where you have to constantly evolve to stay in the hunt

12 September, 2006 17:24  
Blogger mtalpz said...

@praveer: thts wht my comment meant! to be explicit...if u r a pauper amongst kings..u will keep striving to be at the opposed to the other scenario!! duhhhhhh!!!!!!!

13 September, 2006 10:35  
Blogger Praveer said...

@mtalpz: i never disagreed with you. i merely reiterated what you had written.


13 September, 2006 20:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the but confused me :-)

14 September, 2006 12:58  
Blogger Praveer said...

@anon: which 'but' are you talking about? there are 3 of them.

14 September, 2006 20:32  
Blogger SAL said...

well said!
Its needs that person to give u a fight, in order for u to prove ur worth. I would like to add a few more:
Steffi needed Seles, Sachin needed McGrath & Shoib Akhtar, Shane Warne needed Sachin, etc. too to display their flair.

15 September, 2006 16:08  
Blogger Praveer said...

@sal: The list can go on and on. These were just a few examples to illustrate.


16 September, 2006 08:59  

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