Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors
September 16, 2009 by Dileep
As the world’s leading cricket sides head in the direction of the Cape of Good Hope, they could do worse than remember an old African proverb: Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. The history of the game is replete with examples of men who braved the storms to come back even stronger, just as there are cautionary tales of those that sank when confronted by turbulent waves. For every Imran Khan, there’s a Lawrence Rowe, and for every Andrew Symonds and monkey/teri-ma-ki, there’s a Harbhajan Singh.
The Sydney Test of 2008 will long be remembered for the drama on and off the pitch, but in the days to come, people may also chart the drastically different career paths of the main protagonists. At the time, Symonds was the leading all-rounder in the world, a peerless one-day player who had managed to get a grip in the five-day version as well. Harbhajan, in sharp contrast, was the one-time prodigy and destroyer of Steve Waugh’s dream who had fallen on hard times.
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