Brought up on a heavy diet of sport at home ( largely thanks to the parents who never asked me not to follow sport ), I measured my initial years of my life marking with the events in sport.
World Cup Cricket victory ( when I was too young to realize the importance ), Ravi Shastri's Audi winning moments, Becker's glory days in Wimbeldon, Maradona's Hand Of God Goal, P T Usha's near miss in LA Olympics, Anand's meteroic rise to being the first Grand Master at the game that was originated in India.
|Acrobatic Becker who thrilled us in 80s and 90s|
|Fab Five in an illustration|
Now, expanding the view of sport a little wide and talking about a few champions that seem to be fast fading..When some one wins every single day against any opposition, the game loses the aura of being full of uncertainities. Having said that, the game does get great champions all the time.
Australian Cricket team used to be the World Number 1 by a LONG distance for quite a while before an Arrogant Bengali decided to give it back to them with a team that believed in itself. Still, the force with which the Aussies are going down now makes us wonder ( 7th straight loss compared to 18 straight wins at one time) if they are a Blue Stock Company's stock that is suddenly without buyers. Sri Lanka became the first Asian team to beat Aussies in their backyard in a few decades. Unless the "Phoenix" Act happens and happens fast, this team will go down very soon.
|World Cup Winning Squad of Aussies|
Tiger Woods has been a champion and won loads of Masters and did so at an age when people still try to be playing with a handicap of 20. He had it all covered as far as sport is concerned. But the personal events in his life made him lose his focus and now he is trying to be back - but he did lose his invincibility.
|Woods in his Happy Winning Days|
Federer is another glorious champion who ruled over all courts and all rivals for a number of years. He still has the maximum Grand Slams and might still retire as the Greatest ever with the largest collection of 'slams.
He has gone without a title for the first time this year till October ! It surely is unthinkable for a man of his ability, did he suddenly lose his great skills ? NO - it is just that folks on the opposite court now think he is beatable. That is making them compete with him and actually win matches against him.
|Federer with one of his 14th Grand Slams|
The sport is a great leveler and so is life, no one can stay at top forever. The passing of baton happens to the next generation and unless the transition is smooth, there will be a few loose ends till the new kids on the block learn to crawl, walk and then run !
Only the time would tell us if the folks we briefly talked about would make a dramatic comeback...for the sports lovers' sake, let's hope so !