NASSER HUSSAIN: The outburst of Kagiso Rabada was raw emotion, pure theater and passion … I don't want to see cricket played by 22 robots
- Kagiso Rabada got a hand prohibition to keep him from the fourth test
- The South African pacer celebrated wildly after taking Joe Root's wicket
- Although Rabada already had three demerits the ban feels harsh
- Sport is about passion and emotion and I don't want to see it played by robots
Yes, I know that Kagiso Rabada already had you points left and is a serial offender. He has probably been warned about his behavior time and time again.
And when I sent an e-mail to Shaun Pollock for this series and said: & # 39; Tell me how the oxtail goes & # 39 ;, he replied that the only concern was that he still had his emotions still not under control.
So after being warned of an exaggerated response to Zak Crawley's resignation in Newlands in the second test, it was stupid to celebrate him when he released Joe Root here on the first day.
justified a fourth penalty point
But let's put it in context t and watch the incident itself.
That was 33 degrees Celsius with high humidity in Port Elizabeth and Oxtail bowling at a flat pitch for the English captain after he was refused the new ball. He then produced a jaffa to take root. There was no physical or eye contact and no sledding. And I didn't hear anyone say Thursday that his celebration justified a point of punishment. Nor did I hear anyone from the English camp complain.
If the game has a law that says that a bowler should not invade the batsman's room because it could provoke him, the law is frankly a donkey. And it's easy to sit up straight in an air-conditioned media box and become totally powerful about it.
This was ru we emotion, it was theater and it was passionate. OK, Oxtail may have celebrated a garden farther from Root, but I don't want to see 22 robots on the cricket ground. Emotion makes Oxtail the cricket player he is.
The ICC is in charge of the regulations, but they are also responsible for the protection of the health of Test cricket, a game that we are constantly told is dying. And the final test at the Wanderers will now be a less spectacle for the absence of Oxtail. Again, the game has shot itself in the foot – but only has Oxtail.