SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Yes, its an expression that, “small is beautiful” but, “Big attracts more.”
There is a Latin expression, which I must have quoted a zillion times: “Obscurus fio” it means, “when I am struggling to be brief, I become unintelligible.” Hence expressing your views on twitter in that small window of 140 characters is next to impossible for me. Therefore, I am back to the blog to elaborate my point.
Expressing your feelings is not restricted in the form of writing alone but even in music, if you go back from the 17th to the 19th century, some of the most famous classical music composers forgot if they had ever known the principle called, “small is beautiful.” For example, Joseph Haydn the father of symphony followed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote several symphonies which are long musical composition for orchestra, usually in several movements and not only him but Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn et all followed the same pattern.
Shahid Afridi’s symphonies are short and brief and when he is on song, he is a treat to watch, it is like a “simple harmonic motion.”
A motion that is neither driven nor damped, it simply oscillates. The motion is periodic and repetitive without any standard intervals in a specific manner which goes on Boom-Boom with brute force and there is no damping.
In physics and engineering, “damping” is mathematically modeled as a force with magnitude proportional to that of the velocity of the object but opposite in direction to it. Thus, for a simple mechanical damper, the force F is related to the velocity “V” :
F = -CV
where “C” is the damping coefficient.
Similarly, the letter “F” in aFridi, stands for “Force.”
Most people on this blog know that I support Shahid Afridi. YES I do BUT, not blindly. I do righteously and forthrightly like a ‘straight-shooter.’
As a matter of fact, I am a very good ‘skeet-shooter’ (clay pigeon and trap shooting) and it is one of my favourite sports and I love it. I am fortunate enough to have inherited some of the best guns in the world, NOT a Holland & Holland but, John Rugby’s 28″ double barrel 12 gauge hammer-less shotgun from my father. Plus a Mauser .320 bolt action rifle and a .375 H&H Magnum Belted Rimless Nitro-Express which is a piece of art.
Don’t wanna boast much, but being a narcissist this is enough for me to stir a debate and to get some sarcastic comments from Afridi haters and my foes. I would love to see their envious response and the venomous comments after they have read this blog.
Anyways, I am not going to shoot a partridge, pheasant, a sand grouse, a tiger here, or even a “duck” like Afridi lays too often which is the other side of his madness and that is kinda rejoicing for his haters and saddening his supporters, but today I am here to endorse the truth that Afridi is the Force!
I have been ranting since ages, that there is no player like Afridi in the whole world, especially in the ODI and T20 format. He is not just good playing on the subcontinent tracks, where he definitely has a very good track record. But, in SA and Australia too he has scored with brutal force, hitting monstrous sixes in Perth, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
Often his critics refer him as a flat track bully or a one trick pony! They have said: He is gone, he is finished, he is a spent force, he should not be in the team.
And, his biggest hater Waqar Younus said, “Afridi should not be in the squad.” What a personal grudge Waqar, shame on you.
Time and again Afridi has proved his critics wrong and some of them have to eat their words and “chew the cud” like a humble cow and admit that: “Yes, Afridi is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, he showed us his batting prowess. But, very soon they will forget about this achievement.
When Afridi is on the ground there is a buzz in the stadium, people are on their toes, holding their breath.
He is one of the most charismatic, enigmatic cricketer in the world. His bowling mesmerizes the opponents his 348 wickets in ODI’s speaks for him. His fielding is amazing and has held a few sensational catches, that catch of Styris:
On another occasion his catch of A.B. “Deliver” that is how our Pra Waqqa pronounced his name as A.B. Delivers. I am sure Abraham or AB de Villiers … pronounced as “Dee-vie-li-A” would die of a heart attack if he hear Waqar Younus calling him a “Delivery Boy!
The only reason Afridi’s prominence is obvious now is because, he is not under someone’s shadow or at the mercy of the captain and the coach i.e., they have always played yo-yo with his batting order and team selection. Very often he was rested or dropped without any justification and that hampers anyone’s confidence. But, the tiger when he gets wounded gets more ferocious and comes back with more vengeance. ‘Vengeance is food that’s eaten cold.’
This time he is back in the team with so much pressure from everyone, including the media and I remember reading this: “This is a last chance for Shahid Khan Afridi to prove his worth, or he is dumped forever!”
Wow, this is how a hero is treated in Pakistan. Poor are the nations that do not have heroes, but beggared are those who have forgotten them. Afridi is not only alive but a playing member of the team with lots of cricket remaining under his belt unlike the spent force Misbah who fills in the gap with “a blank.”
Its an insult to Afridi to compare him with a nothing player like Misbah. One cannot even compare him with the little master Tendulkar because, they are in a different class. The way Afridi plays cricket makes him unique in his own way, there never was any player like him, there is no player like him and there will never be any player like him, ever!
IF Tendulkar has records for his consistency in scoring highest runs in ODIs, Afridi has records which are peerless, un-parallel, unmatchable and incomparable to anyone, his two fastest ODI centuries, 37/100 still a world record
His 308 sixes (still going) in ODIs, can never be achieved in the next 50 years, his 348 wickets and 7197 runs in the ODIs makes him the 3rd player in the world to achieve that feat and he is the ‘one and only’ Pakistani to do that, yet we have haters like Waqar Younus.
Unfortunately, there are so many Pakistanis who hate him from the bottom of their heart for no ‘bloody’ reason. Jealousy is at its best and we see this among our own people, because ‘we are like this only’.
Suddenly after this fantastic innings of Shahid Afridi in the 3rd ODI, his 88 in 48 balls with 7 Monstrous sixes and 5 fours at a strike rate of 183.33 has made the same senile media go ga-ga over his Boom-Boom batting prowess and now they are suggesting the coach and captain to promote his batting order.
Just leave the guy alone, let him play his natural game, he is a living legend and people must learn to respect their legends.
I am waiting to see the reactions of my fans! My fans from my hate club. 🙂
Ps The best time for planning a blog is: When I am cooking something very special i.e., because I enjoy cooking, the aroma of the spices and the sizzling of the cuisine creates new brain cells and I come up with new ideas hahaha… oui c’est vraiment.