For reasons that are lost in the mists of time Fantasy Bob has compounded this rich natural inheritance by attempting to play cricket - a game so rich in opportunities for disappointment that it makes the serious thinker wonder that it must surely be the product of the Scottish reformation. Sitting mortified in the dressing room with your head between your hands, and your tail between your legs it is unconvincing to think that the cause of your disappointment could have been devised in the idyllic pastoral setting of the Hampshire Downs. Surely a windswept moor in Lanarkshire is more consistent with the mental and spiritual torture that you are enduring.
It goes without saying that FB has faced most of the forms of disappointment that this cruel game can devise. His ineptitude, his misfortune, his lack of preparedness, his clumsiness, in short his general hopelessness is exposed at some point in most matches. So inured is he by this long experience that he no longer regards these humiliations as cause for disappointment. Indeed he is disappointed if nothing disappoints him. This is the Scottish way of looking at things.
But even FB has not experienced the 2 contrasting forms of disappointment on display at Edgbaston yesterday.
|A disappointed Cook|
Virander Sehwag is disappointed even beyond his back teeth. He achieved the monumental feat of a King Pair. 2 balls faced - 2 times out. So much for the man who was going to be the saviour of the Indian batting line up - he looked as unprepared as the rest of his team mates. There was some disappointment all around the ground, for the crowd would truly love to have seen Sehwag at his best - a contrast in batting styles to Cook which could have brightened a grey day. It was not to be. Disappointing.
|A disappointed Sehwag.|
But the most fantastic King Pair was many years ago. Playing for South Africa against Australia at Old Trafford in 1912 (there was a triangular tournament that year), Tommy Ward was dismissed first ball in each innings by leggie Jimmy Matthews. He gave Matthews a hat-trick in each innings. This was Ward's debut Test. Just as well he was South African (although born in Rawalpindi) for that's more disappointment than even a Scottish person could stand.
But as Martin Luther King said, 'We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.'
After all, there's always the next innings.