Let's face it, the best team does not always win in team sports. Certain sports have more of an element of luck involved than others. Rugby must be one of those that most often gets affected by "bounce of the ball". The rugby ball is oval, so what else can one expect. It does add an interesting element to the game, but certainly can often result in a false reflection of the "winner".
Round balled sports certainly have much less incidents of luck related results. But lets focus on cricket, because the statement from Sharma that De Kocks centuries were just "lucky" needs comment.
In cricket a bowler can sometimes be too "good" on a day to get wickets. The guy may be getting amazing swing, or achieve a perfect length, resulting in batsmen not being able to get an edge let alone accidentally. How often do we see a fast bowler beat the bat all day, missing the edge by a millimetre all day long, ending up wicket less. The guy on the other end, bowling rubbish, picks up wickets as the batsmen try to take their frustrations out on the bad bowler - only ending up getting caught on the boundary, or getting a huge edge. The better guy caused the results but the scorecard reflects the bad guy as the hero.
So Quinton de Kock, gets dropped, nearly edges a few. I'd like to ask Sharma, how often does any batsmen get to 100 without a bit of luck? There almost always are a few close missed edges, very often a dropped catch, often a close LBW. I think to even mention he was lucky is a bit of sour grapes. Its nothing unusual to have a bit of luck on your way to a century!! In the careers of many, their highest scores are even false. Often somebody scoring a massive score was actually out before the milestone, but the umpires deemed otherwise. (We've all seen these sorts of replays) Others that may have gone on to make a ton are given out for zero, as in Millers case given out LBW when he actually edged the ball onto his pads.
So come on Sharma, a silly statement I'd say. De Kock was brilliant and deserves to be given credit for it, without any snide remarks. I think Dale needs to tickle your ribs a bit!
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