“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt
Though India lost to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy match final of 2017, the players are not exempted from the taunts of their fans and are at the receiving end of the scathing comments on their poor play. A player like Jasprit Bumrah has become “Butt of Jokes” before the nation. Later this month, Rajasthan Government brought out a poster in public interest to spread awareness on the importance of traffic safety. Everything was fine with the poster except for the sarcasm depicted in poster on the no- bowling action of Bumrah against Pakistan with the caption: “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly”.
The billboard has an image of Bumrah’s no- ball in the final of the Champions Trophy to warn drivers to stay behind the line at the red light. Though the police later apologized for hurting the sentiment of the cricketer and removed the posters.
Let’s look at some of the blunders made by sportspeople which have ruined their career:
1. The Korean “The lord of the ring” – Ahn Jung-Hwan
The South Korean footballer known for spoiling the world cup football winning streak of Italian team in 2002 when he scored the winning goal against Italy in the second round to sent South Korea through the quarter-finals. At that time, Ahn was playing for Perugia, an Italian club competing in Series A (Italian Football League). After suffering the humiliating defeat by the Koreans, the Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci cancelled the contract of Ahn with Perugia. There was a huge protest against his decision and consequently, he decided to take back Ahn offering a permanent role. However, the Korean “Lord of the ring” (who earned the nickname for kissing his wedding ring after scoring goal) refused the offer.
2. Ayrton Senna Da Silva
Known as Ayrton Senna was the three times world champion of Formula One racing and considered to be the best driver of his generation. He died in an accident while leading the Williams in 1994 San Marino Grand Prix . However his death was a ‘blessing in disguise’ for other racers as it compelled the governing body of Formula One racing to improve the safety standards.
3. Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is a former captain of English football national team who once played for Liverpool FC in English Premier League. In the EPL season of 2013–14, in the first half of the match between Liverpool and Chelsea, when ball was passed to Gerrad, playing as a quarterback, he was not able to control it and slipped and gave chance to Chelsea`s striker Demba Ba to score a goal against Liverpool. Finally, Liverpool lost 2-0 to Chelsea. Some football expert said that the Gerrad`s slip costed them the EPL title for that season.
This slip was too costly for Gerrad as jokes and taunts were poured out on him…… I think more than what Bumrah has ever suffered with.
4. Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson, a Canadian sprinter clocked 9.79 seconds in 100 metres final during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, but his record was not allowed to stand as a result of his disqualification for drug abuse. He was stripped of his Gold medal for being tested positive of consuming Stanozolol, a banned drug from use in sports competition. Consequently, Carl Lewis who timed at 9.78 seconds was given the Gold medal as the fastest-ever 100 metres runner at Indianapolis on 16th of July 1988.
5. Andreas Escobar
Escobar was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender throughout his life till 1994. Unfortunately, he couldn`t defend himself from the brunt of deranged fans. His blunder was that he mistakenly scored own goal in a match against United States in FIFA world cup of 1994 which US finally won as 2-1. After Colombia got eliminated from the world cup, Escobar returned back home and five days later, outside a night club, he was shot dead by a group of men widely considered as punishment for the loss in the World cup.
Escobar gave the following statement to a newspaper after Colombia`s exit from the world cup:
“Life doesn’t end here. We have to go on. Life cannot end here. No matter how difficult, we must stand back up. We only have two options: either allows anger to paralyze us and the violence continues, or we overcome and try our best to help others. It’s our choice. Let us please maintain respect. My warmest regards to everyone. It’s been a most amazing and rare experience. We’ll see each other again soon because life does not end here.”