The nature of spectator involvement is also probably the same.
Violence, however, in the modern context is the result of the solid perversion of the desire to win.
The famous cricketer, Dennis Lilees’ remark —”I want to see blood splattered on the pitch”—is an example of the manifestation of a violent spirit that will accept no defeat.
For most players today, sportsmanship has secondary importance.
Most players regard themselves as countries personified and the playground as a “Kurukshetra” where the esteem and honour of their motherland has to be kept high.
However, if the patriotic sentiments of the players move towards their extreme, the game becomes a little less than a war between the two nations.In order to attain hitherto unattained standards of excellence, the players sometimes resort to ungentlemanly, though not always unlawful behaviour.The nobility of a game has been lost, as victory is all that matters and participation in an event is not enough. They facilitate the coming together of people from various parts of the country, at a national level, and various parts of the world, at the international level.Sports make people cross cultural barriers and speak a language that is understood by all.A supportive home crowd can actually inspire and elevate the players to victory.Leander Paes’s performance in Davis cup and India’s success over Pakistan in the quarter-finals of Wills World cup at Bangalore would testify to this fact. Volatile crowds can make the otherwise indefatigable champions lose simply because they could not perform their best in hostile conditions.Goran Ivanisevic, the Croatian tennis player, described the passionate crowds’ flag- waving as—”It was like playing in a zoo.They were screaming for everything.”Nationalism in sports is nothing new.Killer instinct is, no doubt, a prerequisite to victory but this instinct has unfortunately become negative, intolerant, unthinking and destructive.A bowler whose delivery is intended to hurt the batsman certainly embodies the negative killer instinct.