Even while remaining a simple game of bat and ball, cricket has evolved greatly over the years. Along with changing cricketing trends, various other facets of the game too have undergone a massive transformation.
There was a time when victory celebrations were muted, almost apologetic. There was no clambering over the bowler when a wicket was taken, or mobbing the fielder when a catch was completed. There was no mad scramble for stumps as souvenirs when victory was achieved, no snarling and sledging when the mood so seized the players. And most certainly, there was no mouthing of profanities by the batsman when a milestone was reached.
It's astonishing to hear cricketers talk about enjoying the game, and then see them go out and do the exact opposite. Isn't a century a cause for celebration? Shouldn't one smile and wave the bat at mates in the dressing room and an appreciative audience? Isn't that how enjoyment and fulfilment is expected to manifest itself? Or is that being naïve and simplistic?