An Unknown Indian

Thoughts of a FOSS enthusiast

A tribute to Bob Woolmer

Posted by Balachandran on March 19, 2007

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died in hospital on Sunday soon after he was found unconscious in his hotel room.Woolmer, 58, died within an hour of being rushed to University Hospital in Jamaica.Link

It is really sad that I start my first post in this category with an obituary. And this obituary is to no ordinary person. The early morning news left me stunned. Bob woolmer, former England cricketer, the much loved ex-coach of South Africa and the current Pakistan coach has passed away. It has never been easy for anybody to be the coach of either India or Pakistan, two countries where cricket is a religion, an invisible wand that unites each and every soul. A loss in a ordinary ODI was unacceptable in Pakistan and a back to back world cup league match defeat is something that is unimaginable.

With these issues in mind, Bob woolmer has left the world making us sit still and imagine what he had in his mind in his last moments. Bob woolmer is to be rememberd for a lot of things in cricket. He was the first person to make use of the latest technologies in coachin. The first person to make use of computers in coaching, Woolmer, in his small, beautiful laptop, he had huge databases of player performences and when had shut down his laptop on saturday when the irish captain hit the winnin runs with a six, the lap has been shutdown forever. It was the last time we ever saw him. He has reached an abode where he will no more be tormented by the maillion fans, never been accused of complacency and will be free from all such worldly pressures.

And when Pakistan walks out to take on Zimbabwe later this week, they would be doing so without this great man. To the present pakistan this must have been to much to withstand, that too piled up over their stunning defeat at the hands of Ireland.

The reasons for the death are not yet known, though rumours are out that it may be due to stress or heart attack. We have to wait ot know until the post mortem reports on the greates coach of this era comes out to for this small event-filled world to know what exactly happened to this great man.

My sincere paryers to the great God for his soul to rest in peace and his family and friends to have the strength to withstand this totally unexpected tragic news…

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