Can gravity, an invisible force, be defied? How can it possibly be challenged? A rare of the rarest occasion it can be by human action as was viewed in case of Nicholas Pooran. If we wish to ponder over it with our average or extraordinary brain, it looks to be taken as a direct conflict with the natural potential?
We go through science books which endorse that our great mathematician Aryabhatta knew about the natural power of gravity, but he, unfortunately, did not touch the topic. It was Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) whose mind grasped the law of gravity only after sighting a falling apple from the tree a millennium later. Had he not invented the hidden theory, the posterity would not have been learning of the law of gravity up to this present time. So, the credit of stirring up the world about the nature induced force goes to absolutely another mathematician Isaac Newton.
In recent days, one 24-year-old cricketer from West Indies, Nicholas Pooran, playing for Kings XI Punjab in the 8th over of the match against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah was seen leaping a full length over the rope at the wide long-on position in the field and managed to hold a very unusual sensational catch. He ably outstretched his flexible body to bring back the ball into the boundary line and collected the ball into his left hand before landing back to the ground.
He, thus, mesmerised the world by his unusual gravity-defying or physics-defying accomplishment. He soon received a mass of plaudits and laurels by so many prominent cricketers. The six was reduced to merely two runs by his extraordinary attempt.
Cricket once again proved to be a game of uncertainty. Most often, we find unbelievable performances during the play, which afterwards becomes a fascinating record in the name of the particular player. Either the frank commentators or the ever-present media make a direct reference of the previous efforts with in-depth analysis. Indeed Pooran earned laurels, but how could it be defying natural theory that remains intact since its origin? Man can fight and find a way but not win over, as some observe.