How is all that speed induced?

 
"Human reason, in one sphere of its cognition, is called upon to consider questions, which it cannot decline, as they are presented by its own nature, but which it cannot answer, as they transcend every faculty of human reason."

This statement by Immanuel Kant is still debated between those who think they know everything and those who think they know nothing. Socrates thought he knew nothing. Those who thought they knew everything sentenced him to death. This is one of the dangers of knowing nothing, especially remaining naive about the dark side of human nature. Why would something so commonly felt as envy be a sin if not for the dire consequences of its actual enacting?

Cricket pundits are puzzled how Jasprit Bumrah manages to generate speed from such a short run-up. Since Bumrah's eccentric bowling action defies every technical canon of fast bowling, this may be a case where a question comes up for which there are no rational answers, perhaps proving that Kant is right:

"It falls into this difficulty without any fault of its own. It begins with principles, which cannot be dispensed with in the field of experience, and the truth and sufficiency of which are, at the same time, insured by experience."

Fortunately, in cricket, being a sport, results count more than orthodoxy and in any case the quality of the delivery is judged by what the ball does as it nears the batsman and at that specific point, Bumrah's delivery just happens to curl and bend like the head of a serpent. So in the field of this particular experience, principles seem to matter little in the microcosm of that instant. The truth is that the eye is deceived, the bat snicks the ball and the ball is caught. Will the batsman walk?

Kant laments the fall from grace of Metaphysics. The very clue, to how our capacity to understand things might have a form, has been trashed: 1789.

"Time was when she was the queen of all the sciences; and, if we take the will for the deed, she certainly deserves, so far as regards the high importance of her object-matter, this title of honour. Now, it is the fashion of time to heap contempt and scorn upon her; and the matron mourns, forlorn and forsaken, like Hecuba:

Modo maxima rerum
Tot generis, natique potens
Nunc trahor exul, inops

[Only the important of things
All kinds, born powerful
Now I drift as an outlaw, helpless]
                                                             OVID, Metamorphoses"

As a remedy Kant proposes a synthesis of 'a priori' and 'a posteriori' knowledge, that is, an assimilation in the mind of innate and empirical understandings in arriving at what he would aspire to as 'transcendental knowledge'.

Not only Jasprit Bumrah but the colourful qualities of Indian cricket in general pose a lot of pertinent questions. Some of this transcendental knowledge may help in finding the answers.

 

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