If I told you that a piece of leather hitting a hat was a profoundly traumatic event for me, then you would probably laugh under your breath and hope that I was getting professional help. You would be thinking, “Who could possibly get traumatised by a piece of leather hitting a hat?” And yet, I was, and it is entirely a matter of perspective.
I watched every minute of every game that the Black Caps played throughout the entire 2019 Cricket World Cup. And then, in an absolute travesty of an umpiring decision, I watched them lose the final because a piece of leather hit a hat.
Immediately after the game ended, my wife was sad, but she was not crying and unable to speak. I, on the other hand, was so visibly distraught that my kids woke up and wanted to know what had happened. I was completely unable to offer them any kind of explantation except that the rules of cricket clearly stipulate that if the ball (made of leather) hits a helmet (which is a hat), then you shouldn’t lose the World Cup final.