The CB Series features three finals. This fact led to Mark Taylor saying something almost transcendentally stupid while commentating on the second one.
To be fair to Tubby, it wasn’t his fault that what he said was stupid, because it actually made sense. It’s the fact that this phrase can even exist that’s so profoundly moronic.
Taylor said that today’s match was “a must-win final” for Sri Lanka.
That phrase pretty much sums up all that’s wrong with modern cricket. We’re actually faintly impressed with how comprehensively it covers everything in so few words.
There should be no such thing as ‘a must-win final’. All finals should be ‘must-win’ – it simply shouldn’t need stating. The implication that some finals aren’t ‘must-win’ rather undermines the finality from which they take their name.
If you play best of three matches against another nation, you are not playing finals. What you are playing is “a one-day international series”.
Even the World Cup isn’t so important it warrants more than one final.