I must start by saying that I have never been a great fan or admirer of cricket before. The world cup 2011 changed that. The preliminary rounds with stirring performances by Ireland, Bangladesh and some other teams made me look at cricket with a new eye and interest. And then I was sucked in. I started watching all the matches, glued to my lappy and being sleep deprived. I got scoldings from my family. But, it was too late. I have fallen in love with cricket and loved watching all the games. And, I know things would never be the same again from now. I can now feel the deep passion of a cricket lover. I can snarl and fight with anybody over cricket. Infact, I ended up snarling at a few people on twitter.
I have always been rejecting the immense hold of cricket over me and also demeaning it.But now I can’t. This blog post is my tribute to a game which is changing me, irrespective of who plays it. I dont have much technical knowledge of cricket but I do hope that my readers would bear with me for this. I should improve in time Today’s post will be naturally be about SATURDAY
April 2 2011 will go down in history as the day when the indian team achieved the ultimate in one day cricket, the world cup, for the second time after a gap of nearly 27 years. It has been a long, tremendous and thrilling journey during the last 30 days. A fantastic and unbelievable journey. But what made the biggest impression on me was the courage, confidence and team spirit shown by the players through out the entire journey.
Yes, there were up and downs. Like for example the nail biting and thrilling tie with England. Then the disappointing loss to South Africa. It was a match which could have been won. Then the victory over WI. Then it came down to permutations and combinations of which teams would win or lose to ensure that our team would go through.
At this point, it was still an open thing in my mind as to the chances of our team winning. we knew they were putting in plenty of effort and it was already very clear that bowlers would play a critical role in determining how the match would go.
The last three matches, the quarters and semis proved to be thrillers and nail biters. till the end it was hard fought and played well by both sides. I was really happy and proud to see them able to play with the enormous pressure of expectations on them.
The last two matches have increased my appreciation and respect for this young team led by MS Dhoni. We may not always agree with his decisions but I believe as a captain , he is a true leader, fearless and confidence in himself and has strength to cope with the enormous expectations and criticisms which is bound to accompany him. what i admire most about him is his downearth attitude and humility which covers the underlying aggression and determination. In accordance with this, his relegating himself to the background on the field during the celebrations and allowing the others to take front position, really impressed me.
The other person who I admire and who deserves all the love, adulation and respect he receives from the country is GOD, himself SRT. A great man with a great soul. Always humble inspite of his greatness. I cant imagine the Indian team without Sachin the great. I do hope and pray he will continue playing and inspiring the younger ones.
What has been one of the most satisfying feature is the resurgence of Yuvraj Singh . Shere-e punjab has delighted all and sundry with his return to form and has laid his detractors to rest.
One man who keeps impressing me is Gambhir. I have no words to describe his brave 97 in the final.At a time when India was tottering and countrymen were shattered and losing hope, Gambhir proved his mettle and his toughness.what an innings!! Adverse times proves one’s strength and both Gambhir and Dhoni have laid beyond all doubts that they can thrive in a pressure cooker situation.
At the end of the day, a team game requires team effort and it is a team which functions and coordinates fully as a team which wins. My salute and love for the Indian team.
what lies ahead is a bright future for India and her cricket team with a bunch of motivated and sharp youngsters (Raina, Kohli, ashwin et al) and the pride of India, MSDhoni as the leader. Wishing them the best.
They should be an inspiration for the future generations to come.