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  • Narendra 6:00 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    We are the Champions 

    India are the champions of ICC Cricket World Cup, 2011

    History was so much against India at the beginning of the chase. No nation which had hosted the  final had ever won, all the centuries made in a world cup final came from the winning team, every time Jayawardene scored a 100, Sri Lanka won, no team had chased 250+ runs to win a WC, add to that minimum of three nations – Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan were praying for a Lankan win but then this was India’ time, it’s not just the people even gods wanted us to win. This script was written for India, we were destined for glory.

    Eight weeks ago when I made my first Vlog, I said, “it’s all about batting for team India “. It was bang on target. And, not to forget my mom, she predicted the victor several weeks ago based on zero cricketing knowledge but she got it 100% right 😀

    Going back to match, it started off on a slightly controversial note, toss came under the scanner. Sri Lanka eventually won the toss and elected to bat. At that point I felt the match was 70-30 in Lanka’s favour. However, after first 15 overs game Indian bowlers pulled back the Lankan advantage. Zaheer bowled an unbelievable first spell, runs were hard to come and Tharanga was gone.

    Sri Lanka were expected to bounce back, they did. Thanks to some inconsistent bowling by Sreesanth [ pleasantly surprised to see him play the finals ] and Jaya & Sanga’s guile, Lanka slowly and steadily clawed back. Run rate steadily moved up. India did strike at vital junctures, removing Sanga and Samaraweera but failed to get past Jayawardena, he was playing a typical death-by-cut innings. His delicates shots and placements were slicing India’s hope of restricting Lanka for a below par score. Indian bowlers were clearly short of ideas eventually Jaya, along with the lower middle order hammered the Indian bowlers during the batting powerplay to take their team to fantastic 274. In that process Jayawardene scored a brilliant 100, denting India’s chances big time.

    During the break, my good friend Arvinth had called. I said the same thing as in my Vlog. It’s all about batting, Team India has always boasted of having the best batting line-up, here’s their chance to prove themselves right. However, I felt India had a mere 40% chance of making it.

    When Sehwag and Sachin were trapped early, I felt our chances dipped to 20%. But, Sangakara took it little easy and brought in part time bowlers and allowed the Indian batsmen to consolidate. At 100 for 2, game was back to 50-50. But, soon Virat fell and in walked Dhoni to everyone’s surprise. It made me anxious because he wasn’t in good form and another wicket at that stage of the game would have jeopardized India’s chances. Sangakara made the right moves, he had a slip in place for a long time, he pursued with slip but none of his bowlers were in good rhythm. Murali was struggling, his deliveries were hardly turning. Randhiv was playing for fun, Malinga for some strange reason looked nervous, he didn’t bowl a single yorker. With the bowlers hardly troubling Dhoni and Gambhir, both batsmen gathered runs at will. Required run rate was always under control, it looked like the entire match was on auto pilot mode. However, Gambhir’s sudden rage cost him his wicket, he was out on 97, India needed 50 odd runs to win. Yuraj who was on a high after a series of match winning performances partnered Captain Dhoni to dismantle the Lankan attack, no more twists, no drama, no hiccups. A trademark Dhoni six set of wild celebrations across the nation. At the end India had out classed Lanka with ridiculous ease, they were hardly a threat to India’s strong batting line-up.

    The joy and happiness is hard for me to capture in words, that’s the very reason I didn’t know what to write, I still don’t know how to express myself. Big Thanks to Team India for giving us this day, a day which will forever remain in our memories. Thank you, Team India.

     

     

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    • sufia 6:05 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      the poor tota got killed for no reason 🙂

    • sufia 6:07 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      tell us sth…why was australia praying for SL?

      • Narendra 6:29 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Come on, girl..Didn’t we beat Oz and end their decade of world cup supremacy…don’t you think that’s a big enough reason to support any team against India. I’m sure they supported Pakistan during the semi’s..

        P.S: Dear, Parrot, RIP

        • sufia 6:38 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          i dont think so 😛 they dont wish anyone well, esp not us brownies 😀 them racist pricks.

          • sufia 6:56 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            and they wouldnt have supported paki either..rem we beat them first?

            • Narendra 7:43 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Awwwwhhhhh!!! Ok, leave Australia. Only 2 nations prayed against us – SL n Pakistan 😀 but kya karein god had already scripted this win for us.

              God creates certain days for individuals and their teams, and apparently April 02, 2011 was alloted for India 😀

    • Sheryll 8:16 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      woohoo! Team India!

      • Narendra 8:34 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Thanks for sharing the enthusiasm 🙂

    • Single Malt Monkey 1:51 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy the Glory !!

    • Jackie Paulson 1966 5:31 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on Celebrating it is worth it.

    • The Hook 12:19 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats!

  • Narendra 9:19 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally, Finals 

    Finally, after 6 weeks of high octane cricketing action, it all comes down to tomorrow’s final. India takes on Sri Lanka for the Silverware and more importantly a place in World Cup history.

    For Sri Lanka, who were the runner-up of the last edition, this game will be their 2nd consecutive shot at glory. Losing Mathews will be a huge setback for them as he’s a brilliant all-rounder and someone who is seen as the next big thing. However, likes of Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga will look to step it up. Bowling will be a worry for Sri Lanka simply because Muralitharan doesn’t seem to be 100% and rest of their spinners haven’t had too much success against India over the last 15 months. So, there will be lot of pressure on Malinga to deliver, a bad outing might spell doom for Sri Lanka. But, having seen Sri Lankan Cricketers over the years, I’m sure they will put in their best performance.

    Strengths: Opening Batsmen, Malinga

    Weakness: Fragile middle order

    India on the other hand looks decent but, they haven’t improved much over the tournament. Batting collapses, Bowling woes and marginal fielding luckily hasn’t hampered the teams progress, this can be largely attributed to the fact that other teams weren’t doing well, it isn’t India which has raised its standards. Tomorrow, as always a lot will depend on Sachin’s innings, he’s our best batsmen, naturally he needs to come good. India will miss the services of Ashish Nehra which means Ashwin will get to play or Yusuf Pathan might be drafted into the side to reinforce the batting. Whoever plays, it will add some variety to our bowling line up. Team India will have to put in much more than 100% to go past the line, this will be a huge test. Hope for the best.

    Strengths: Sachin, Yuvraj

    Weakness: Batting flip-flops, Bowling

    Mumbai pitch has historically been a slow turner, I won’t be surprised to see the team winning the toss opting to bat first. Any score of 250 and above should be good enough to push for a win. For the team chasing, they would need much more than talent, skill and luck to get there. I strongly believe which ever team bowls well will claim the cup. Also, I feel this won’t be a one sided final as we had in the last three editions. This one could well go down to the wire because none of the teams are playing like gods, it’s all even. Looking forward to the finals, I guess I would have a sleepless night but the unrest is worth it.

     

     

     
    • sufia 11:03 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      im with SL..sorry mate. i was rooting for india against aussie. i cant support u against SL. they supported us, its our turn.

      also left to see if the country that hosts the final is finally able to lift the world cup 🙂

      • sufia 11:04 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        but honestly?? arent u guys FED up of india/SL matches??? im fed up and i dont follow them half as much as u prob do.

        • Narendra 11:18 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Oh yes…Ind-SL have played like 25-30 games over last 2 yrs…most of us touch irritated about tht..coz post the final…there will be plenty to bi-lateral series coming up…guess in next 4 yrs..we both nations might play countless matches..n SL will become integral part of IPL as well..it’s like a long term pact now..fans will be harassed 😀

          By tomorrow same time, we will have a new world champion..looking forward to the match.

          • sufia 11:32 pm on April 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            i feel for u really do.

            • sufia 1:13 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              u didnt write abt the finals, so im leaving a comment here: congratulations. i was supporting SL, but ultimately the better team won. congratulations again.

              • Narendra 6:03 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                yyyaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! yaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!
                Thank you, girl..eventually I wrote something..but trust me it’s extremely hard to capture this emotion..me delighted ^^

    • Dharun 1:59 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You can apply for a cricinfo editor… Thats a good preview..

      • Narendra 12:08 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hehheheehe…Thank you, Dharun. LEt the current one keep his job. I’m happy writing my brainless posts.

    • Blockader 4:42 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations India, Congratulations!

      • Narendra 6:02 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Brad. Wonderful to see your comment, trust you enjoying your break. Looking forward to posts.

  • Narendra 12:24 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    India dethrones Australia 

    Today was a historic day in world Cricket, Australia’s domination over Cricket has finally ended after 12 years. And, it was India who thumped the Australians in an electrifying contest. It can’t get better than this for Indian team and fans, this was an extremely important game for us simply because this takes us one step close to eternal glory. Over the last 2 years Australia has steadily lost its magnanimous Aura and were slowly fading away, todays knock out punch confirms the demise of one of greatest teams in world cricket. Also, it brings a possible end to two of the greatest cricketers of all time – Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee.

    Ricky produced one of his most docile centuries, it was something he struggled to earn. His team mates were hardly doing anything special with the bat, it was left to the great man to play his heart out, he did but it wasn’t his day. And end of the day, this was his last innings at a world stage and I dare say this could be the end of the road of his ODI career.

    Lee on the other hand left with a bleeding eyebrow I’m sure that would hurt him all through his life time. He along with McGrath and Warne took Aussie to the No.1 position and today he saw was at the other end of the spectrum. He bowling was ineffective, in fact it was in his over that the game swung towards India. Lethal Lee is famished, he’s clearly past his prime. The final boundary of his ball decimated the mercurial bowler. Sun has set for Lee.

    Back to the victors, India. We almost messed it up with 75+ runs required and the last specialist pair on strike, it seemed we were doomed. But, Yuvraj who infact isn’t batting at his full prowess along with Raina pulled of a fantastic chase with ridiculous ease, plundering Lee and Tait effortlessly. India deserved to win this game not because Australia were playing badly, moreso because India has the side to beat the world champions.

    The win not only takes India to semis it  also sets up mother of all games, India v/s Pakistan. However, for now, Indian fans will rejoice this historic victory. I like millions of other fans is in total awe of this sport, Hats off to Cricket.

     
    • sufia 1:00 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      australia GOES HOME…*WHISTLES* u shoulda seen the LOOK on punters face. bwahahaha.

    • Arvinth 1:32 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yyyyyaaaaayyyy!!! we won…. 😀 but not before making heavy weather of the chase.. we have a weeks time where we will rejoice and every tom dick and harry will have a few wrds to say in print or visual media.. Curious to know what the chapell bros have to say abt australian defeat 😉

      • Narendra 7:27 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hhehheehee…watch out for Chapell brothers brainless analysis…should be out soon 😛

    • Single Malt Monkey 1:24 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great match. The run-out scares were a bit worrying. Total confusion between the wickets could have been a disaster. Yuvraj and Raina were excellent when they settled down. Controlled batting to win with balls and wickets to spare. Well done.

      • Narendra 7:31 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Totally agree, Al…Best of luck for England’s game tomorrow,hope they make it to the next level.

    • Dharun 7:21 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ricky Pointing has been part of 4 world-cup finals and has won three of them… Clive Lloyd has been part of three world cup finals and has won two… India started the great West Indian decline by winning the trophy in 1983, Will the Australian follow suit?

      • Narendra 9:29 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Aren’t they down already…even they ranking low in the ICC list..with Ponting n Lee set to bite the dust..I guess they wud slip further

  • Narendra 9:22 pm on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Here comes the World Cup 

    ICC world cup 2011 is now officially open. I have no words to explain my joy.  Okay,Okay, I got one word, just one word

     

    EXCITED!!!

     

     

     

     
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