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  • Narendra 6:49 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CWC2011, , , Midas, One Day International, , Sri Lankan   

    This Day…Last Year 

    About this time 6:14pm exactly an year ago, Team India was all set for a tricky chase of 274 against Sri Lanka, stage was CWC 2011 and the World Cup was at stake. Few hours ago on the same afternoon, Sri Lanka won the toss an elected to set a target, this was SL’s second consecutive CWC final appearance and they looked desperate to take home the Cup.

    Like all Indian Cricket fansI  was full of smiles when SL made a slow start and lost both their openers early. However, the joy was cut short as Sri Lankan batting legends Sangakara and Jayawardena took center stage and played  responsibly to steady their team, runs kept flowing, odd wickets fell and the last Ten overs went for plenty as Jayawardena brought up an excellent ODI hundred. Sri Lankan fans  went delirious as the last ball of the innings went flying over the square leg boundary, my heart rankled. Is this going to end the 2003 way? Are we going to throw away one more brilliant opportunity to win the Cup? were one of the many demons which cropped up in my head ( I guess most fans would have felt the same ).

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cric...

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cricket World Cup 2011 (Photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano)

    Indian Innings started and less than 20 minutes into it, SL was on top, Both Sachin and Viru fell cheaply, my fears were coming true. But, thankfully the team of 2011 was far different from the team of 1996 & 2003. Gambhir in good company of Virat steadied the ship. By the time Virat fell India had gone past the 100 mark and we looked very much in command. And then something happened, something none had expected, Dhoni India’s least successful Batsmen in the WC walked ahead of the most successful player of the WC – Yuvraj. But, during that phase Dhoni was the man with ‘Midas touch’ whatever he did turned into gold. His promotion ahead of Yuraj set stone to one of the finest ODI innings in a CWC final. Gambhir after a patient knock went back attempting a maniacal shot However, by then the target was pretty close.

    Yuraj walked in and we all knew nothing can go wrong, from that point onwards every stroke confirmed India’s supremacy in the ODI format, Dhoni’s finished the game in his trademark manner, the moment the ball hit his bat we knew where it was going. India had won the CWC after 28 years and that by far is the biggest sporting tournament India had won in its History.

    Truly a great day for sports in India simply because it brought great joy for people of India and sport took center stage. It meant many a kids in future will take to sports ( not just Cricket ) because they now have started to believe we can win at the Biggest stage and this day, last year sealed the deal for us.

    • sufia 7:01 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      chirko jale pe namak 🙂

      seriously tho, the CWC is also memorable for a sad reason. it was not long after this that star yuvraj singh was diagnosed with cancer, and i dont think he was able to play major cricket after that much.

    • Narendra 8:38 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hahahahhaa..jale pe namak…3 more years to go 🙂

      Oh Yes, Yuraj was struck by tragedy..Guess you must have read reports…He was ill during the world cup but he continued to play..he made a big difference in almost all the games 😀

  • Narendra 10:14 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kapil Dev, , One Day International, , ,   

    Is this the beginning of the end for Mahendra Singh Dhoni? 

    When India won the WC in 1983, everyone went ga-ga over the then captain Kapil Dev, however little do people remember, he was fired from captaincy in less than a year times. India was marauded by the West Indies and Kapil was abruptly terminated from the top job.

    Fast forward to 2011, India’ s favorite son M S Dhoni helped India lift the WC after 28 years and months later he’s faced with the biggest crisis of his captaincy career, he has lost his first Test series as a captain, India has be dethroned from the No.1 slot, most of his team mates are out with injuries and a set of legends are on the verge of retirement. M S Dhoni is staring down the barrel.

    However, one has to remember a captain is as good as his team. Prime example is Ricky Ponting, he was a nothing captain once his top men retired. Moreover, in this particular series batsmen has collectively failed and that doesn’t help the cause. No captain can do anything if 4 of his top 5 batsmen aren’t scoring runs.

    Just drifting a little from the main subject, there’s needless talk about IPL, CL and ODI overkill. Just by loosing one serious entire system doesn’t fail. And few nuts have to realize that we were No.1 in Tests for more than an year, plus we won the WC. Public just needs to take a chill pill and accept the fact that Cricket is a sport and there will be times when the team will be miserable.

    Going back to MSD, he’s by the far the best captain India ever had simply because he successfully utilized the potential of many bits n pieces players. Unlike Saurav, MSD has a team of ageing superstars ( who are still the best in the business ) and a mix of unpredictable young talent. Winning and winning continuously has been his hallmark and it’s ridiculous for people to compare him with Dada. What Dada did for team India is sacrosanct, so stop the foolish comparisons.

    Running down MSD is inappropriate, if people are talking about respecting Rahul Dravid for his contribution, don’t you think MSD deserves the same, this guy won you the World Cup.

    Few Cricketing experts have written about his field placings and resource utilization skills. Well, if Steve waugh had taken off 1 slip and placed him in the mid wicket boundary, he would have conquered the final frontier. But, he didn’t because he believed Laxman or Dravid would nick one to the slips whereas they looted scores of runs through the mid wicket. So, there’s no point freaking out on MSD’s field placements.

    Criticism has gone to nonsensical levels, mostly it is unintelligent and plain stupid. Personally, I do not believe it is the end of the road for MSD, he will bounce back. I share Sachin’s sentiment – He’s the best Captain India ever had. Remember Cricket’s favorite One liner ‘ Form is temporary, Class is permanent‘. MSD shall rise again.

    • sufia 10:26 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      public opinion is fickle….and considering MSD was the only one who seemed to care abt making an effort and salvaging some pride for india, criticism is VERY unfair. hes a human being, not god…and he isnt infallible. this was the first test series hes lost as captain, he really deserves some slack.

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