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  • Narendra 10:14 pm on August 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kapil Dev, , , , Sachin Tendulkar,   

    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.

  • Narendra 2:21 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sachin Tendulkar,   

    Happy Birthday Sachin 

    Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketing legend and India’s favorite sportsperson turns 38 today. With almost all batting records in his kitty he’s by far the most complete batsman of the modern era. I first watched sachin during the 1992 cricket world cup. I vividly remember watching a kid hit the ball hard, really hard.Little did I know that he would go on to be the greatest sporting icon of India. Navjot singh sidhu shared an incident on a prime time sports show which best describes the legend of Sachin Tendulkar.
    He said “I was talking to a group of senior citizens from my village, when an old man asked what I did for a living. I said I play cricket. The old man didn’t know what I was talking about. I explained a bit, as he got better understanding with a sense of eureka the old man gushed “oh sachinwala khel” (oh sachin’s game)”. It seems the old man had never seen cricket and for him Sachin was cricket, that’s what sachin has become a synonym to the sport itself.
    It’s needless to talk about his records and in a way I am not really interested in that. The joy and happiness that he has provided over the last 2 decades is unfathomable. Personally I have always admired his composure and humilty. With life changing dramatically in his teens he could have easily slipped into a world of his own, however sachin always remained sachin. Have you ever heard any paper refer him as “Sir” Sachin or Mr.Tendulkar. For us he’s jus sachin, he’s our god yet he’s one of us. people’s god, One who brought smiles to our faces and lit our boring days with some outstanding cricket.
    He’s one person no parent would twice to ask their kids to idolise, you think you and I would ever ask someone to look upto a Harbhajan, Symnonds or a shoaib Akhtar, yes they are good players but would you want your kid to become like them? I guess this is where scahin is so special, we need icons like him to look upto, someone who’s hardworking, humble and a fierce competitor.
    Everything that could be said about his Cricket has been written about a million times. I have nothing new to add neither am I a Cricket analyst to write about his technique and skill, I’m just a fan of his who is happy and thankful for the entertainment he has provided over the decades.
    Just want to wish him well and hope he will continue to add more smiles to our lives. Happy Birthday Sachin.
     
    • sufia 6:04 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      happy birthday sachin…and may u continue to make and break all sorts of records in the future 🙂

    • Reno 6:35 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birtday……:)

    • Kim 7:03 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Bday 😀

    • Jackie Paulson Author 12:04 am on June 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday and may you be blessed my friend, Narendra Reddy ♥

    • Anonymous 5:55 am on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sachin hit ur 100th century very soon.al the indians are waiting.

  • Narendra 6:00 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gautam Gambhir, , , , Sachin Tendulkar, ,   

    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.

     

     

     
    • 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
    Tags: , , , , Sachin Tendulkar,   

    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 11:43 am on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Sachin Tendulkar, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz   

    India claims “The mother of all games” 

    After all the hype and bold statements, Afridi was finally grounded. He rightly summed it up. ” I think they [India] played better than us “.

    A game which was billed as ” The mother of all games” was surprisingly played in an excellent spirit, no one was out of control, no emotional outbursts, no unparliamentary language,  no overtly aggressive body language. In fact there were lot of pleasant sights, maybe it was the pressure of playing in front of the two Prime Ministers, I really appreciate this form of Cricket, truly a gentlemen’s game last night, it was played with zest and zeal, hats off to both the teams for taking the match to a new level.

    Right, if you look at the match. I would say it went as per the script. India were clear favorites. We were expected to win and we did.

    First Innings, Indian batsmen were supposed to do well, they did, however, they lost the plot after an exciting start but, a scratchy 85 by Sachin [he was gifted as many as 4 lives by the generous Pakistani fielders] and a crucial 36 from Raina, took us to a respectable 260. Pakistan has always produced outstanding bowlers and today was Wahab Riaz’s day, the in swinging yorker which got Yuvraj was one of the best deliveries of the tournament, I’m sure he will have a bright career. Pakistani fielding was horrendous however, that was expected. I also felt towards the end, Pakistani bowler’s inability to wipe out the Indian tail proved extremely costly for them. Full marks to Indian batsmen for putting up a decent total, which EoD proved matching winning.

    For this game, India had opted for Ashish instead of Ashwin, experts thought it was a suicidal move. But, you see when Dhoni makes a decision, he hardly gets it wrong. Nehra bowled a remarkable line and pouched important wickets. but, for me the pick of the bowlers were Yuvraj and Munaf, those two guys built the pressure and got the big wickets. In between all the tension, one batsman was in his zone – ‘block everything’ zone. Misbah’s exasperating batting method ruined everything for Pakistan, he seemed so disinterested in the middle. It was a shocking performance from Misbah. Anyways, credit to Indian bowlers for keeping it simple, a victory well earned.

    I particularly liked Afridi’s humble post match interview, he was gracious in defeat. He knows his team was beaten by a better team. No shame in being overpowered by a quality team. They tried their best however, they have to wait another 4 years to look for a possible revenge.

    As of India, this win will certainly rank among the top 5 all time ODI victories. Nothing comes close to beating Pakistan at this level. Incredible win for Incredible India. But, I don’t want to go over board because team India is yet to win their most important game since 1983, the finals of ICC Cricket world cup 2011. This is what matters the most. However, full credit to team India on successfully claiming ” The mother of all games “. As of Pakistan, they lost the game yet won the hearts of millions of Indian fans by their pleasant demeanor and sporty attitude.

     

     
    • sufia 12:01 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i still want to cry 😦 and u know 😦 ppl going on and on how gracious afridi was…makes it worse 😦 what i did find heartening was. yeterday i had gone to watch a screening.. even after the match, EVERY SINGLE one of the pakistanis still said it was “ok”…we got this far, we shud be grateful. there was no rioting as typically happens after a screening….everyone was still cheering on afridi and no one wanted to kill him.

      • Narendra 12:16 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Awwwhhh.. I guess it must be extremely hard for your people to accept this defeat however, this was no white wash, you team played extremely well, gave a tough fight. As everyone has been saying- Team Pakistan has exceeded expectation.

        I’m now officially a fan of Shahid Afridi, I was expecting him to react badly and go crazy on the ground but, he charmed his way through. EoD India won but, I would remember this game for a long time for Pakistan’s gentleness and humility. Cheers to Pakistan.

        • sufia 12:37 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          thats the only thing that helps me salvage the situation…..despite it all, alls set to give afridi a heros welcome back in karachi. misbah and younis had better hide tho 😀 ab samajh aya why we all love afridi so much?? despite his players not doing well, he still backed them, had it been any other captain kamran akmal would have been axed ages ago…hes a small man..with a HUGE heart…and thats why everyone loves him. whatever stupidities he does, everyone forgives him simply cuz he is shahid afridi.

          ps. now that im getting over the heartbreak: congratulations.

          • Narendra 1:09 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Sweet of you ^^

            I guess if Team Pakistan works on fielding and discovers few good batsmen like Umar Akmal, they might turn world beaters. I thought had Umar stayed for few more overs, the result of the game would have been different. He is such an exciting player. Misbah and Younis should make a exit from the ODI side, they seem to have lost the plot completely.

            • sufia 1:37 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              and end the stupid “parchi” system 😦 misbah, younus and K. akmal only stay cuz they have connections 😦

    • Single Malt Monkey 2:22 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great match. Riaz’s bowling was spot on and for a moment he culd have caused real trouble. But India seemed to me to be more disciplined in bowling and the field when 260 was a target that could have been caught. I thought the spirit of the game was excellent. It was good to see players from both sides exchanging banter and smiles sometimes on the field. A great victory for the spirit of cricket and sport. Sri Lanka on Saturday………..are you ready for Malinga (the strangest bowling action on the planet )?

      • Narendra 3:15 pm on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        India & Sri Lanka have played like 20-30 matches in the last 2 years..to be honest, it’s touch irritating to see them play yet again. Now that, we have reached finals, there will be many more bilateral series coming up..it’s going to be such a pain for the fans.

        Malinga, Mendis, Herath all had their highs and lows against India, so there won’t be any element of surprise, Sachin n Yuvraj usually do very well against SL, they will be key from our side, Dilshan and Sanga for SL. I’m sure this one wil be a close contest unlike like the last 3 editions. Hoping for the best.

  • Narendra 8:28 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sachin Tendulkar   

    Sachin Tendulkar a Cricketing legend is playing his… 

    Sachin Tendulkar, a Cricketing legend is playing his World Cup. In all likelyhood he would retire from the ODI format after this edition. His acheivements are mind boggling, no words can sum up his excellence. Here are few unforgettble words of praise, respect and awe from fellow Cricketers.

    “I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar” -Brian Lara(WI)

    ”We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor(Aus)

    “Nothing bad can happen to us if we were on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it” – Hashim Amla(SA)

    ”He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also ”  –  Waqar Younis(Pak)

    ”There are two kind of batsman in the world. 1. Sachin Tendulkar and 2. Rest of them -Andy Flower(Zim)

    “I have seen God. He bats at no.4 for India in tests” -Matthew Hayden(Aus)

    “I see myself when i see Sachin batting” – Sir Don Bradman(Aus)

    “Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting” -Australian Fan

    ” Even if you have 22 fielders, Sachin will still score a boundary” – Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)
    P.S: This post was inspired by a friend’s Facebook update.

     
    • Arvinth 9:07 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hope we win the world cup for the god cricket.. i think sachin would retire from ODIs but continue playing in Tests gor another 2 years.. Hoping to see the best of Sachin in the next 2 games.. 🙂

      • Narendra 10:43 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy…hope your wish comes true..
        This is our best chance..

    • sufiaz 11:34 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      just an outta curiosity question? 😉 shud he make a century on wednesday or no? 🙂

    • Dharun 7:16 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar” -Brian Lara(WI)….My favorite quote

    • Rajiv 10:59 pm on March 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      U don’t know if Sehwaag stays for 50 overs…. Games can change 🙂

      • Narendra 7:41 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Depends..just that Sachin has proved many a times that he would last longer than any other batsman..

  • Narendra 9:19 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Athlete, Carl Lewis, , Gold Medal, , , Jesse Owens, Olympics, Sachin Tendulkar, , Usain Bolt, World Record   

    Lighting Bolt 

    Here’s Usian Bolt, the fastest athlete in the world, breaking his own world record. He became an over night hero by winning the Olympic Gold by a daylight gap and setting a new speed record. In this race, he does the same, winning with ridiculous ease. Watch it. [ Do not miss his ” lighting bolt” pose towards the end ]

     

     

    Before you start wondering, why is a Cricket fanatic talking about Bolt out of nowhere. Here are few reasons.

    a) Bolt wanted to be Cricketer as a kid.

    b) Bowling was his first choice, he was a huge fan of  Curlty Ambrose and Waqar Younis.

    c) As of batsman he is big supporter of Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle ( also a Jamaican ) and Matthew Hayden.

     

    Crickets loss is Athletics gain, a big big big gain. Hats off to Usain Bolt.

     

     
  • Narendra 9:03 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar   

    Reliving March 1, 2003 

    March 1, 2003 produced one of the best games of ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. It was played out between arch rivals India & Pakistan. Both teams boasted of huge credentials however, Pakistan looked a notch better, their bowlers like, Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib could run through the best of the best batting line ups. India on the other hand was flying high during the WC, thanks to Sachin’s mercurial performances.

    So, on the D-day. Pakistan batted first. They were a strong team and I must say I thought they would win the game easily [ despite India’s red hot form ]. Pakistan’s batting came good, Saeed scored a prolific hundred [ I never understood how and why he was so successful against India ]. Other batsmen chipped in, they finished at 273. During those days that was a huge score especially,  if you have a bowling line up of Pakistan’s pedigree, anything above 250 was out of reach. So, when India started their Innings, Sachin took first strike [ he seldom does that ] and 5 overs later India was speeding away. By the time power play came to an end, Sachin had already produced one of the greatest innings in a WC, virtually ending Pakistan’s chances of a comeback. He fell at 98 however, his exit made little difference as Indian batsman stormed to a famous win. It has to go down as on the finest wins for India at the biggest stage of World Cricket for living up to the expectations of billion plus fans and out playing Pakistan with effortless ease.

     

    Here’s a quick 6 minute compilation of the match.

     

     
    • sufiaz 10:39 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      unfortunately india has always run over pakistan in WCs 😦

    • sufiaz 11:01 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      koi bat nai….khail main chot lagti hai..rote nai hai….and sth abt how in battles only the fighters manage to fall 🙂

      • Narendra 11:22 pm on March 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ummmm…maine pehle hi bola tha..tumhe lawyer ban jaana chahiye 🙂
        You would win every case…You’re able to defend so very well…kamaal hai

        • sufiaz 11:18 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          i didnt mean it like that..i meant…whats the point crying over spilt milk? haar gaye to haar gaye, next time well do better 🙂

          • Narendra 11:27 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Right, that’s more like a Champ… Your team is going great…I hope you guys do well.. Ind-Pak finals is what is expected…and then.. blood bath 🙂

          • sufiaz 11:50 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            yay….lets see who wins..our bowlers or yr batsmen 🙂

            • Narendra 11:55 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Yaar ( as in a rivalwala yaar )… Bharat jeetega…bekaar main apne pe hope mat rakhna ^^

              • sufiaz 12:01 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                shhhhh make 330 in the first innings, and bus bhajji ya sreesanth ko bowling de dena 😉 baqi zimmedari hamari 😉

                • Narendra 12:13 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                  hhahahaahhha..what a recipe for Indian lamb curry..
                  Abhii finals bahut door hai..so lets cheer for our teams..n get them to finals…and then ><

    • Single Malt Monkey 12:56 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say, Narendra, following your’s and Rajiv’s blog has got me watching the WC this time around. 🙂

      • Narendra 11:21 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yes, your team gave us a mighty scare..stole a point 🙂
        Looks extremely promising for England…Good Luck..Enjoy the WC..

        • sufiaz 11:51 am on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          yes. very promising for england…looks like finally will have a chance to get a WC 🙂

      • Narendra 10:32 pm on March 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry Al…it’s no more promising for England 😦

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