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

    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 1:54 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ball, bat, , , game, , runs, tournament, win,   

    Cricket chit-chat 

     

    World cup mania has hit its peak, in this season of runs and wickets, I decided to do a few quick questions with select pals on their take on WC. I went over Gtalk to capture their comments. Here are excerpts from the chats.

     

    **********************************************************

    1. Selva Kumar, Business Development Professional

    me:  cool
    Right, here we go
    1. Who in ur opinion will be the leading wicket taker?
    Selvakumar:  Dale Steyn and morne morkel,  the most feared fast bowlers
    me:  2. How many times a 300+ score would be chased down?
    a. 1-2 b. 3-5 c. 5 & above
    Selvakumar:  b. It is no more going be a difficult chase for top teams when an individual can reach 200
    me:  yyaaaayyyyyyyy, super
    3. Your pick for Man-of-the-series award?
    Selvakumar:  Shane watson, He is perhaps the answer to Australia’s drought of a regular all-rounder
    me:  Brilliant choice
    Selvakumar:  🙂
    *****************************************************************
    2. Gowri Shankar, Software Professional
    gowri:  let me try to answer
    :)
    me:  its not a quiz..jus ur opinion
    gowri:  ok
    me:  1. Who will win the cup?
    gowri:  India
    me:  🙂
    gowri:  am not telling coz  it is my country
    India is a Good Team nw
    me:  Totally agree, Bro
    2. How many 100s will be scored over the tournament?
    a. 5-10 b. 11-15 c. 15 & above
    gowri:  answer : b
    11-15
    me:  cooollllllllll
    3. Your dream finals?
    gowri:  India Vs South Africa
    me:  Interesting  :-D
    I blv u want SA to choke n hand over cup to India  :P
    gowri:  Yes
    bcoz they are nt in Good at Big finals
    just like us
    me:  hahahahahhahaa
    ********************************************************************
    If you thought everyone in India is Cricket crazy, think again [ For privacy reasons and saving them from embarrassment, I have masked their names, they are good friends however, they don’t share similar enthusiasm towards Cricket ]

    ********************************************************************
    3. Consultant, SCM Consultant
    me:  cool man
    lets start
    1. Who in ur opinion will lift the cup?
    Consultant:  New Zealand  [ If NZ wins the WC, that will be nothing short of miracle ]
    me:  lol, ok
    2. Who will be highest run-getter?
    Consultant:  is there any option of dont know ..or cant say
    me:  no, jus go for one
    Consultant:  honestly i dont know!! give me some option im poor in cricket
    give me some option
    me:  hahahahhaa..that wud do..dont have to answer..
    3. Where will be the finals played?
    Consultant:  yesterday i was asking my frd the same …wait
    me:  ok, check
    Consultant:  mumbai
    thanks to wiki
    i thought in pakistan!!
    me:  lol
    **********************************************************************
    4. Mommy, HR professional and mom
    me:  Gurl…I have 3 questions for u ..related to Cricket world cup 2011..i will take it on my blog..wud u be ok to answer
    Mommy:  ayyooo
    y do u have to choose me
    i have to do cheating n answer
    like ask ***** and answer ;)
    is it ok for u
    me:  :)lol
    Bas, that’s all I wanted…I wnted such answers…i wont post ur names..but i will post ur reply
    lol
    *************************************************************************

    5. Wolverine, Student

    me:  Hii Dude, have few questions rltd to world cup 2011..wud u be game to answer
    Wolverine:  narendra.. sorry to say. i hate cricket :D
    me:  hahahahahhahahaa
    thts amazing…lol

    ******************************************************************

     

    So, you see not everyone of us is mad about cricket. Many have no clue on what’s going on 🙂

     

     
    • Vincent Raja 2:36 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Rofl 🙂 Narendra.. U made it man…

      • Narendra 3:10 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hhahahahhaha.. everyone has their perspective…good or bad 🙂

    • sufia 3:23 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yes the current NZ team will win…the day hell freezes over, i suppose 😀

      • Narendra 3:28 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        lol…NZ..anything can happen 😀
        Your pick? Pakistan?

        • sufia 11:19 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          you bet yr ass.

          but seriously tho, i would consider england as a serious contender as well.

          • Narendra 11:29 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Englishmen in Sub-Continent? Bold choice.

            • sufia 11:38 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              theyre strong hitters and good fighters. and give statistics a chance as well 😉

              • Narendra 11:48 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Hitters ok, I agree.
                Fighters kahan? woh toh apne Bharat aur Pak mein hain na..poora din gaali dete rehte hain..woh hue sache fighters…kahan angrez fight karenge..

                Lets see how much fight they got..I would be surprised to see them in last 4.

            • sufia 11:51 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              fighters as in .. DETERMINED 😉 dimagh kaha chala jata hai 😉

    • Single Malt Monkey 6:05 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good post – good idea.

      • Narendra 6:11 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks You..I’m not sure how to refer you.. SMM will that do?

    • Blockader 10:24 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My thought on this years world cup of cricket? One team will win, and the others won’t. Some people will be happy, others won’t, some people will care, others don’t. But all in all, for those of you who enjoy it, or unlike me, understand it, then have a great time watching it.

      • Narendra 10:37 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Totally, endorse you views.. For people like me, we don’t enjoy Cricket…we simply LIVE it…
        Want my team to win, nothing less will make me and millions of followers happy 🙂

  • Narendra 8:37 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , win,   

    Video Blog – India’s chances @ Cricket WC 2011 

     
    • sufiaz 6:34 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      cant open the video, im at work, so dont know what it says…

      i WOULD say india had a fantastic chance at the WC..the best batting line up in the world, home advantage, sachin tendulkar….everythings in place for them. what they DO need is better bowlers tho. id bet all the money I have on an england/india final.

      • Narendra 6:52 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sufiaz..you got is right..I have mentioned abt Sachin and Batting as well. Of course iffy bowling. But you see am an Indian, I love this sport. I want to see my team. Logic can take back seat. I hope it’s a Ind-Pak final nothing can beat that 🙂

        • sufiaz 7:23 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          OH yes! as a pakistani i want NOTHING more than my team in the final….against india. but i dont think pakistan is good enough. but then it IS pakistan, u cant predict. one day they play like they dont know how to hold a bat, the next day they bring their opposition down on its knees. u never know with them 🙂

          • Narendra 9:39 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            OMG… Ind Vs Pak final.. Umeed pe hi duniya kayam hai.. Hoping against hope for that super final
            BTW..As you rightly pointed out, Pak can surprise anyone

    • sufiaz 11:22 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      😉 for pakistanis when it comes to cricket..umeed hi sab kuch hai 😉 honestly, sometimes i believe the team gets by on prayers alone 🙂

      if u were to put yr money on a team..,,which wud it be? india/RSA?

      • Narendra 10:06 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Of course India…remember, mera bharat mahan
        Moreover, we have the team to win this time..also grounds, crowds, ICC and even betting agencies going in our favor.. I will put all on my money on Bharat

        You too can bet on us.. hheheheehehee

        • sufiaz 12:29 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          much as i hate to admit it…yes this time i can.

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