Wednesday, September 26, 2007

We are the Champions!!

This was one of my favorite moments of cricketing history, India winning the Twenty20 World Cup. Every Indian cricket lover will cherish this moment for a long time to come. It couldn’t have been scripted better, an Indo-Pak final and one that which dragged till the last ball, holding the breath of billions of people around the world. The truth is that it could have gone eitherway but it was India’s destiny that Misbah-ul-haq will try to pick a shot that will go straight into the hands of Sreesanth. The good part about the final was that it was played hard, with passion and without any animosity. Indians acknowledged the talent of Umar Gul and Misbah-ul-Haq,while Pakistanis applauded Gambhir and R P Singh for their consistency. Infact, whenever I watch the highlights of the final (watched is 5 times already) and see Misbah-ul-Haq on the ground crying at the same time when Indian team was celebrating its victory, my heart goes out for the man who gave his best but could never cross the line.

Yuvraj Singh has been my favorite player for more than one reason. Firstly, he has a typical Punjabi attitude and that what makes him different from the rest. Secondly, he has that raw talent which if harnessed well could reap some amazing crop for Indian cricket and last but not the least; he is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball. Infact, after watching his six sixes, I read that his batting style resembles Gary Sobers and rightly so. Here are the videos of Yuvraj’s and Sober's six sixes and the resemblance in shot selection and clean hitting is uncanny.

Apart from Yuvi, one other person who deserves all the applauds (read Ad contracts) is Mahi (M S Dhoni), captain of Team India. What an attitude!! He gave an excellent example of a leader, the one who inspires but remain cool no matter what a situation, the one who believes in his team of people, the one who applauds his heroes and the one who leads by example.

There were two contrasting sour moments at the end of the world cup that tried to dampen the win that every player in the team deserved. During the presentation ceremony, Shoaib Malik, who was the second best captain in the tournament, said something politically wrong. He said something to the effect that, every Muslim should be proud of Pakistan’s achievement. What Shoaib didn’t notice was that India’s man of the match is a Muslim, India’s opener is a Muslim and the guy by the name of Shah Rukh Khan who hugged the Indian team is a Muslim too. So, Indian Muslims were not represented by Pakistan in the final but they were represented by Team India which won the World Cup.

The other person who did played the religious card once again and that too on the wrong side was Mr. Narendra Singh Modi. When rest of the Indian states are facilitating their players, Modi has decided to ignore two players from his state because they are Muslims. Only if it was Parthiv Patel instead of Irfan Pathan that he would have showered him with gifts. I think the Pathan brothers deserve a better treatment or should move to a different state that will atleast acknowledge their contribution to this cricket team.

This Indian team in every sense represents India, with players from every major religion in the country and filled with youths, which constitute more than 50% of India’s population. Its after a while that whole country was united and happy of its achievement which reflected in the India’s stock market which crossed the 17000 mark for the first time during the trading. We need more moments like these because it is indeed the time when every Indian can proudly say, “We are the Champions”.


Blogger hope said...

oooo haiiiiiiiii!!

kya post hai... yuvi ke sixer ko bhi peeche chod diya :P

aah!!! zara bol le aaye.. i mean pad le ..

11:24 PM  
Blogger hope said...

he has a typical Punjabi attitude and that what makes him different from the rest.

hmmm ye punjabi attitude kya hota hai.. i thought attitude is attitude.. period :P
oh yes, ofcourse he is different from others... he is destructive in a good way.. but aint all of them are different from each other?? *hides*

*comes out slowly*

Mahi.. aah! what a skipper yes! i love his poise and positive vibes he pass through all team members.. a very smart guy indeed..

and about malik.. may be it was a mistake.. coz of his poor english ..i think so.. donno..


11:53 PM  
Blogger hope said...

wtr, the point is WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!

uiii aap to pehle se hi champ hai :P

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, India won. Congreate!!

But Asman pe jyada mat udo - yeh Indian team ka khiladi hai pata nahin kab sab ko phir sachhai se samana kara de :P.

Hope and wish they will keep the spirit high and will maintain the spirit high. :)

1:36 AM  
Blogger The Bhandari's said...

Indeed we are champions... last ball took away every indian heart beat, and came back to life after it was caught...
Indian cricketers indeed gave a tough fight and indeed they deserved the felicitation and prizes being showered on them, The rally yesterday, lakhs of fans were there to welcome there but we forget one thing that WHY
WHY did we forgot our other heros, Asia Cup Champions, Indian Hockey Team, who retained the cup and what were they paind, PEANUTS, 1000 ruppees per goal?????
Isn't that a orphan treatment, after they protested Karnataka Govt announced Rs two lakh cash reward each to four hockey players and a coach from the state who were part of the Asia Cup winning Indian team.
But why this step brother treatment on first hand?

1:40 AM  
Blogger B said...

This was the first match in my life that I actually was interested in. With friends telling scores online and screaming in chat windows if there was a wicket or a good shot.......... ya even till the last ball it was a very interesting match. we d champions ;)

6:01 AM  
Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

I was absolutely floored by the match!it was indeed a treat to every cricket lover and a cherished moment:)we had people here chanting chak de India with every ball at those last few moments. What a rush!!

9:24 PM  
Blogger MoonStruck Tempest said...

You said it. I couldn't have asked for a more thrilling finale. It was a dream come true. Loved every single second of the game. Though somewhere in my heart, I wish Sachin, Rahul and Sourav were present. Oh wellz, still, I am super duper thrilled by the win.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

noope im not reading itnaa saaara.. yesh, i dropped by! be around again later.. :D

1:22 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

You will have to update your blog about Pathans not being felicitated. check out

7:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i missed the match... was doing something more important at that time.... :)

12:22 AM  
Blogger Marlee said...

cricket makes me yawn...but everyone at work was all "worked" up abt the match :-|

Anyway, atleast we're champions!

11:26 AM  
Blogger hope said...

*sigh* Can we talk about something else now???

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all proud of this great victory & now just wish, Team India can also do the same by beating the Aussies in our homegrounds!

3:04 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

hope - Yuvi aur mera kya muqabala :P

Punju attitude is different na, its like ...ummm...hmmmm...samjh jao bas ab. Chalo ab bahar nikal jao :P

Yea, Mahi is India's find :D

I agree it could have been a mistake by Malik but it still holds significance na.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

hope - I am Champion(square) na :P

juneli - Thank You jee!! :D

Sachai already saamne aa gayee hain :P

Amen to your thought :)

the bhandari's - What can I say but cricket is India's religion and hockey has become its poor cousin. Infact, India has neglected most other sports and unfortunately we had to wait 24 years to become world champions again in cricket.

All I can say is that cricket has marketed itself better than hockey and maybe hence the reason for its success.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

red soul - This tournament has really opened new markets who were never interested in cricket before. Good to see you enjoy it.

fuzzylogic - It was indeed the best match of my life :) We all knew match will be close but never thought it will be a heart-stopper :D

moonstruck tempest - Ha ha!! I knew you would be missing the trio but maybe then we would have never won. This tournament almost changed the guard of Indian cricket from the trio to new generation, which is not a bad thing :)

10:24 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

reema - LOL!! Na hee padho toh achaa hain...he he

moonie - I don't think I need to update because they were first of all felicitated after then moment had passed and the rediff article states that Gujarat Govt gave money to their mother because she said that Muslims are happy with India's win. What a shame that Muslims still have to prove time and again that they are Indians first.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

anks - What could have been more important than the final of Twenty20...I wonder ;)

marlee - Like shopping makes me yawn...he he. Yes, we are the champs :D

hope - Kuch romani ho jayein ;)

kalyan - Welcome to my blog although it doesn't look likely that we can beat Aussies looking at the first two matches :(

10:30 PM  

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