Mahi is my Captain

Few days ago, a friend on mine asked me, “Which is your happiest moment of life?” My answer was “2007 T20 World Cup win”.

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Few days ago, a friend on mine asked me, “Which is your happiest moment of life?” My answer was “2007 T20 World Cup win”.

Back in 2003, I was only 12 and in India, it is a good enough age to understand all the nitty-gritties of cricket. After the disastrous start of campaign, it was an astonishing feat to even reach the finals. At the same time, it was very clear that India can’t move ahead further. Defeating the then Australian team was virtually not possible. I was in front of TV during the whole match, but couldn’t dare to watch the match beyond that 15 runs Zaheer Khan over. I could not see India being defeated, yet after every few minutes, I will change the channel to Set Max hoping for a miracle. It never happened. We lost, but it was that team lead by Saurav Ganguly who actually, for the first time. made us dream about the World Cup.

Four years had passed and it was time to fulfill the dream seen in 2003. The first round of world cup was clashing with the board exams. It wasn’t a big deal, because by the time, the Super 8s would have started, exams would have been over. It was our Science exam, but we were discussing the yesterday night’s India-Sri Lanka match. I was angry. I was heartbroken. I had never expected that the dream would end so early. Neither in my wildest thoughts I had imagined that I would actually be living the dreams in just few months time.

“Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of team India and that too directly in such a big tournament, the first ever World T20 World Cup and without any senior player- is BCCI even serious about T20? But nevertheless, it will be good exposure for new players to participate in this tournament.” This is what I and most of us thought. That guy, who had long hairs, who was crazy about bikes and who was just a hitter, was he even responsible enough to lead the side? For us, India was only a participant in that tournament. The ball was in the air. I was almost into tears praying, ‘God, please not a six, not a six!’ Next moment, I saw Sreesanth completing the catch.

I was jumping on the floors, dancing on the bed, screaming in balcony! I had no idea how to express my joy. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in his first tournament as captain had won India a World Cup. He accepts the trophy, hand it over to the team and moves aside, letting others enjoy the glory. He was unruffled by his enormous achievement. I was still jumping in front of my television set.

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Hats off to Dhoni & Co: Players who made the India proud!

14 players and 1 God scripted the the BIGGEST moment in Indian History. Can anything on this planet give so much happiness to over 1.2 billion people of this earth? Hats off to each and every member of this team.

 

Hats off to our captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the best. He has brains, he has got the temperament and he has the guts. I can’t even imagine how a man with so much pressure can perform his task so fearlessly. Coming in before the inform Yuvraj and leading from the front at the biggest platform, he surely has the mettle of steel. What more substantiation you need when the God himself stamps him as the best captain ever. And as Ravi Shastri rightly commented after the triumph, its time for his critics to SHUT UP!

Hats off to the Yuvraj of India, Yuvraj Singh. Struggling with his form, with his fitness. Demoted to grade B and finding it hard to maintain a place in the team. What a turnaround he has had. When was the last time did we see him diving and throwing himself in air? He was our hero in the T20 win and he was the hero in this triumph also. But while the T20 was for his flamboyance, this time around he showed his desperation. With bat, he was the pressure-soaker and the anchorer, and with the ball he was the pressure builder and the partnership breaker. With batting average of over 90 and 15 wickets, he was indeed the Man of the Tournament.

Hats off to our bowling spearhead- Zaheer Khan. Whenever India needed a wicket, he was the captain’s man. Apart from him slower ones and reverse swingers, he was also the guide for other pacers. Indian bowling attack could have fallen apart without him. But he kept it intact. For a country not known for its pace attack, he is one legendary fast bowler.

Hats off to the Wall II- Gautam Gambhir aka Gauti. He was the top scorer in 2007 T20 final and yesterday he did that again. Unfortunately, on both the occasions he didn’t get the man of the match. With the fall of Sachin, the hearts of 121 crore people had stopped beating. But Gauti gave them life. The way he soaked the pressure and kept the scoring rate up was incredible. He is the new wall of Indian batting line up.

Hats off to the most dangerous batsman of the world- Virendra Sehwag. On filed the most explosive, and off-field the calmest of  all. He was the igniter. Hitting 5 consecutive first balls of innings for four, he always provided us the start giving other batsman the time to set. Those 5 fours in Umar Gul’s over in semis were outstanding.

Hats off to Powerplayer Ashwin. He was one player who was talked more for not being in the team. But in whatever games he got the chance, he proved why everyone wants him to be in the team. His powerplay bowling was outstanding. Unfortunate to miss the semis and final.

 

 

 

 

 

Hats off to gritty Virat Kohli. The highest ranked Indian batsman. He proved why he deserves to be amongst the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi. His 35 were the most crucial runs he would ever score.

Hats off to agile Suresh Raina. In or out of the playing 11, he always contributed with his field and saving those crucial 10-15 runs in every match. His innings against Australia and Pakistan were so crucial.

Hats off the fighter Bhajji. He was not at his best. But he always maintained the pressure and never gave away easy runs.

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Hats off to consistent Munaf. He is not the best. But he bowled best in his limitations and kept a consistent line. Supported well to Zaheer Khan.

Hats off to rhythmic Nehra. He was there at 2003 final. Then he disappeared. And then was back into the squad. The SA match was a debacle. But he bowled beautifully in semis against pakistan. (Please, no more PJs now!)

Hats off to Sreesanth, Yusuf and Chawla. Well, they are the members of a World Cup winning squad. So hats off to them also.

And now from the men in blue to the GOD IN BLUE.

TAKE A BOW Sachin Tendulkar. You are the one who lives in the heart of every Indians. Its you whose one straight drive makes us forget all our worries. Its your passion which inspires everyone around. We Indian don’t love cricket as much as we love you. You are our God. Thank you for serving our country for so many years. And please continue to do this always and forever. This World Cup is for you. Love you Sachin!

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I belong to a World Cup winning nation! INDIA!!

You know is it something special, when SACHIN TENDULKAR, after spending 21 years of his life as GOD, declares this to be the THE PROUDEST moment of his life!

The feeling is yet to sink in. It still seems to be a dream. It is infact a dream. A dream that has come true. It is no doubt THE BEST moment of my life. No superlatives can express the feeling.

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People say this is after 28 years that we have won the world cup. But for my generation, it’s the first time! I have faint memories of 1999 world cup when Tendulkar lost his father, came back to India, but rejoined the squad and scored a century in the immediate match. I remember the 2003 final where even the heart was refusing to give any chance to India against the mighty Aussies and with Tendulkar’s wicket, it was all over. And lets just forget the 2007.

This time around in 2011, not only did the 1.21 billion people dreamed the World Cup for India, but also for their GOD. And last night, they all lived their dream.

With the target of 275, the stage was all set for Sachin’s 100th 100. But when he got out, it was a heartbreak and hopes began to fade. But credit to Gauti to Mahi for soaking up the pressure and giving us this euphoric triumph. On 2nd ball of 49th over, Dhoni, not only the ball, but sent the whole nation to a flyer!

The feeling at that moment was beyond any words. We all were jumping, dancing, hugging each other, shouting and it was just the beginning of the party! The images on the roads were unbelievable. People were dancing over their cars, on the bikes. Screaming!! Chanting INDIA INDIA!! The decibel level was deafening. All the roads were blocked. The dhols were beating, the beer was flowing and people were going mad! A police car came and people made those policewallas also dance!!

It was the BIGGEST PARTY EVER ON PLANET EARTH with 1.21 billion people going mad on the tunes of 10 players and 1 God.

Thank You Dhoni & Co. for giving us this World Cup.

T20 Champions.. Really??

Despite loosing all their three super 8 matches, for me India is still the T20 champ. Actually every player had some “genuine” reasons for not being able to perform. I have listed the problems of some of them below:

Virender Sehwag: Unfortunately he got injured. A ball hit his head and two of his hairs were damaged. So he has to leave west indies for hair transplant.

Gautum Gambhir: Gauti-veera bhai bhai. He couldn’t have betrayed veeru by performing in his absence. That’s called real love..err.rr..friendship.

Yuvraj Singh: haven’t u seen his stomach? He is pregnant, dude!

Suresh Raina: His contract has clear mention: “No Short Balls”. It’s not his fault if bowlers breached the contract.

Yusuf Pathan: He himself doesn’t know why is he in the team.

Rohit Sharma: He didn’t want to get away from the title, “POTENTIALLY a great batsman” by exploiting his potential.

MSD: He didn’t want mumbaikars to again face the traffic jams as they had to after 2007 win. (He is so caring!)

Praveen Kumar: Bappi da was again donating one of his chain. So he had to go there to collect it. (He already has 7 of his chains!)

Harbhajan Singh: Revenge! from MSD for the IPL final.

Zaheer Khan: Actually he was in a big dilemma about what to wear at the nigh party. Now tell me whats more important, cricket or party?? of course party na!

Ravinder Jadega: undoubtedly the man of the tournament. BCCI threw him out of the IPL, and he single-handedly had the team India being thrown out from T20 tournament.

Piyush Chawla: He wanted the selectors to know, what the whole world already knows, that Ojha and Mishra are far than him. Thats why he deliberately bowled bad, so that selectors don’t repeat their mistake.

Dinesh Karthik: He was still wondering what his call to Murli Karthik has to do movie with the movie,  Karthik calling Karthik.

Ashish Nehra: Look at his face! First give him some food and then ask him to play. You can’t play a malnutrition person in the team.

Murli Vijay: He was still praying for yellow jersey to hargeez wins, not realizing its blue! All his prayers went waste!

Vinay Kumar: Ya, a player of such name was there in the team and even played a match !

Umesh Yadav: He went there, enjoyed the parties and came back. He wasn’t even bothered to carry drinks, coz none of the batsman stayed that long on the crease.

And the biggest reason of their failure: Cheerleaders were not hot!

Do comment. You may also give your own reasons for T20 defeat.

I am Fuming!!

Life plays funny games with everyone. Today it was my turn.

It was the BIG treat. India-v-AUSTRALIA at Ferozshah Kotla, Delhi. I was having the free passes. My friends were going. I wanted to go there. But I refused.

It was the choice I wouldn’t have made 99 out of 100 times- missing the match, for my CA CLASS. Unfortunately, it was the 100th time and I opted to sacrifice the match to attend my class. But the comic and the most infuriating part of the story is, THE CLASS GOT CANCELLED

I felt like the guy who leave behind everything for one girl, only to be ditched by her. I an feeling ditched. I just want to break something or someone (to be precise- my teacher, for not informing beforehand)

Now I am only wondering whether an India win is going to act as a pain-reliever or will add to the bruises of missing a match which India won . Still I am praying that India will chase down the 230 target

India’s inning is about to start and I am still having a TV with me. So bbye. Do Comment but dont you dare to laugh!!

Can you support Pakistan??

What can be more unfortunate than Indian team being dependent on arch rival Pakistan. India requires Pakistan to defeat Australia in tomorrow’s match to keep the hopes of semis alive. But supporting Pakistan?? Its insane!!!!

Sadly, we Indian can’t do anything. Indian team is on life support system with control in the hands of Pakis [:-X]. We will have to pray for a Pakistan win. Its like moving your head sideways and saying, “Yes, I support Pakistan.”
Beggars, really, don’t have choices. And I beg you Younus Khan plz thrash those Ozies, thrash them hard. The whole of India is with you.

Congrats Dhoni- You Made India Loose

“Everything that he touches turns gold.”
“Dhoom Dhoom Dhoni”
“The best ever captain”
“Captain cool”
“The next big thing after Sachin in Indian Cricket”

But one game has changed it all. Dho Dala Dhoni has literally washed away India from England. Had India played with full enthusiasm and spirit and then lost, I would have been sad but not furious.

Where has gone that fearlessness which had become the synomym of Indian Cricket Team from past 2 years?? Is this the team which is going to be No.1 team in the world?? Is this the same Dhoni who could have hit any bowl, any bowler for a six???

I used to bash media for all those news about differences in team, but after looking at the ‘Indifferent’ team India on field, it makes me wonder if all those speculation had some truth in it.

Dhoni, my heart cries to say, has become arrogant. I want that captain cool back. Something is surely wrong with Dhoni. Firstly that Padmshree controversy, and then this Sehwag controversy and now such a dull performance. This is not the Dhoni I know, be it his batting, his captaincy or his general attitude. It has all changes, unfortunately, for the worse :-(

Before the match my biggest fear was if India loses, I won’t be able to see people burning Dhoni’s posters. But now I myself want to do this.. where the hell is lighter!!!!

Where has gone that charisma that he used to have on the team? Why he always appears to be so tensed and frustated? Why hitting even a single boundary has become such a huge task for him? I think last time when he had hit a six, there was peace in Afghanistan!

As Dhobi..err..rr..Dhoni himself speaks in his Aircel ad.. ITS TIME TO MOVE ON for him

Life, surely takes a full circle!! A circle which began at T20 World Cup and has “ended” there too!!
R.I.P.
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