I still cant forget that
And Misbah-ul-Haq can
never ever forget the fatal scoop shot.
Sitting at the edge of
the sofa with Pakistan snatching away the victory,it seemed it
was curtains for India's hopes in the inaugural T20 world cup.But
destiny had other plans.
I still remember clearly
the last over.It was bowled by rookie Joginder Sharma and could
not stop feeling pity looking at his grimacing face.It was
obvious for the eyes and expectations of one hundred twenty
people were glued to that man with the ball in his hand.And what
a big wide did he start with!
India's hopes seemed to
have been shattered after Misbah's towering six.Pakistan was just
one shot short from victory.
Only Misbah-ul-haq knows
what happened to him at that time.Joginder bowled a very ordinary
delivery,not that anyone expected him to hurl inswinging yorkers
at Brett Lee's pace.It took only an even more ordinary shot from
Misbah to gift India the victory,when he tried to show off his
scoop shot,which scooped away the victory from Pakistan's basket
But even Sreesanth
fumbled taking the catch out of the scoop.And one twenty crores
people had their mouth in their heart.What if he would have
dropped the catch,he would have been the villain of Indian
cricket for time immemorial.Not that his present scenario would
make him feel any better!
Having taken the catch
in second attempt,India had won!
Misbah lay there in the
midst of the twenty two yards,cursing his instinct and action
more than that for if you would have started biting your nail,you
would have ended up chewing up your whole hand in such a pressure
And as an Indian nothing
feels more better than watching such a cliffhanger beating
Pakistan in a World Cup final.
It has been quite some
years now,but whenever I think about the last over and the scoop
shot,it still sends a shiver down my spinal