India's victory against Pakistan in semi-final of Cricket World
Cup 2011 shall be remembered for a long time. This 'mother of all
the matches' kept millions across the globe tense and anxious.
The result was quite predictable but cricket is game of glorious
uncertainties. Right from the beginning, the Indian fans were
convinced that Pakistan had little chance of beating India. Both
records and attitude of Indian Team signaled India's victory. The
29 run victory came to confirm the signals of optimism. It had to
be 5-0 and the victory made it a reality.
There was a dubious attempt to make the match a political drama.
This was sabotaged as India has reached in the final dominated
the post-match celebrations. The talk of cricket diplomacy hit
the pre-match discussions. This is a sinister affair to make
sport a mean toserve political ends. Why should sport be a medium
to better the tense relationship? What's the need to blend
cricket with politics? The premier tournaments should maintain a
safe distance from such political dramas. The game should be
treated like a game and not a round table
Let's talk about role of Tendulkar as well. Many dull headed
critics always accuse him of never playing a match winning
innings even as the record books suggest otherwise. In the very
first clash between India and Pakistan in 1992 World Cup, played
in Australia, Sachin was awarded Man-of-the-match. Sachin again
made India attain victory over Pakistan in 2003 World Cup clash
in South Africaby his classic innings of 98 runs. Needless to
state, he was once again the Man-of-the-match.
Now at Mohali in 2011, we once again witnessed how he made
Pakistan away from the door of victory. True, the lady luck made
him survive four dismissal chances but can we deny the fact that
his runs shaped the victory of India ?I
am happy that all biased analysts will now think twice before
stupidly suggesting that Tendulkar's big innings are sometimes
bad omens and counter-productive. Or, for that matter, just
better his individual records!Oh yes, sounding deja vu, he
became Man-of-the-match at Mohali as well!
Lastly, the Indian team has displayed a rare spirit. It's now
playing more like an organized group. It's indicative of the fact
that the Indians have gained the ability to perform better in
tougher conditions.It also shows that team is learning the art to
play as group and not as one man show. It's time to deliver this
collective spirit once again to make World Cup ours after we
kissed it in 1983. Sri Lanka is a very good team. Let's not blue
waves commit the fatal blunder of ignoring the mighty roar of Sri
Lankan lions. It's time to tame the lions! It's time to kiss the
World Cup again!
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