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Cricket in times of football !

FIFA World Cup has managed to overshadow the Cricket in India.

Never before I have seen so less enthusiasm regarding the India- Pakistan clash, especially in Cricket.Even the media which is always craving for 'masala news' failed to cover the contest which is often dubbed as 'mother of all battles'. Media was more concerned with England not able to beat Algeria back there in South Africa.The reason may be that the FIFA World Cup 2010 is turning out to be the cup of upsets. France, Germany, Spain, England  all face the threat of elimination in the first round itself.  No major country except Argentina has been able to play like the Champions. But at least this time every country which gets knocked out in the first round itself have 'Vuvuzelas' to blame! wink


 


It is always boring to work on a saturdays, so when I reached office, the first thing I asked my colleagues was that if they have any plans to leave early for home to catch the Indo-Pak encounter; but to my surprise half of them were not aware of the match itself.Was it the overdose of Cricket or was it the lack of awareness from media; I don't know whom to blame. Sadly I had to sit in the office itself, but in times of live streaming on Internet, I didn't have too much problem watching the match.


 


But after some time, I myself found the match boring. Indo-Pak clash was never like this. The peculiar features of Indo-Pak clash are high tension building up before the match, media trying to dub the clash as one the bollywood masala movie which has everything in it for the audience, the two captains themselves accepting that it is a pressure game which they don't want to lose at any cost, the full packed capacity crowd, etc. i found most of these things missing.


 


Pakistan started on a good note, and at one point of time it looked as if India would be chasing a 300 plus score. But with a team as unpredictable as Pakistan, it would be wrong to predict anything! Pakistan were bundled out for 267, which certainly looked within India's reach. But India too started on a cautious note. Sehwag's stay at the crease was made miserable by some tight bowling by Pakistanis and some there was some injury to compound his problems. A score of 10 ball 32 runs is so peculiar with Sehwag, but this time it was vice-versa.


 


Gambhir and Dhoni held their nerves to stabilize the Indian Innings with the scores of 83 and 56 respectively. But at one point of time it looked as if India would end on the losing side after couple of quick wickerts, but Suresh Raina and Bhajji had some other plans.The only thing which reminded me that it was a Indo-Pak clash was on-field spat between Gambhir-Akmal and Bhajji-Akthar.


 


But in the end it was real cliff-hanger and a great day for Cricket (excluding those on-field spats).It was really good to see the intensity back in Indian team which was missing for some time now.It looked as if Indians were not just playing, but they were playing to win!


 


Good Luck to Team India and hope they bring the Asia Cup back home!

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@ Natasha
thanx...
Nyway, that is the essence of India-Pak clash. Players know that losing would not be taken in sportsmanship spirit back home in their respective countries.
But i just loved to see bhajji making faces at akthar! ;)
Sujansalian on 23 Jun 2010, 09:29 PM
all i wanna know is, y did Harbhajan look so angry when India won? Why does he always have that expression? He should have been smiling right? I know i would be if i was in his place!!!

Nice post Sujan! :)
natasha@RCB on 23 Jun 2010, 01:40 AM
@Prometheus
There is no doubt that the World Cup next year will be huge success unless a huge upset happens (something like host nations crashing out too early)
The primary reason is that it is being held in the subcontinent which is the stronghold of cricket.
Sujansalian on 22 Jun 2010, 10:09 PM
The 50-over format is in the twilight of its' career. People couldn't care less about 50-over matches anymore. I really wonder what sort of response the world cup next year will get. THAT will be the acid test for this format.
Prometheus on 22 Jun 2010, 07:50 PM
Really an awesome match, bhajji and raina played well at the end. We have defeated srilanka in last few one day series there and i hope asia cup finals would be no different
Sachinbengaluru on 21 Jun 2010, 08:35 PM
@ Vignesh : Thanx buddy
@ Aruna m'am: Thats all we can hope for :)
Sujansalian on 21 Jun 2010, 05:16 AM
We put our fingers crossed fr that
Aruna-Desai on 21 Jun 2010, 05:02 AM
Nice!! :) yepp Asia cup v want it!! :)
vignesh-sridhar on 21 Jun 2010, 03:21 AM