Indian cricket has come a long way

by Yash

I just watched an interview of Virat Kohli from World Cup. “We are not looking to entertain; we are looking at winning the game”. That explains a lot. I have watched a few games India has played this world cup. Many of them have been boring. Like a test match. You don’t see too many sixes being hit. But the Indian team is the only team so far that has not lost a game in this world cup.

Indian cricket team has come a long way from where it used to rely on individual performances of a Tendulkar or a Sehwag or a Kumble to win them a game. This is a side that works as a team. It has a definite plan. They have a plan for how to bowl to each opposition player to get them out. They have a plan while batting. Over by over.

Fitness. Virat Kohli runs between wickets at speed of 25 Kmph! I watched another of his video where he mentioned how he maintains a certain diet to be in top condition for the game. Gone are the days of portly cricketers who couldn’t run for their life. This Indian team actually looks like it’s made of professional athletes.

The bench strength of the Indian team is amazing. They lost a top batsman and a top bowler midway through the World Cup due to injuries and it has not made a difference in their performance on the field. This team hunts in a pack. When the batting doesn’t click, bowlers save the day. India has been the best fielding side this World Cup. Who would have thought?!

This Indian cricket team is so unlike other things Indian. There is an intent to win. It has skills and professionalism. They work well together. They plan meticulously and execute it superbly. How did we get here?

I believe the credit has to be given to BCCI and IPL. BCCI is a private business. The players are their products and the games they play is their business. It brings in the moolah. BCCI has invested in players, infrastructure and improved quality of the game. IPL for all its flaws has done wonders to improve the quality of Indian cricket. The increased competition has forced players to give it their best and stay in supreme condition to retain their place in the side.

Right now India are favourites to win the World Cup.

Cricket unites the nation – India has arrived!

by Yash

India won the Cricket World Cup last night and what followed that on the streets of Mumbai and rest of the country was just amazing.

People of all strata just poured onto the roads. On bikes, cars, auto rickshaws, trucks, waving flags, shouting, dancing, cheering, high fiving!!! People were stopping cars and congratulating strangers, young boys and girls were popping out of cars, people were sitting in car trunks with tailgates open and car stereos blaring at full volume!!!

It was euphoric! It was unprecedented. In my life of 29 years, I have never seen anything like this. It was something different!

I have never seen so many Indian flags on roads. It was middle of the night and no one was sleeping. There was a traffic jam on all roads and no one was minding. There were no quarrels, no fights, just pure jubilation!!!

Nothing unites this country as cricket does. The sense of Indianness, the sense of patriotism was in the air. Young people of India were chanting Jai Ho, Vande Mataram, Bharat Mata ki Jai and it wasn’t a political rally! It was the Gen X at its best! People were drinking beer, waving flags, whistling, shouting and there were no inhibitions!

I feel this is advent of a new India. We Indians have never been so confident. The celebrations last night were not just for winning a sport, it was a celebration for something much more.

It was an announcement by the India of today that we have arrived! The way team India won the world cup, it was a show of sheer determination. It was the will to fight against all odds. A strong resolve to prove all nay sayers wrong. Team India lead by the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni was out to prove a point. They wanted to win it. Every individual of the team wanted it so badly that they just gave it their all. From the strong batting line up to their exceptional bowling skills, which they had probably sharpened every day with bowling machines from the Meulemans Cricket Centre (https://www.meulemans.com.au/product-category/bowling-machines/), everything worked in their favour; like the entire Universe was conspiring to get India that much deserved cup. Everyone wanted to do it for the team, the nation and ONE man that the nation loves – Sachin Tendulkar. This one man has been playing for the country for past 21 years, he has played in the six world cups and achieved almost every glory except the one that matters the most. The young Indian team was determined to do it for Sachin. AND DONE IT THEY HAVE!!!

The young members of the team showed yesterday that they are confidant of their abilities to win against all odds. After loosing the two match winning openers at the start of the game while chasing a huge total in a high pressure game, no one would have given team India a chance. Me including. But the young lads Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir rose to the occasion and showed the nation and the world that they CAN win! The captain of the ship, came on the ground and played the best innings of his cricketing history. He demonstrated to all those questioning his ability and his decisions on the field that he is the master and he knows what he is doing. Dhoni won the cup! He won it for a nation of 1.2 billion people.

And people erupted. 1.2 billion people are sick and tired of corruption, scams, terrorism, inflation and this team gave them a reason to rejoice. It gave them a moment of pride, a sense of Indianness and a really proud feeling that yes, we Indians have finally arrived at the stage. Our victories are not a fluke. It was a show of confidence. It was a show of consistency. Beating World Champions Australia, fierce Pakistan and competitive Sri Lanka on the trot was not a stroke of luck! It was pure brilliance and the way we came back in the final after the initial jolt – it was our moment!

Cricket is the religion in India and Sachin is the GOD. And yesterday the young lads gifted their GOD with the ultimate glory – one for which he had waited 20 years! It was team that paid its homage to the GOD of cricket when they carried him on his shoulders. It was the tribute for what he has done for the people of this nation. And they also demonstrated that they are now capable of winning even if he has an off day. That must be making Tendulkar really proud. That he is going to leave behind a team that is the champion and no more dependent on an individual’s genius.

It was a team effort, and people of India know it. If we can win the cup, we can do ANYTHING.

WE ARE THE WORLD

Takeaway from the Ind-Aus match

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Ponting’s century in the face of all the criticism that he has had to take in lately. Can not take away the fact that it was a brilliant innings on a testing track.

Defiant Aussie nature – the way Lee was bleeding after that ball hit his eye, I thought he wouldn’t come back, but he was back after 2 overs and bowling with fire.

Sensible batting by Yuvi and Raina – After Dhoni got out, I thought it was all over. ANOTHER collapse looked imminent. But thanks to Yuvi and Raina, who batted sensible without taking any undue risks which made sure we got thorough.

Viru, Kohli and Dhoni gave away their wickets on stupid stroke play. Dhoni should have taken a cue from his Aussie counterpart and played a more responsible innings.

Gambhir, well I give him benefit of doubt. It was more of Yuvi’s fault. But he did his job well. All’s well that ends well.

And the GOD! It was GOOD to see GOD bowl after a long long time! Bowl more often sir. We can not get enough of you!

Tendulkar wants fans to react with responsibility and balance! My foot!

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http://cricket.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/t20articleshow/4668306.cms

Tendulkar said he was disappointed with India’s failed title defence but at the same time felt the fans back home needed to show more “responsibility and balance” in their reaction.

“I feel there is very high emotions among the people when they react. But do these reactions help us to play better? Not really. These actually put more pressure on the players. We have got to be mature and be with the team,” Tendulkar said.

Dude since we have high emotions attached with this game, you and your ilk are so rich! Look at players of other sports. We are emotional? Hell yeah we are! you win, we’ll make you god, you lose, we’ll burn your effigies! We are like that. Take it or leave it! You have been playing for 20years, you should know better by now! Don’t teach us how to be good fans, learn to play better cricket!

Spinners rule in Twenty20

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Watching India vs West Indies match right now and Yusuf Pathan just got the wicket of dangerous Chris Gayle. India has two more spinners in side – Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha. Ojha has already won the match against Bangladesh. IPL has proved that spinners are a key in T20. All the spinners, even part timers like Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj were getting bucket leads of wickets in the second edition of IPL. Yuvraj even managed to get a couple of hat tricks! I was watching the highlights of the Aus-Pak T20 encounter that happened in Dubai just before the start of this tournament and even in that match Shahid Afirid – another spinner – was named man of the match.

Guess rein of the spinners is coming back in cricket and that too in the most bang bang version of the game