Men in Blue – Champions in the Making

They are almost there. The glorious men in blue, this special Indian team is one game away from repeating history. And that they will do, mark my words! Dhoni and his men are special; they are talented, ambitious, inspiring, strong mentally and physically, and above all driven to succeed. They showed it all at Mohali. Yes, Tendulkar had survived 7 times, but survive he did and scored the most precious runs of the game. Even the real God (if there is one) wasn’t willing to let him out of sight. Sehwag blunted Umar Gul’s pre-match rhetoric in no time. Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni contributed valuable runs while occupying the crease. Suresh Raina topped it off with a special innings.

I had tweeted early on in the game that 275 was going to be a winning total. While I felt India were about 20 runs short, I also knew that Pakistan had a fairly ordinary batting lineup and 260 was absolutely defendable. And defend they did. Dhoni made a controversial call at the start of the game, leaving Ashwin out for the out-of-form Nehra. That turned out to be brilliant move. Nehra bowled outstandingly well, fielding sincerely, and helped Raina add a few at the end of the innings. The Indians have fielded out of their skins in the last couple of games and what a refreshing sight that has been!

The Pakistanis bowled superbly as expected. Their fielding was a mockery and going back to the basics would be an understatement. Their batting, I have always felt, was mediocre. While I am a big fan of Younus Khan, his days in one dayers have long been over. Misbah Ul Haq is as mysterious as previous namesake captain. The Akmals are never known to carry their innings long enough to finish off. Afridi is a pale shadow of his past. Any total above 230 was going to be tough ask. Here is a team that was bowled out in the 180s by an associate nation consisting of part time cricketers (sorry Canadians!).

This world cup could not have been scripted better than what it is. It has been a dream journey. Sachin Tendulkar will grace Wankhade in the finals and win it for India. I also predict that, if this happens, God will announce his retirement from one day internationals. Strong statement that, but as Ravi Shastri would say, I have a feeling!

Game on!

– Srikanth

7 responses to “Men in Blue – Champions in the Making

  1. I was pretty confident after 260 we were winning. The commentators attitude completely irks me. Throughout they were going with the assumption that Afridi will just explode and take Pakistan home.
    An illogical assumption considering Pakistan has not chased even 200 in the World Cup and its eons since Afridi survived more than 2 overs and a team which has significant divides among the seniors.
    But I still give lot of credit to Pakistan for their fighting spirit to reach this far, I would have wanted to see a India-Pak final than India-SL.
    SL just got extremely lucky with wins against the weakest teams with exception of England(missing key players).Seems unfair considering Pak beat SL and Australia.

  2. Leaving out Ashwin was NUTs – comparable to selecting Piyush Chawla for building his confidence !? The argument was that Pak players played spin well and so Dhoni selected a fast bowler. So, our players including the great Sachin could not read Saeed Ajmal’s doosra or score against Afridi.

  3. I agree, Harinee. It was irritating to listen to the cynicism and negativity of the Mumbai centric commentators. I always thought that Sunil Gavaskar has gone senile in his commentary and Ravi Shastri moronic but have lost my respects for Sanjay Manjrekar as well.

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  6. I somehow feel that 83 world cup seniors are not relishing the prospect of this Indian team winning the cup.Especially Kapil Dev!

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