Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Winner is Cricket

"Nothing gets the nation going like Cricket does." A few days ago, I would have thought twice before saying this, but the recent exploits of our Men in Blue in the European continent have ensured that we fans have converted back to our first religion of choice- Cricket!

They went to Ireland down and out- written off, forgotten by their fans, away from the radar of the media. And then, all it took was a 2-1 drubbing of the Proteas in Belfast and the "Team India" was on its road to recovery- the road to fame again.

Then came England and by this time, the media had got excited- again, the newspapers and Television were discussing cricket- again, and "expectation" was back- again. The Mighty Four were on their last full tour to England and all of a sudden, none wanted to miss the spectacle. Cricket was back, forgotten for just a while, but back in all its glory; much like one of its own disciples whom we all know as Dada. The nation was believing again, so much so, that by the time the first test ended at Lord's, the Rain God had himself intervened in the interest of this born-again "faith".


The Indians celebrate Andrew Strauss' wicket, England v India, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day, July 30, 2007 © AFP

With victory in sight in the Second test, amidst all the hoopla around Sreesanth theatrics, Zahir's fondness(?) for jelly beans and the the umpiring, all I'll say is that it feels great to be back in the good old days where Cricket is the uniting force of the nation, where a victory makes us Indians feel Indians. You know sanity has returned to the country when you can simply start a conversation with a stranger at the bus stop on everything and anything involving Cricket- Sehwag or no Sehwag?, Dada or Dravid?, the umpiring blues and all!


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8 comments:

desh said...

ban cricket
its preposterous to think of the game after wht has happened this year, i am sure tht it wont get back to its feet again

Naresh said...

I agree wid desh dada here.... Cricket has not come into its old glory! Only devotees of cricket have begun to reconcile to the fact that it is worth followin again, but for it to enjoy its status as the ultimate passion of the nation like it was earlier, I dont think thr is a chance too big!

desh said...

jai jawaan

jai kisaan

jai DADA

TheQuark said...

i guess cricket still has that potential, it is a time of turmoil. the age of renewal just like we had a moribund period when oldies where going and people like sachin and dada came into scence, only difference is the media hype

cricket is loosing its idyllic charm of a game of skill to a game of raw brute power

Waise do you have an idea when did we changed over from Indian cricket team or indian team to team india?

Anand said...

Desh & Naresh,
We never know. I have a feeling, looking at all around me, that the game might just regain its lost status.

Quark,
Back in April, I too was wondering about this new "fashionable" Team India. Guess it's just no longer cool to call it the "Indian Cricket Team"

Melody said...

Yup, the T20 series was fabulous - would have been even if we didn't win.

But the way our boys are playing now!! Sigh, want to bury them again.

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