Congratulations INDIA....T20 World Cup Champions
WOW..What a game, what an event. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/7009035.stm)
Was lucky enough to a 'working at home' day today so that I could watch the T20 final. Could it be poised any better, India v Pakistan, 20 overs each, 3.5 hours of pulsating cricket.
I lived through all the emotions today, firstly I saw India have a solid start, then the wickets started falling, the newcomer Pathan was a bit poor but he did his part. For me the poorer performance was was Uthappa who has not really performed in batting. Then Yuvraj came in and I held my breath for some sixes..but alas these were missing as he also looked out of form. Trying to set a target of 180 we were falling well short with only Ghambir hitting any runs of notice and then being backed up by Rohit Sharma towards the latter stages. A target of 157 was easily gettable on a pitch that was doing nothing. But I thought to myself, if RP Singh can bowl to his best there is always a chance, and the pressure would tell on a young Pakistan team.
The India starting bowling and I felt I was able to tell the future with RP Singh being in fantastic form, taking quick wickets. Unfortunately we also had Sreesanth in our team, who seemed to have used all his skill against Australia. Being hit for 21 off his first o ver, I thought this was it.
What unfolded over the next 18 or so overs was nothing short of breathtaking. We had run-outs (Uthappa redeeming himself), we had off stumps flying all over, we had the usual Indian team giving away a bucketful of extras. A few moments stood out, Afridi, walking onto the pitch, me crossing my fingers he did not get too many runs, two balls later he is caught. Sreesanth turns to being a semi-god again. Danger man gone but then more stress. What was Harbhajan doing bowling weak deliveries. His over against Australia got us to the final but this time, 3 sixes in one over and it should have been a walk in the park for Pakistan.
The stress went to the final over and after a wide, dot, a six, we had a hit at a ball that came from the hand of god. Straight to someone who had now turned into a god...Sreesanth. What a game, what a finish, 3 balls left, 5 run victory over the arch enemy.
What a game, and also played in what spirit. The parliament of both countries should watch this game, the friendship of the two nations was something to behold, especially after the finale. Pakistan were not sore losers and it was good to see, credit where credit was due, it took two teams to create this spectacular of an event.
Well India had won, this team as the commentar mentioned had not realised their new status in the hearts of all Indians. The money offered to them by the BCCI would give them some indication of their supreme eing status in India. Yuvraj picking up 1 crore will be extremely happy no doubt, and no doubt his dad has fired off more bullets in India (http://cricket.indiatimes.com/Fans_rejoice_as_Yuvi_lights_up_T20/articleshow/2395069.cms).
The most impressive person no doubt was Dhoni. What carisma, he plays with a smile all the time and I think that helps him and his team. You can see that life is more important to him and that relaxed attitude has definitely played a big part in the success on India. He has extreme trust in his players and what them to better themselves rather than focus on the bigger picture, I think he is going to impress everyone in many years to come..mark my words.
Well as the news channels are all filled with fireworks, dancing and celebrations, again I say congratulations to India. Hopefully then can continue in this vain and look to replace the ageing Australia side as the best team in the world and stay there for years to come. We do not want this to be just a flash in the pan, it needs to be built upon and moved forward.
A final word of thankyou to Pakistan, again they played extremely well and I see many future bettles between these two great young teams.
Chak de India....
Just one question? Who does Shah Rukh Khan support?? Maybe we will touch on this in my next blog.