World Cup 2011- Winning Moments

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World Cup 2011 – A die-hard Indian cricket fan’s reaction

I am a die-hard cricket fan, has been watching and following this from the age of 10, the Passion which has been inherited from my father; I was born and brought up in a small village called TAADUVAI, in GUNTUR district on the banks of Krishna River, AP, where my father used to work as a teacher. I remember those days when my father bought the first Black & White Portable TV, the first one in that village, we don’t have the electricity connection to that village, my father bought a Battery, which was used in tractors in villages; he used to take that BATTERY to a near by MANDAL HEAD quarter called ATCHAMPET and used to charge it every week; if you charge it for 24 hours, you can use it for 8 hours continuously.

I was 6 when 1983 WC happened; whenever there was a cricket match, whole of the village used to gather in my house; it’s like a cinema hall, at that time I was young and doesn’t know what cricket is all about and even don’t know what the world cup was and how many teams will be in it. Once the matches r over, in the evening, my father used to tell me and I am the first spectator for his end match analysis 🙂 He is HARSHA BHOGLEY, SIDDU, SUNNY and Ravi in all him, he used to tell me how Kapil, Gavaskar, Mohinder etc used to play, how they won the World cup. I barely understood anything, however it became night sleeping stories for me, and I used to get into the sleep listening to my own father’s analysis in his own style  🙂

In 1987, when I was at the age of 10, WC came to Sub-Continent, the first match I saw was the match  against AUS, which we lost by just one run, I still remember how Sidhu and Srikanth played in that match, India slowly progressed in that WC, but finally Indian world cup campaign ended in the Semis against England. 

Slowly I got older and older, my Passion for cricket also gone greater, greater and greater……….

My passion for cricket used to make me watch most of the matches between 1987-1992, those r the days only DD is available and the DD commentary, especially the HINDHI one was comical and that’s how I even learned my Hindi as those r the days, there is no Hindi subject until SSC, so most of my HINDHI was from these cricket matches only. We used to wake up early morning 2AM to C cricket matches that played in AUS, NZ when India went to tour them, used to be awake in the nights when the matches played day and night in SHARJAH, this is where I got to get to know and tasted first time the ARCH rivalry between IND – PAK, where even INDIA’s flags were burnt on some days. 😦

There comes another world cup in 1992, one of the worst world cups India ever played, It only won 2 of its 8 matches, knocking it firmly out of contention for the semi-finals. India ended seventh on the table, above only Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

1996 WC is the first World Cup, which we started seeing the matches in the Color TV. India was the co-hosts of this 1996 Cricket World Cup along with Pakistan and Sri Lanka and was expected to perform well. This is the WC, where India played its QF final against Pak and the tensions were high and India beat them and entered into the SF to play with Sri Lanka. The SF against SL was one of the first matches I saw where crowds disturbed the match and ICC awarded the match to Sri Lanka. This is the match where Vend Kamble saw coming out with tears when India lost 7/22 to slump to 8/120 when the match ended abruptly.

Next is the World Cup 2003, 2007 where the Indians showed progress thru Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly, but very close to be champions in 2003, but not yet there. In 2007, India was thrashed in the 1st round.

There comes the WC 2011, India started well against Bangladesh, tied their second match against England, Won easily against Ireland , Netherlands , lost against South Africa, where they  lost their last 9 wickets in 9 overs, beat WI. There came the two cracker of games where India beat AUS in QF and PAK in SF and reached the final to meet Sri Lanka.
 
It’s April 02, 2011. The WC final between India and SL. For the 22 men who took the field today, it was probably the biggest moment of their lives, and it was all about stepping up and making it count. At the start of the game Zaheer did just that. At the end of his first spell, his bowling figures read: 5-3-6-1. The Indian bowlers were on the money and didn’t let the Lankans blaze away. A fine innings from Sangakkara and a master class from Jayewardene showed the world that it takes a lot of courage, temperament and skill to deliver when it matters the most. A good batting power play helped them post a mammoth score of 274. Mind you, chasing 275 in the final of a World Cup in front of 40,000 supporters and against a strong bowling attack was an easy task by no means.

Sehwag gone first and Sachin later, However after 28 yrs, we finally won the world cup again by beating all the prior world cup champions in this tournament to lift the cup woooohooooo. The biggest strength of this Indian team is having a captain who doesn’t care for history or records. Uncluttered mind.

No Jayewardene ton had ended in defeat. No World Cup final ton had ended in defeat. No home team had won the WC on their home turf until today. All history records broken and INDIA WON THE WORLD CUP and ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS OF ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011; against all odds, with little contribution from Sachin in the final, the Young Brigade has done it. Picture perfect send off to SACHIN on his last world Cup Match.

 

Looking at the following picture, it’s only fair to say, the Indian cricket is in the safe hands and on the strong Shoulders.


All these days, I had enough of my parents, uncles, etc, telling stories of Kapil and the 1983, This is my gen, I need to make stories too and yes, today I can make a story out on April 02, 2011, I don’t need to listen old 1983 stories now, I am part of this and now I will start telling the stories how india won the WORLD CUP in 2011 and wt we witnessed, the captain cool DHONI reserving his magic to the final, Young brigade winning the world, the self belief, the Guru Gary, Sachin’s contribution to this team for the last 20 years, his records, his profile, wt not?????

You want to understand New India? Go and visit India tonight. Pick any street corner. It’s like a   of joy and self-confidence. As Steve jobs says when u look back and connect the dots everything falls in place. For me Mohali and wankhede cause for double celebrations.

 

 

World Cup Funny Pictures

People were showing all sorts of innovations to depict their love, interest, fashion and innovation towards the World Cup 2011. Here are some pictures shared by a lot of my friends, Consolidating for fun. 🙂

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India-Pakistan semi-final ICC 2011 World Cup: Some History and Statistics

INDIA AND Pakistan, the two cricket crazy nations where cricket is like a religion, will meet in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30.

Make no mistake about it, this is bigger than the actual world cup final. The final will see two teams fighting for the glorious trophy. But this semi-final is about more than just a trophy. This isnt the average sports rivalry, It’s an outright war with national pride on the line. When all the smoke clears and all the dust settles, who ever wins this match for their team will be remembered by billions for years to come. Without a doubt this will be the biggest day of their lives and its the biggest stage they will ever have to achieve the ultimate goal a man has: have their name echoed through the centuries.

On this context, here is the history between these two teams in the World Cup so far.

This semi-final match will be the fifth encounter in a Cricket World Cup between the neighboring countries since 1992 Cricket World Cup. However, neither team has met in the semi-final nor final of any of the previous World Cup matches. India has never lost to Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup so far.

 

  1. In their first meet at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 4, 1992, during the 16th match of the Benson & Hedges World Cup, India won by 43 runs. In that match Sachin Tendulkar was named man-of-the-match for his all-round performance. He scored 54 runs and got the wicket of the dangerous left-handed batsman Aamer Sohail. 
  2. Both teams met for the second time in the second quarter final match of the Wills World Cup 1996 played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. India won that match by 39 runs and reached the semi final. Indian opener Navjot Sidhu scored 96 runs and Ajay Jadeja scored quick 45 runs in 25 balls in the last overs of the inning. Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble took three wickets each. Sidhu was announced man-of-the-match.
  3. India and Pakistan met for the third time in the Super Sixes of the ICC World Cup 1999 at Old Trafford, Manchester. On that match India defeated Pakistan India by 47 runs. In that match Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin played fifty-plus innings. Fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was declared man-of-the-match because he ensured that five Pakistani batsmen went back to the pavilion.
  4. For the fourth time, two arch rivals India and Pakistan met at SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa during the pool ‘A’ match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. With a quick fire knock by Sachin Tendulkar and a brilliant 50 by Yuvraj Singh, India won the match by six wickets. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 98 runs, was awarded with the man-of-the-match.

 Basically it’s the best batting line up in the world against one of the very best bowling attacks in the world. It’s gonna be mental!

Is Indian team Lacks that Killer punch or it’s just a perception?

After India has played their last two World Cup cricket matches against minnows the Netherlands and Ireland, India press, media and especially passionate Indian cricket fans started blowing up whistles saying India lacks KILLER Punch, killer instinct blah… blah……

In my opinion, defining the work “KILLER PUNCH” again depends on the Perception in which a person thinks.  Indian cricket fans were never satisfied with Indian Cricketers like PEPSI’s adv “YEH DIL MANGE MORE” :). Having to chase 191 odd runs in just 36 overs is not a mean achievement and it looks like most people wanted the Indian team to finish the game in 20 overs. This is not a pitch where BAN bundled out for 58 and WI finished in 15 overs. So circumstances matters………………….

Also Its the culture from where u have grown up also matters. By putting a finger at AUS,Sa and say we lack killer punch is also not fair. We Indians generally in every walk of our life plays safe first, settle down and then after some times, we tend to think and try to be innovative and aggressive. Indian cricketers are also part of the same society and never born out of society, so it wouldn’t be too much to expect a killer punch when the whole society itself lacks it and doesnt try to be aggressive.

At the end of the day, wt matters is whether your objective has been achieved or not. Strangely no team in this WC have shown that 100% superiority and expecting India to be a killer punch team is just a huge expectation and that’s where people say “Every body opinion matters” and every body is an expert when it comes to talking about CRICKET. 🙂

I can only hope it is conservative now and reserving its fire power for the big matches and as a strong Indian cricket supporter, all my hopes and support is with this team and yes, this team can do well moving forward……………

Is ICC right in throwing associate teams out of next worldcup?

After 13 days and 20 matches in the World Cup, there have been no major upsets baring Ireland has defeated England in a world cup record chase and world cup’s fastest century and hope that there is still hopes for more upsets.  

But in general, the top teams have, rather predictably, either piled up huge scores or taken quick wickets in comfortable wins against the Associates. On batting-friendly pitches in the subcontinent, high scores and run-rates were always expected to be the norm, but the starts haven’t always been as explosive as expected, and spinners haven’t been all that effective. Out of 20 matches so far, 14 have been decided by a margin of more than 75 runs, or by seven or more wickets with more than 40 balls to spare. In four games, the margin was 175 runs or more, and in two others, the team chasing won with more than 30 overs to spare. 

This raises the discussion does this cricket world cup requires associate teams playing or is ICC right in throwing minnows out of next world cup?

World cup may not require associate teams playing and choose alternatives for them to get exposure

One argument is the associate teams need to show consistently that they deserve the opportunities, look wt happened to Kenya, Zimbabwe. It took 15 years for SRILANKA to come to top spot, Bangladesh is the team who lost 29 ODIs consecutively, so one win here and there don’t deserve them to be in WC, may be ICC need to think a WC for associate teams and then ask the best 2 teams to be part in the actual WC, that makes the things interesting, not all Associate teams in WC.

Also the problem is when SL and Bangladesh came into centre stage, not many associate teams available and hence they got more opportunities at bigger level. Today, u have more and more associate teams and putting everybody into main WC centre stage only to drag the WC for months and baring one here and there a good match like ENG VS Ireland, most matches r one-sided and most of the times boring. There r no free meals in life and they need to learn in it in a hard way.

Can’t help by putting 20 teams in a cup like WC. got to believe, it has to be the best of bests that need to come in to the final WC, u need 4 or 2 associate teams, it’s up to ICC, but today, the transformation from an associate team to a Qualifying team is very much disappointed, barring SL who also took 15 years, No other associate team was able to prove that they deserves that transformation, so people wouldn’t to be so excited by these teams so early. Exposure doesn’t come by just playing in the WC straightaway. 

World Cup requires Associate teams, but limit the associate teams to certain number?

Another Argument is not most of the matches are one-sided and we will have to remember 2003 and 2007 where Kenya made it to the Semis which was not a fluke and Bangladesh and Ireland making to Super six stage which is not a fluke either, so we need their presence. Also taking this world cup into account Netherlands almost won over England and Ireland already showed that they are not to be taken for granted, so which leaves us with Kenya and Canada (seeing that Zim are full members of ICC and qualify automatically).

If one look at the number of one-day games these teams got to play with the full members of ICC (which is a big 0), how do they get exposure as they are not included in future tour programs and they keep on playing at associate level. Most think having 4 associate teams in a world cup is totally justified and necessary to make Cricket a global sport rather than a Commonwealth sport.  That is the whole reason ICC has a qualifying tournament for selecting associates to the cup!! Consistency is something that is achieved through more exposure for these teams… yes it took 15 years for SL to be considered favorites but they had their share off opportunities.. Most think ICC should help these countries to raise cricket infrastructure and also provide exposure through a stage like World Cup.  If these countries are not included into FULL TIME PLAYING and have not chance to play against full test nations then what is wrong in including them into World Cup as even FIFA world cup allows qualifiers to compete in world cups?

 Summary:

This debate will go on and both sides have a strong point. The schedules and who plays with who depends on the respective Boards and not with the ICC. ICC can only suggest fair plays. So if the Associates r not getting chances to play with FULL TIME PLAYING nations, it’s the problem with boards because commercial angle is there. Who will come to C a test match between IND and IRELAND and a ODI other than WC match between AUS and KENYA? So the solution, A teams and B teams need to play with these Associate teams. This has double side benefits, emerging players in FULL TIME PLAYING nations and Associate teams, both get exposures.

ICC’s decision not to allow associate teams in the next World Cup may not have a logic in it, but after this WC, they need to review the FULL TIME PLAYING nation status to KENYA and Zim. The way they r playing, they don’t deserve that status. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if arguments will arise that we don’t need West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe in the FULL TIME PLAYING nations list by looking at the way they are playing in the last 5 years. WI and New Zealand are not consistent and very much looked below par in the recent times; while Bangladesh shows glimpses of hope of improvement here and there, but mostly it’s not so impressive and Zimbabwe is completely pathetic.

So the best possible solution is between the two world cups which is a period of 4 years , there has to be a continuous system where the bottom 4 FULL TIME PLAYING nations need to change based on the performance in the WC, u don’t deserve to be a FULL TIME PLAYING nation if there r others who are deserving. 🙂 Like take that status away from Kenya and Zim (they r pathetic in the last 4 years and even in this WC) and give to the next 2 best nations, may be to IRELAND and CANADA, those comes best next to FULL TIME PLAYING nations in this WC.

ICC has a big job in hand, but is it ready to do it; it’s a big Question Mark? 🙂