It is only fair that I bring a logical conclusion to my previous”plundering thunder” post, by talking about the grand finale. I walked into my 8 AM training session in Las Vegas on Monday morning, sort of oblivious to the fact that I am in a different time zone and not realizing that the T-20 final is underway at the New Wanderers stadium. This guy on my table, let us say Ranjit, gets introduced to me and has a smile on his face the meaning of which sank in only later.
His first question to me was “Do you follow cricket?”. And I go, “Oh....yeah..I forgot all about the final. What is the score?”
A few minutes later, the facilitator had actually commenced the session and we were still busy clicking refresh. Down to the last over – 6 balls and 13 runs with one wicket in hand. Then Ranjit told me India had won. There was cheer around that table – incidentally there were 5 Indians just on that table and there were some high-fives exchanged.
I was able to watch the highlights in youtube. Somehow this version is addictive and may be the right answer to popularize the sport in Americanized parts of the world. But really, do we need to? Even if the answer is “NO” (in my mind it is), I guess there is some charm to the fast paced action that happens on the ground. This being the first world cup of its kind, the teams were trying to figure out the flow of the game and the strategies needed. Very exciting to be watching a new version of an old game evolve right in front of us.
Dhoni has been very impressive in his post-match press meets and in his interviews. Comes across very matured and has been able to speak his mind without being crass. Let us hope he has a long future as the captain of this outfit.
Shoaib Malik – What the heck was he thinking when he apologized to fellow Muslims? Why on earth would fanatics like him try to link a game like cricket with religion and assume that if Pakistan plays, then all muslims around the world “will” support them? Is some kind of terroristic fanaticism creeping into cricket as well? ICC has to yet again act on something swift. It may just be the Pakistani team that needs some clipping. The fact that they lost, clearly shows that their god does not like them winning. A fair enough logic right?
They must be sinners in their own god’s eyes. Well, for whatever its worth, I hope someone nips these religious quips and quirks & lunatic flakes like Shoaib in their buds, before the game takes a blow.