I think everyone has written a post about the World Cup mainly to record for yourselves this momentous occasion. We did the usual – had friends over, drank, shouted, ate like pigs. And now i think i suffer from post world cup depression. Of course ir’s a real thing, if i lived in America, i could be treated for it. And the next person who tells me but IPL is coming no – will get a thwack on their head,
Anyway, the moments which stood out for me – recorded for the sake of my offspring, (who i hope wont have to wait 28 years or maybe they should have to wait??) was to see a country unite – By the only bond we have- CRICKET!!!
– Dhoni Expression when he hit the last six. The look in his eyes makes me get goosebumps – a realization to 1.2 billion of us – that yes
we they had done it.
– Dhoni running to grab the stump before hugging yuvraj
– Yuvraj and bhajji crying & Sachin & Dhoni’s moist eyes
– Every single cricketer dedicating their win to Sachin. Sachin being carried by the young ones. Kirsten being carried by the young ones
– Virat’s amazing one liner – “He has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years, it’s our turn to carry him”
– Dhoni’s speech at the presentation
The way this team performed in the last three matches is what B-school case studies are made up of:
The world cup was never just about Sachin’s performance. Yes Yuvraj and Sachin stood out, but Virat, Raina, Zaheer, Nehra, Munaf, Dhoni – everyone had a role to play. Ummm Sreesanth am leaving you out of this one though! It was about team work
Many a time it was about quiet confidence and not loosing your head in the face of a tough situation. When the whole world thought the world cup was a lost cause after we lost Sehwag and Tendular. Two young boys believed – Gautam and Virat. Look at how Raina didn’t lose his head during the Australia match.
It was about grabbing opportunities when they came your way. Raina on being chosen over Pathan in Australia, and made sure he became a mainstay in the team. Nehra on being dropped and being the butt of all jokes, & Munaf who was cursed for his run rate came back and how against Sri-Lanka. The ‘young’ Ashwin made his mark too. All of them justified Dhoni’s confidence on them. (except ummm Sreesanth)
It was about hard work and believing in yourself – Case in point Yuvraj Singh. He lost his flamboyant “I am too young for my own boots” image and became India’s mainstay.
And Dhoni (drool drool! doesn’t he look so handsome ever since he won the WC for us) – I mean what a captain…he never lost his cool, took brave decisions and made the God of cricket call him the best captain ever!
Dear Indian cricket team – i can’t thank you enough! While i enjoyed the match, the celebrations were the best part. India united for the first time maybe.This was like a dream come true!T We still pinch ourselves to see if it is true. We want to tell the cynics lay off for now. It is a big deal for us.
It’s something we will watch re-runs of forever!