Well, the world cup fever is all gone! Every Indian (I count only those that are cricket fans here) is so happy and proud not only for the team lifting the WC but also for making all the knock-out matches so thrilling and entertaining. Thanks to the ICC group for keeping these matches day-night as I could only watch them after 10 pm IST.
I had personally lost interest in following cricket soon after few of the Indian team members caught in match-fixing and also when the team's performance was really not up-to-the mark. Dhoni was getting popular then with his batting and hair styles. Remember seeing hoardings of his Mysore Sandal soap commercials in the Central station when hubby and I boarded a train to Munnar. If at all I liked 'that' kind of a hair style, it was only Dhoni's. This time when I saw him on the TV, I was shocked to see that he had shed that extra hair and also his batting performance( He scored only singles in most of the matches). Does not matter, he proved that he is the MAN, he is the CAPTAIN on April 2nd, a date that the Indians will not forget for sometime from now.
When it was 30 required from 30 balls my blood pressure was sure high as the credit history of our men's mental strength is very poor but when Yuvraj and Dhoni each sent the ball to the ropes, it was very evident that Dhoni's men were going to lift the WC. I read all reviews - the one on the front page, many many on the sports column on the penultimate page of The Hindu and I missed to note one thing everywhere. Every Indian knew India will be the champions of 2011 around the 46th over but what was so enthralling was the six that came from Dhoni on the last ball - I felt it was the best gift that the skipper gave to his men and the country. I am sure the spectators at Wankhede would have witnessed the best hit of the day!
PS: Very happy that this post comes in April, the month I started my blog last year. Sometimes I wonder "yaarume illatha kadayila tea aathareno" but Thanks to Major Sir, Krishna, Renga and others who encourage me to keep writing. Please do continue to visit here and leave your comments :)