Scenes from Yesterday’s Match…

I am true Indian Cricket fan! I have strong emotions every time India wins a match. I have strong emotions every time India loses a match. I can enter into fierce arguments about Tendulkar, Dada, Dravid & Co. I would like to be the judge on shows like “Match ka Mujrim kaun” or wotever crap every news channel dishes out. And thats precisely the reason why I don’t blog about cricket too often. Management Consulting, if nothing else, teaches you to be consistent. And my passion for the game is hardly rational, making my arguments hardly consistent! 😉

Now, why am I writing this post? Because, I loved the last 9-10 overs of the match that I saw yesterday. Yeah! I was lucky yesterday to have got the final 9-10 overs to see! 🙂

And I won’t be writing about the great scoreline, amazing batting performances, Yuvraj’s bowling, and things like that. I just loved three scenes at the end of the match –

1. Yuvraj came running towards Uthappa after he had scored the winning runs. And the sheer joy on his face, his excitement, and his feeling of relief were unmatcheable. Thats not something that you see everyday.

2. Dravid welcoming/congratulating everyone at the stairs. I don’t know how many people noticed Dravid-Uthappa scene. Uthappa’s body language was one of a warrior who had just won a big battle, and at the same time, it was shouting – “See! I did it. Do you believe me now?”. Now, both Dravid and Uthappa play for Karnataka and Dravid would probably be the biggest believer of Uthappa’s abilities, whatever they are. But it was one of the longest hugs I’ve seen recently and a hug that was seeking reassurance from the captain.

3. A BEAMING Sachin Tendulkar talking to Artherton. It was pure happiness on his face. I love those faces. Its difficult to reach that state of mind when you don’t feel anything but happiness. I think Sachin was there. He was “Happy”! Good to see that, isn’t it. It automatically increases your longevity as a player.

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