Cricket: A Great Passion — Chapter 1
At the age of 12, I started watching cricket due to this man.
Yes, it isn’t THE GOD OF CRICKET, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. May be most of the people, in India or in Cricket, started playing or watching cricket due to the HIM (Mr. Sachin Tendulkar). However it took the most fearless batsman/cricketer (Mr Virender Sehwag) ever played cricket (at least at the international level) to make me sit in front of a television to watch a cricket match (watching a cricket match was too boring for me at that time & age). His swag, attacking style, destructive attitude on a cricket pitch, off drives, square cuts, upper cut over the third man for six (Sehwag taught that to others and other copy it then & now), flick over square leg — helped me to inject cricket in my mind, body & soul.
It was Sep, 2002 — Champion Trophy when I first time saw him against the cricket team of Zimbabwe trying to destroy career of well established international bowlers like Heath Streak, Douglas Hondo, Sean Ervine, Ray Price & Others. His blistering knock of 36 ball 48 (including 8 Fours) got me weak at the knees. And my journey with a great passion like cricket started. I started following him, cricket & watched the whole tournament till the 2 finals. Yes there were 2 finals because first one got washed out due to rain.
ICC Champions Trophy, 3rd Match: India v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Sep 14, 2002 14 September 2002 - day/night match…www.espncricinfo.com
With help of Dravid’s 71 off 81 balls (including 6 Fours), Kaif’s almost a run a ball 111* (including 8 Fours & a Six), Zaheer’s 4–45 in 10 Overs, Couple of wickets from Tendulkar, Economical bowling by Indian bowlers, Great display of team batting, bowling & Fielding & A fantastic team effort undone the great knock of 145 by the great Andy Flower & got team India home by 14 runs.
ICC Champions Trophy, 11th Match: England v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 22, 2002 India won by 8 wickets (with 63 balls…www.espncricinfo.com
In the next match, England put up a good score of 269 in 50 overs by a good effort from Middle & Lower order batsmen including a blistering knock of 68 balls 82 by Ian Blackwell. However, Sehwag entered the cricket ground as Lord Yama (The God of Death) when he came to bat with Sourav Ganguly. He didn’t just hit the ball but he actually wanted the revenge that English ruled over India for approx. 200 years. So he started to punish the English bowlers for it. He wanted to kill the careers of those English bowlers i.e. the great Andy Caddick, Ashley Giles, Matthew Hoggard & Others and most probably he actually did achieve so as he went on to score 126 off 104 balls (including 21 Fours & a Six) before hitting a low full toss into the hands of the bowler, Ian Blackwell at the score of 192 in 28.4 overs. With nothing much left to do for Indians (78 runs off 134 balls) with 9 wickets in hand — India achieved that target in 39.3 overs & won by 8 wickets with help of Sourav’s 117 off 109 balls (including 12 Fours & 3 Sixes) & a 71 run partnership between Sourav & Sachin.
ICC Champions Trophy, 1st SF: India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Sep 25, 2002 25 September 2002 - day/night match…www.espncricinfo.com
Big match of the tournament, the first Semi-Final between India & South Africa. India made a decent target batting first of 261 in 50 overs with good scores from 3 batsman — Virender Sehwag 59 off 58 balls (including 10 Fours), Rahul Dravid 49 off 67 balls (including 2 Fours) & Yuvraj Singh 62 off 72 balls (including 6 Fours). The match was getting away from the hands of Indians when Herschelle Gibbs got retired hurt when SA was at a score of 192 in the 38th over of the match (after a partnership of 178 runs between Gibbs & Kallis). And then a window opened for Indian Spinners, Harbhajan Singh & Virender Sehwag. Harbhajan took 2 quick wickets in the next over off Jonty Rhodes & Boeta Dippenaar. And now SA needed to score 67 runs off 66 balls with 7 wickets in hand including injured Gibbs. Runs dried up for SA batsman including well settled Jacques Kallis & they required 21 off last over in which they only managed to score 10 runs & lost 2 more wickets to Virender Sehwag ending up losing by 10 runs to Indians.
ICC Champions Trophy, Final: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 30, 2002 30 September 2002 - day/night match (50…www.espncricinfo.com
Yes both finals got washed due to rain. India just had to chase 245 in the first final & 223 in the second one but both got washed so India & Sri Lanka shared the trophy. However, I discovered my great passion for cricket from the Man of Swag: Virender Sehwag & this cricket tournament. It was heart breaking that India couldn’t win it & had to share the trophy with Sri Lankan Cricket Team. But Lord Indra (The God of Rain) had some other plans & came in the way of India & this champions trophy.
Well there is more I have to say, there is more I have to write about my passion for the sports — Cricket. But then to write all in one blog post is going to be too much for me (a newbie blog writer) as well as may be for you too. So I have to decided to make this into a series of blog posts. Will come up with the new chapter soon.
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