Vantage point

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Currently experiencing a mixture of exhilaration and disappointment. Exhilarated because India beat Pakistan so convincingly and now we go into the Super Six with a comfortable number of points. Disappointed because I did not expect such a tame surrender from the Pakistan team. Was expecting a humdinger, but like the last 3 World Cups, this time too it was a one sided win.

Everyone in the media was going gaga talking about how Shoaib Akhtar said he would target Sachin Tendulkar. Everyone, not just in the media, but all around me as well, was talking about Shoaib targetting Sachin. Turned out no one had thought about Sachin targetting Shoaib.

Remember in the movie "Jerry Maguire", when Dorothy listens to Jerry give a whole speech about how he loves her and in the end says "You had me at 'hello'"?

Right now, the Pakistan team must be saying to India, "You had us at 27/0".

The world's second most overrated bowler (most overrated - Brett Lee) was bludgeoned in his first over, going for 18, including a huge six that landed in the stands. The score read 27/0.

The match was over! Pakistan's chances were dead!

Then a few nails were hammered into the coffin.

Nail 1- Waqar brought himself on in the 4th over and was cut for a six (LOL, 2 of the 3 bowlers of the 'world's most fearsome attack' were cut for sixes) by Sehwag.

Nail 2 - Shoaib's ball, came firing at 153 kmph, was dispatched for a straight drive by Kaif, for what was, according to me, the four of the match.

Nail 3 - After Sachin was dismissed, Yuvraj came to the centre to face Shoaib, whose "tail was up", according to Rameez Raja. He comes charging in, and bowls a yorker at 159 kmph (99.4 mph), which Yuvraj nonchalantly flicks to the midwicket boundary. Yuvraj starts at 4 off 1 ball.

Now that this pesudo-war is behind us, let us concentrate on more important matters, like winning the World Cup.