Saturday, March 24, 2007

Retiring at 25...


From the last 4 years it was Vision 2007..
There were 6 players with more than 10,000 runs in WC. 3 of them formed the backbone of Indian batting.
World’s 2 top spinners were part of the bowling line up.
There were no injuries/ doping/match fixing/killing of coaches/scandals.
There were hopes, dreams, wishes and support of a billion people.

Yet the Indian team returns after just 10 days of a near 50 day event.

23rd March, already a sad day in the history of India – Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were martyred And India Lost World Cup 2003 finals on this day – became sadder.
The highest scorer in world cup out on a duck in his last world cup match.
The explosive wicket keeper who has the country running after him – first ball duck.
The wily spinner who couldn’t get a wicket.

It was a sad, depressing ending to the campaign.
But I am sure soon, everything will be forgotten.. India will come back, take revenge from Bangladesh and everyone will be a hero again…
It will be for many many people… but not for me.. Cricket, for me got out when that ball went through Sachin’s defenses. It can never be the same again.
I don’t know when Sachin will retire from playing the game but I have retired from watching it. There would be no more cricbuzz in Office.. no more sitting for 8 hours to watch each and every ball.. no more fighting to get tickets to the stadium.
Something died inside me yesterday. It was craze, passion... something…

P.S: Some of the optimists might say that India can get into Super 8 if Bermuda beats Bangladesh. But think of it. Would it be worth watching even if this happens??

13 comments:

Vishesh said...

One cannot cricket out of an Indian. Trust me, this disappointment from Indian performance, its just a phase. You'd be watching the next series for sure ;). Sigh...and look on

PS: Bet a lot of wives would be secretly celebrating the Indian loss :). Baak to Saas Bahu soaps

Anonymous said...

well as you always say: mushkilein hai to hosle hain, hosle hain to manzilein hain, manzelien hain to vishas hai...
may be some other time!!

rOmpy said...

Dude...
i think we used to give each other much better fight when we used to play in front of ur star garage...

What ever has happened is really heart breaking....

ravs said...

I share the same sentiments dude...Its very disappointing and probably i wont watch cricket again in my whole life time.

Cuckoo said...

Hmmm...

I think the Indian team believed in saying "Love thy Neighbour" i.e. Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh. Good that Pakistan was not in their group.

KT said...

well join the club....

I had quit when India lost to Srilanka in the semi's in Kolkata....

and I expected yesterday to act as a comeback reason for me to watch cricket.. it was India Sri Lanka again....

but anyways its good that India lost.. I won't be tempted to watch match again and waste my 8 hrs on some game whose outcome is as easy to predict as ..... I can't think of any thing much easier....

let the indian cricket R.I.P.

santosh said...

You may have the best of stars and their stats (10000 runs and 500 wickets). But if the passion is not there, sadly these stats don't count (As most indian fans found out the hard way).
It's time we rate only the performance and not the big names.

SiD said...

@vishesh: no. it wont be the same. believe me!
and yes housewives must be happy !!

@anon: Only a WC win can bring the enthu back.. 4 years to go for that!

@rompy: heart breaking indeed..

@ravs: whole life - I dont know.. but me off it for some good time!

@cuckoo: Loving only neighbour?? what abt the pple of your country!!

@KT: ohh.. u r already in the club.. didnt know that!

@santosh: well quite right!! rate the performance... khair.. i wont be rating anything anymore

Fleiger said...

Now you know why I didn't want to comment on WC? Not that I can see future or anything, but I felt given recent performance, this was quite possible :(

SiD said...

@fleiger: sadly.. the possibi;ity became a reality :(

Amrut said...

Dude... You are right... God is no longer god, and CRicket is no longer my religion..

Fleiger said...

That's life, says Murphy... ;)

SiD said...

@amrut: bhai not completely true for me.. god still remains god...

@fleiger: Correct.. that's indeed hard reality of life!!