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I watch almost all possible sports, and with my limited knowledge, I pen down a bit of my thoughts !!! Hope you’ll have fun.. Once again.. No hard feelings… :P
Every football fan’s dream would be to watch a live football game. This dream of mine was fulfilled a couple of weeks back when I went to watch the BFC game. Frankly, I did not know what to expect when I was on my way. I thought it would be like watching my college team play. I was so very wrong. Though the quality of the game was not like watching an EPL game, the intensity was very much there. It was just 6,900 odd people there for the first game that we went, but the atmosphere was bloody brilliant.
Everything you needed was there. A bunch of football crazy people watching the game. Chants for the home team and certain players. Boos and jeers for the visiting team. Abuses for the referee when a decision went the wrong way. Joyous celebrations when the home team scored. Yes, everything was there. The stage was set, Bengaluru FC versus Churchill Brothers. I had no idea what to expect, but the huge line at the ticket collection counter gave me hopes that the next couple of hours will truly blow my mind. Needless to say, “blow my mind” was a complete understatement.
Out of the numerous chants that one can hear in the stadium, a few of them stand out.
- “When the Blues go marching in” – Definitely a front runner for our new anthem.
- “He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants, Sunil Chhetri, he scores when he wants” – El Capitano proving his mettle game after game.
- “Who needs Batman, we have Robin” – in support of Robin Singh (our very own Balotelli maybe?)
- “Let’s go Johnson, let’s go” – every time BFC are awarded a corner, this chant definitely is heard.
The fans do definitely make a big difference to the game. This was evident from the gesture made by the players at the end of their last home game. A big banner thanking the fans, was carried by the players around the field. Sunil Chhetri’s intensity was clearly visible as he got the fans going with his BFC chant. The fans, or as they would call it #12thMan #BestFansEver , have brought life and inspired the team to perform better.
But it isn’t all about the chanting, and the atmosphere. The football is good too. Yes, we are not close to being compared to European football. But at times the stuff that happens on the field, lets you believe that football is very much on the rise in India. And with the kind of support that the BFC fans are dishing out, all one can truly say is “Namma Ooru.. Bengaluru !! Who are we?? BFC !!”
Amidst all the confusion and all the protests in Delhi, a great man bid adieu to ODI cricket. A man who single handedly carried Indian cricket on his back for over 2 decades. In a country where cricket is a religion, he is indeed the God. This generation has grown up watching this great man work his magic with the willow. A majority among us also had posters of him caressing the ball through the covers, or lofting the ball over long on for a maximum.
Just like every player, he had his purple patch. Just like some players, he came out of this purple patch all guns blazing. Just like very few players, he kept going on and on. And finally just like Sachin Tendulkar, he achieved greatness. There are very few records that this man has not achieved, whether it be in terms of individual runs, centuries, or even partnerships. I am not good with numbers or statistics, and I find no need to google it and find out, because frankly, one doesn’t need facts to comprehend his greatness.
There have been a lot of things that people have said about him in the past, praises and criticisms both included. Sir Don Bradman said that Sachin batted just like him. Hashim Amla said that nothing could happen to them on a plane in India if Sachin was on board. Mathew Hayden said that he has seen God, and he bats at No.4 for India. The icing on the cake should be when President Obama said that he watches cricket to see Sachin play just to try and understand why his country’s production goes down by 5% everytime he is batting. These are just some of the quotes I remember, and once again, there is no need to dig up stuff online to prove a point.
All said and done, I am not a die-hard Sachin fan. I respect him for all he has done, and I am glad that I was part of the generation that watched him play. The sole reason why I wrote this post, is just because of something I noticed yesterday. A lot of us have a lot of junk written in their own description, “sports fanatic”, “avid blogger”, “loves to eat”, etc etc. I happened to read his description. All it said was “Proud Indian”. That summed up his entire career, his entire life. All he wanted to be known as was a proud Indian, and that I am sure he is.
Many more brilliant batsman may come and go, but no one can quite take the place of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the greatest Little Man to walk a cricket pitch in an Indian jersey. Hats off to his class. Hats off to his humility. Hats off to his achievements. Hats off to HIM. #RESPECT
One of my friends brought this to my notice, and the first thing I thought of, was blogging about it. ADDICT!! Well, if any of you smoke out there, you will know that Gold Flake Kings has come up with a new pack. Nothing much has changed in it apparently, except for the fact that the deflated lungs in the front of the pack has changed. I was shell shocked when I saw the new picture. It’s a little blurred, but anyone who watches football will know that the person on that cover is none other than English and Chelsea captain “John Terry”.
I mean, seriously, did the ITC not get any other photo to put up? Forget the fact that he is not Indian. But if I am not wrong (which I am at most times), Terry does not smoke. So what’s with putting his pic up on a cigarette pack. Was it like my friend suggested, a simple google image search for a topless foreigner, or maybe sheer ignorance, or even worst case scenario, was it just a plain mistake. Oh, and I did miss out on the most possible (rather probable) cause, it isn’t John Terry.
I will not believe it though if someone tells me that it isn’t JT. It just looks so much like him. I guess I am still believing that this is just a mistake. So somebody please tell me, you think JT will sue? And if he does, smokers beware, you might just see the price of Kings increasing further. I wont tell Terry if you wont.
If any of you have any further doubts, I guess you can check for the dent on the right shoulder. Both pics !! Voila.. Its him.. But the question remains.. WHY??
There you go, India travels back from England with a test series whooping, a 20-20 battering and a one day series thrashing. The World Champions humbled at the hands of the English. Yes, we shall have a lot of excuses, starting from the tight cricket schedule to injuries to the Duckworth Lewis (which I still don’t understand) system. Let’s all get our facts straight.
Bear with me while I go through some dates. India travelled to South Africa mid December 2010, to face the Proteas in a series extending till late January. February marked the beginning of the World Cup, and I’m sure we all know what happened there. Well, that lasted till 2nd of April. Immediately after that was the IPL going on till the 28th of May. A week later the Men In Blue travelled to the Caribbean for another month or so and then travelled to England for this dreaded series. So that solves the doubts of packed calendar. But hey, whose fault is that?
Next in line is our injury list. Starting off with losing our frontline seamer Zak in the very first Test, and then came injuries to Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. I might be awfully wrong, but that is 7 of our best players. We got replacements for a few, but it really is tough to replace a Zaheer Khan or a Sachin Tendulkar. Never the less, the World Champions could have done a whole lot better. (One victory too much to ask for?)
Duckworth Lewis System, well I really don’t have much to say for that. I mean, that depends on sheer luck. No one expected a wet summer in England. Yet it rained cats and dogs. The D/L system played its role in handing India a defeat, and rain played spoil sport in the first ODI. Bad luck. Mother Nature really didn’t want us to win.
Another system that just came to mind is the Decision Referral System, popularly known as the DRS system (not to be confused with the DRS of Formula1). I never did like the idea of the DRS. I just believe that it spoils the beauty of the gentleman’s game. A little bit of batsman’s luck, a little bit of umpire error, that is what I prefer to see. Anyways, what is the use of such a system if the decisions are going to be wrong eventually inspite of them being referred. They should see the DOCOMO add, Keep It Simple Silly.
Add to all this, Michael Vaughan’s Vaseline controversy, and what more do you need. Man, you should have seen Michael Vaughan’s Timeline on Twitter on that day. Abuses in all possible Indian languages and criticisms of all sorts. He just can’t keep his mouth shut now, can he?
Let us not forget our only silver lining Rahul “The Wall” Dravid. He had a wonderful series, hit 3 continuous 6’s in his first and last T20, and hit a 69 (no pun intended) in his last ODI innings. India bids farewell to their best No.3 batsmen from limited overs cricket.
India came to England with a billion hearts praying for Sachin’s century of centuries. Before the start of play today, we were left praying for atleast one victory.
But all I can think of is one person. That guy who came in that ad before the Indian England series saying “you never beat us.” GGRRRRRR