Life, Cricket and God…

Sport is Life and Test Cricket is probably the only sport that mimics life thoroughly. Everyone who has even been remotely associated with some Sport or the other knows how Mental toughness is much more important than physical excellence and Test Cricket is the ultimate Test of mental strength with the ability to stay focused even when it makes you yawn ,and hence the name.

One would certainly be hard-pressed to find another game that stretches on for five continuous days with so much physical skill and temperament involved. Which other game can bring out the exuberance of patient batting by Andrew Strauss and the flamboyance of Virender Sehwag in one single package?

George Bernard Shaw once said “The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity” and yes, the game meanders along for a really long time but so does life. The English in this match showed us what boredom really is! And I had the misfortune of seeing every ball they faced with zero aggression. They were so slow that Viru and even Mishra were gesturing to the crowd that they were dying in all the blade the English were putting without Manasatchi!

Life gives you shit, then everything that comes after it even if only slightly better feels like heaven and after two really gritty, patient and defensive innings from England and one totally insipid performance from India where we collapsed to a bowling attack with an off colour Monty and debutant Swann, came the awesome stuff. When it rains it pours and when Viru unleashed those breathtaking shots, the white buggers didn’t know what the hell hit them. You should have seen the English faces going wtf!! Lol !

And then, came God. Football gave us Maradonna, Basketball gave us Jordan and Cricket has given us Sachin Tendulkar. What commitment, skill, determination and love for the game even after all these years! The final day was just plain fucking legendary. Never will so many dot balls from Yuvi be cheered with such ferocity as he stopped eating away the runs that would allow God to score yet another hundred. Never will the entire stadium stand up for an hour and watch him play and erupt with joy for every run the legend scores. Never will so many plastic bottles be hit on the chairs to make so much noise. Never will the Barmy Army be surrounded by such freaked out Indians and stand in awe at the Chepauk’s amazing Crowd. And never will my throat be this sore after screaming the hell out for five days of amazing Cricket.



Another thing that I realized during this match is how awesome a bowler Freddie is. Man, he was the best with a line and length that rivaled McGrath and every time he ran in hard to bowl you cannot help but feel tensed at how the batsman is going to negotiate such fine bowling. And his stamina, phew, is he on steroids? When will our thayir sadham fast bowlers reach such levels of fitness ? And Strauss was amazing with two hundreds, a Dravid like performance that was so awesome that we did not know when he had scored a hundred runs because all I saw was dot balls when he faced, test cricket at its patient best. But the match was rightfully ours, for taking our chances; for Viru’s magnificent batting, for Sachin cause well, he is God; for Yuvi , for his ability to come up with such a fine innings after the most abysmal batting performance by him in the previous day and for Dhoni, man he is one lucky guy. Everything he does, he seems to nail it. Engaeyo machham da avannukku.

And I missed Kumble a lot, and we are gonna struggle when we go abroad because he was only guy consistently taking wickets for us away from home, lets hope Dhoni’s moles help us with this one too.

Anyway final words, Sehwag weightu! Sachin God! Chennai, Namma Ooru Ultimate!

Test Cricket is the ultimate test simply because it remains the only sport where men like Inzi and Viru, the Thondhi fellows with a nonexistent fitness program who cannot even see their toes compete against the fit and athletic men like Yuvi and Freddie. Well actually there is another thing that pits men of such contrasting natures and abilities against each other, it is called Life.



The Indian Premier League

It has finally come to a dramatic end. The Final, What a match it was. Last ball finishes are always awesome. I was really surprised that CSK made it that far. Somehow I never got the feeling we were good enough and we lost all our foreign batsmen in the end. Crap planning I say, we really should have bought some more decent players. And we missed out on DK and Yomi, the best Tamil Nadu talents apart from Badri.

Anyway T20 has proved that even teams that don’t have a lot of quality can still do well if they play with a big heart and give their all. But just think how our team would have performed in a test tournament. Lol it would have been comedy. T20 is great but Tests really are the ultimate test of Cricketing Skill. There’s nothing like patiently watching a Test match for 5 days in the stands. Wonderful experience. T20 goes on for so little time it just doesnt feel like cricket at all. In the stands I mean, On TV it’s fine but there in the stadium, you go and get something to eat you miss out on a lot…

Anyway Warne was senstional and he deserved it fully. MS Dhoni is definitely the best captain in the country right now. But his coolness irritates me. Sometimes he’s like Thierry Henry, you score a magnificent goal you fucking celebrate man and not just stand around as if it was no big deal and when Dhoni does the same and doesn’t celebrate the things he should, it just doesn’t feel right. But the man’s a genius, hats off to him.

And the next year’s IPL won’t be having any caps on spending I guess, so the Cricketers are going to make more and more money, the Transfer market would definitely be set ablaze and the richest will go away with the best. Nice try but will it ever become as awesome as football? Only time will tell.