Story of a lost journalist

July 6, 2008

Asia Cup Finals, sorrows unleashed

Filed under: Just talking — Cris @ 23:38
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I haven’t done this in a long time. No, I am not talking about writing my blog. I mean watching a cricket match. Can’t say I did a good job today either cause I dozed off after the 10th over (to wake up after the 20th, I aint that bad!). Still let’s see how much I followed. For cricket lovers this should be a source of amusement, for non cricket lovers this should be hmm, ok no other word for it – amusement.

I messaged a friend to know which channel would show me the final match of Star Asia Cup, 2008. And miraculously I found the channel. Star cricket. I appreciated my brilliance. Relating star cricket to star cricket, that was a stroke of genius. So apparently India won the toss and chose to field. And apparently this was a bold decision, meaning in plain English an unwise choice. But it didn’t seem to be when Sri Lanka lost the first wicket in the second over. And when more wickets were falling down regularly.

The only problem was Mr Rock Man refusing to budge from the crease. I am talking about Sanath Jayasuriya of course. The earth may stop revolving, the sun may stop rising, but Jayasuriya wasn’t going to stop batting. He batted and batted on and on for 114 balls and ladies and Gentlemen, he had the nerve to make an appalling 125 out of that! The guy had some nerve! But then people can’t blame him. That’s what rock men were sent to the Earth for, to stand like rock. Rahul Dravid I remember used to belong to this tribe when I last knew him. Unaware of his recent rock-adventures I can’t testify further on this.

Anyway, even with Mr RM holding tight and a guy called Dilshan coming and taking a decent 56, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh and Irfan Pathan limited Sri Lanka to 273. All out in 49.5 overs. I shouldn’t forget Sehwag. He did a good job with his ball and his bat today. With his ball he only took a wicket but he had an econ of 3.48 when his mates moved to 6 or more.

So what then happens? Everyone was probably saying that Dhoni knew what he was doing. He chose to field and see how he didn’t let them cross 280. He is a man of decisions, that’s what. I said it too. No one can blame him for the fate he was about to witness. I watched in awe as Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir went to bat and started off so smoothly. I felt all the need to hold a bat myself and do one of those splendid square cuts to the off side, with one leg in the air and my perfect timing rather than power taking the ball to the fence in seconds. Sehwag hits Chaminda Vaas 4 fours in an over and takes India to 27/0 at the end of 3 overs. Wow oh wow. Run rate of 9. I calculated busily. We could hold that brilliant cup in our hands at the end of 31 overs. Yummy, that was yummy. I appreciated myself for watching the match for I knew it was my watching the match which was actually working all the tricks for them. By themselves, they were just a wild savage pack. But under my watchful eyes, they triumph!

Blink! Power failure at our house. Oh dang. I will probably miss the best shots in the 15-over field restriction, I moped. Looks like I was not disappointed. When I next laid my eyes on that green field packed with men in blue, dark and light, the score was 84/3! At the end of 12 overs! 3??? 3??? I kept asking myself that. But that didn’t seem to change that 3. It just stood there like another rock. Probably something Jayasuriya had to do with! But no, this time it was this new material called Mendis who was causing all the trouble. Sehwag like I say did a splendid job of 60 from 36 balls. Good man Sehwag. Who else was gone? I searched. GG was gone. So was Yuvraj. And Yuvraj was bowled in 2 minutes after he came to the field! I take my eyes away for 30 minutes and this is what they do! Disgusting!

So while I saw Dhoni and Raina taking things up, I moved away again. I had faith in them. But that was a huge mistake. Cause my moving away has now taken another 2 wickets off the ground. So at the end of 20 overs we were 105/5. As if 3 wasn’t bad enough! Ok Dhoni was still there. And with him now was Robin Uthappa. I knew this guy. He was a 20-20 star. We could still do it, I knew it.

But even under my watchful eyes, the wickets were falling one after the other. It was like pushing one cycle at the end of a pack of cycles. One will push the other and the pushing will propagate till the last cycle. This was happening now and pretty soon we had 8 wickets gone. Dhoni held on. The poor captain. My heart went out to him. I still and always have hope till I hear the match is over and they throw me out of the stadium. Ok I was in my house. But I could feel the stadium tensions in my nerves. Actually it was more like the stadium disappointment. The match was pretty much decided in the minds of most cricket fans. I however am a pathetic believer of miracles and keep looking for last minute unexpected wonders to pop up in front of my eyes.

I waited. Only to see the poor skipper lose his mid wicket in an inner edge that man Vaas had pulled at him. One short of half century, and all short of victory the man walked out in total despair. The last two at the tail end, Ishant Sharma and this new guy stood longer than expected. My miracle-searching eyes were still watching each ball, telling the guys to just stay till the last ball whatever happens. I remember Srinad and Kumble once pulling a stunt like this in one of those old S-Tendulkar only days of the past. Seems the message didn’t get through. Maybe Pakistan was not so near as I thought it’d be. So the last wicket is taken and India is all out for 173. Mendis the Menace had taken 6 wickets and given a mere 13 runs in his 8-over spell! Horrendous! Smiles appear in every SriLankan face as they jump and run around the ground. Indians walk back. Dejection. Sorrow. Despair.

So one cup lost. We will just wait for the next. For cups, they tell me come in plenty these days. Hmm time to switch my interest from writing to cup making.



  1. Anyway, I read till the end, although I don’t know the ABCD of cricket :-S so, iriykkatte oru comment… oru vazhiykku pokuvallae!

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 7, 2008 @ 00:38 | Reply

  2. I went for movie after 20 overs 😀 I ‘predicted’ the fate !

    Comment by Srijith — July 7, 2008 @ 00:52 | Reply

  3. @Tedy – that is blasphemy, cricket flows (rather, is supposed to flow) through the veins of all Indians. You HAVE to know cricket or give up your citizenship.

    Comment by Anoop John — July 7, 2008 @ 01:08 | Reply

  4. @Anoop – on the corollary, I have proved that one can live a grand Indian life without even caring for cricket 😉

    It used to be tough in those days when doordarshan was the only channel available, and they used to let cricket encroach all those good regular programmes – but with cable TV in, life has been so good for years together, with cricket not being forced upon you!

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 7, 2008 @ 01:15 | Reply

  5. Sacrilege, Blasphemy – Call the high priest and take this infidel and all his alter egos to the altar of MCG and take him through the atonement rites by having him watch one of the test matches there 🙂

    Comment by Anoop John — July 7, 2008 @ 01:31 | Reply

  6. MCG? Monkey Control Group?
    test match..? what is being tested there..? human patience? or whether the match itself, whether it can me held somewhere else?
    or… are these something related to cricket..? :O

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 7, 2008 @ 02:16 | Reply

  7. uh? did someone just mention me..?

    Comment by Arián Kenobi — July 7, 2008 @ 02:19 | Reply

  8. me too, Arián… thought someone just mentioned me!

    Comment by Reia Organa — July 7, 2008 @ 02:21 | Reply

  9. I think I forget to ask to gag him, and maybe handcuff too. Yeah take his alter egos too. Let them watch and learn.

    Comment by Anoop John — July 7, 2008 @ 02:35 | Reply

  10. […] Sri Lanka won the Star Asia Cup 2008 Finals against India. Short summary – India won the toss and elected to field. Sri Lanka was all out for 273, Jayasuriya taking a marvelous 125. Indian bowlers did not fare too well but kept the wickets falling with Ishtant Sharma and R P Singh taking 3 wickets each, Pathan 2 and Sehwag 1. Indian batting collapsed after a great start from Sehwag and Gambhir. Sehwag’s 60 and Dhoni standing till the end taking 49, did not help for wickets kept falling one after the other and India was all out for 173 in 37 overs. A little bit more in my personal blog entry today here. […]

    Pingback by Cris Reports! » Blog Archive » World on July 6, 08: Cris Reports — July 7, 2008 @ 04:25 | Reply

  11. aa good writing. Comparing Jayasoorya and Dravid is like comparing apples and oranges. Dravid does a complete strucural analysis of the ball before playing it while Jaaysoorya just stands and attempts to change the structure of the ball.
    Playing Murali yesterday was a cakewalk yesterday when compared to playing Mendis. He is going to be a legend.
    If you watched cricket yday you missed the greatest match of all time in a ny sport unfold on the courts of Wimbledon.

    Comment by justajester — July 7, 2008 @ 10:13 | Reply

  12. @Tedy, Anoop John, Arian Kenobi and Reia Organa have fun with the test cricket watching and the rest of the plan you guys have in mind 🙂

    @Srijith, sigh I should learn to accept things sooner too I guess

    @justajester, that was a nice comparision :-). Yeah Dravid and Jayasuriya are two different rocks, with how they use their bat, I meant their tenure in the grounds was longer than the ordinary man’s. And sad, but I dont follow Tennis. 😦

    Comment by Cris — July 7, 2008 @ 10:59 | Reply

  13. Good one 🙂
    After the Twenty20 mania, i find it hard to concentrate for the full 50 overs…so i checked the score only when the federer-rafa match was interrupted by rain. And needless to say, I was horrified by the score.

    Comment by Philip — July 7, 2008 @ 15:48 | Reply

  14. @Nikhil – CHU-nte tharakkallu nammukku thiruvanthorathinte hrudayathil thanne sthapichhu kalayaam!

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 7, 2008 @ 20:14 | Reply

  15. @Tedy
    Veruthe irikkunnna kure DYFI,AIYF,Yuva Morcha kaareyum, pinne muthu naracha ungle-auntie maarulla KSU,SFI kaareyum kootam.
    Paisa koduthal mathy 😉

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — July 7, 2008 @ 20:17 | Reply

  16. I haven’t seen a match for a long time now. What came to my mind on reading this is.. our who will be the first to give the 2 rings? game :). I miss those times dear!

    Comment by rose — July 8, 2008 @ 02:07 | Reply

  17. @Nikhil and @Tedy, let me know the day you inaugrate the CHU. I am going to declare Hartal and shout protests in the lines of “boo boo Nikhil, boo boo Tedy, boo boo boo”

    @Philip, yea the Twenty-20 kinda gets to you. Easier to keep track. But then if we followed that logic noone would have watched Test matches when there are ODIs hehe

    @rose, oh yes I remember those days so well. One boundary or even the sound of bat hitting ball and the 2 of us would race to the phone to give the first missed call!

    Comment by Cris — July 8, 2008 @ 23:17 | Reply

  18. @Cris
    Hartal nadathiye adangoo alle??
    @Tedy , Note this point my honor! Namuk satrukkal und.

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — July 8, 2008 @ 23:53 | Reply

  19. @Nikhil – Let’s leverage on her hartal! We’ll canvas her to purchase our managed IT solution for high-performance hartals! Oru vediykku randu pakshi!! CHU, and CHU run cheyyaanulla funds too!! 😉

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 9, 2008 @ 02:39 | Reply

  20. @Tedy
    Like this attitude. Shatruvine povum mitramakkunna reeti.
    We can do more dude!
    Infrastructure Management-enthaayalum jure saadhanam Cris thalli polikkum, so will need new infra
    Information Management: Hartal aahvaanam to be passed on at the shortest notice and creating a sense of fear amongst denizens
    And yes Manages Services um und…..
    Lets start up!!! Hartal Inc! Zindabad!
    PS: @Ms.Cris If you feel I have joined Tedy in spoiling your comments section, yes. 😉 You may delete these comments.

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — July 9, 2008 @ 09:49 | Reply

  21. @Tedy and Nikhil, feel free to carry on with the healthy discussion 🙂 I am interested to see where this is going.

    Comment by Cris — July 10, 2008 @ 22:33 | Reply

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