Annnddddd we won!!! As the nation rejoices, here are a few reasons why I thought yesterday was a photo finish:
1) The Gambhir and Virat partnership. Those runs were well required at the stage where they played.
2) The stability of MS Dhoni. In my eyes, Dhoni is the hero of the match and of the series. His speech at the end said it best and silenced all those critics who were questioning his scores this tournament. People – its not his inability to hit why he didn’t. It was him playing the role of a responsible captain, ensuring they reached where they did – the finals. His stepping in higher in the order in the final match and providing the stability that he did at the same time as scoring the required high score proved once and for all that the man with the golden touch is not just plain lucky.
3) The absolutely fantastic way to end the match. How anti climatic would it have been to have taken singles and ended the world cup final that ways. The final 6 that Dhoni hit was to make a statement…and make a statement it did!!
4) The sudden patriotism that emerged overnight. So we all knew that cricket is religion in India. But never in my 28 years of existence have I seen celebrations like I saw yesterday. The country came out on the roads as if we had won the world war!! The firecrackers rivalled those that were burst on Diwali this year!!
5) The respect given to Sachin. Fantastic maturity shown by the team in dedicating this win to the man who played diligently and exceptionally for 21 years! Virat Kohli summed it up perfectly when he said “I would dedicate this victory to the nation and Sachin Tendulkar. He has carried the burden of the entire nation for 21 years. It was our time to carry him on our shoulders after the match.”
6) The humility of MS Dhoni. In all the fanfare, holding Sachin on the shoulders during the lap and the speeches serenading Sachin, there was a man quietly standing and celebrating in a corner. MS Dhoni, the captain responsible for this historic win showed great maturity by not clamouring for the limelight and letting the legend have his moment of glory. It was almost a task to find Dhoni standing in a corner in the photo ops or while taking the lap. You’re the man MSD!!
7) 2 Generations apart. Our first world cup was won in 1983 just an year after I was born. And it took one entire generation…for Nyda to be born for us to win the 2nd World Cup after 28 years!!!
All this from a self confessed cricket unenthusiast (if there is such a word) !! The World Cup made a convert even of me