A Date with Destiny at Mumbai – India are World Champions

Many years ago, a friend asked me why I spent so much time obsessing over a game which did not directly benefit me. To use his phrase, it did not ‘put food on the table’. In fact, it affected my studies, tested relationships with close ones and on a broader spectrum, decreased an entire nation’s productivity. This game had the ability to influence the mood of a country and yet, at the end of the day, apart from benefiting those involved in the game directly, it would not change the common man’s status for better or worse. So, why then care so much about this sport, or any sport for that matter?

April 2, 2011.

These are the moments why they matter….why we care….why entire nations can be lifted by sporting deeds performed by a few capable individuals. These are the moments why you can set your problems aside for a while and immerse yourself in a pastime which can give you as much joy, as it can give you heartbreak. These are the moments why sports exist.

The winning moment..

The men who won us the World Cup...

19 years...worth the wait...

 

The man behind the scenes..

The future...

The man who made it all possible...

 

Appreciation for an outgoing legend....

History making 15

A man who deserved to be in a World Cup winning team..

This is how much it matters to people on the street..

...in the streets of Delhi..

..Mumbai..

..and in Kolkata

 

Check out the final unforgettable moments…

So, there it is….moments to cherish for the Indians who were born after 1983 and never experienced the joy of winning the World Cup. For once, TV channels will stop showing clips of Amarnath’s last wicket in the 1983 final and replace it with Dhoni’s winning shot!

Once again, congratulations to Team India for a performance worthy of champions through the last few weeks; and to Sri Lanka and their magnificent cricketers for providing a tough fight. Not to forget – Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid, John Wright – who kickstarted the revival, and to Kirsten, Simons, Upton and the rest of the support staff for ensuring everything worked smoothly in the background.

Let the party continue!

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. —Muhammad Ali

People don’t play sports because its fun. Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life with out it. Its part of them, the love/hate relationship. Its what they live for. They live for the practices, parties, cheers, long bus rides, invitationals, countless pairs of different types of shoes, water, Gatorade, & coaches you hate but appreciate. They live for the way it feels when they beat the other team, and knowing those two extra sprints they ran in practice were worth it. They live for the way they become a family with their team, they live for the countless songs they sing in their head while training all those hours. They live for the competition, they live for the friends, the practices, the memories, the pain, its who they are. It’s who we are. —Unknown

The Cup has come home!

All pictures are courtesy of Cricinfo.

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6 comments

  1. Aaah, nice one. Of course, there are more photos beyond these that we are not privy to – wild dancing, celebrating, shirtlessness, drinking … I can only imagine.

    Well done, India.

  2. Nice post tracer. And it’s indeed been such an amazing weekend for all of us Indian fans!!!

    There are still moments during the day when I keep asking myself “Has this really happened?! Have we really won the WORLD CUP again?!! Has Sachin’s, and all of our, dream really come true?!!!” But then my own smile, and those of fellow fans as well as Sachin, Yuvi and Dhoni on TV reaffirm to me that this has really come to pass! 🙂

    So happy for Sachin, Zak and Gary in particular! And so proud of Dhoni, Yuvi, Gauti and the rest of the team! I had that sinking feeling when SL finished strongly and then reduced us to 31/2… particularly since the Wankhede isn’t an easy chasing ground under lights… but I guess I shouldn’t have been nervous after all! For Dhoni & his boys have the heart of champions!

    Cheers!!!

    PS: While I remember your declaration, for the sake of the environment, I say forgo the paper burger! 🙂

    1. Hey BP…good to see you back..
      yup, its been an awesome two days, but I’m starting to hope that the hysteria and joy fades just a little bit, so that my life can get back to normal!
      As for the ‘paper burger’, I don’t know. I have been implored by friends to keep my word. I’m hoping that by keeping quiet for a while, people will forget it eventually!

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