India – The First T20 Champions

September 24, 2007

Congratulations to Team India. India has pulled off a magnificent thriller, that too against the the arch rivals Pakistan. What else an Indian cricket lover want in his life. I am sure that Indian Cricket fans would cherish this for the rest of the life. The young guns have given a joyful and historic day to Indian cricket fans which they would never forget in the life.

Earlier when India was batting I always thought it was not easy to put 160+ runs on the board against the very good Pakistani bowling attack. Asif, Sohail, Afridi and Gul all were bowling amazingly well with the combination of good length deliveries, lethal yorkers, slower ones without giving any room for the Indian batsmen to play their shots.
I thought Gambhir’s Inning was the key in Indian batting as he has shown caution with aggression and played some lovely strokes all over the park with some nice timing and placement. His six to gul on the mid wicket which had hit the scoreboard on the stands was the shot of the Indian Innings for me. Rohit Sharma’s chipped in in the end and made quick fire 30 of 16 were crucial in India’s victory. He kept a cool nerve and played good cricketing shots in the end. Nasser Hussain was all praise for him for playing good cricketing shots.

Then came the Pakistani batsmen. I was wondering if Afridi would be sent to open along with Imran Nazir, good that he was not sent. You never know in the first six over with fielding restrictions Afridi can easily turn the game. I thought that RP Singh in this tournament was bowling really well and as expected he had bowled a beautiful length delivery to Hafeez which he guided to the hands of Uthappa on the slip and then started the fall of wickets in the regular intervals. The younger Pathan bowled superbly in the middle and took crucial wickets of Malik, Afridi and Arafat. Misbah was in amazing form and shown some good tempermate and maturity while chasing the scores and I am sure he has given many tense moments for the Indians. I had a scary moments when sohail was coming to bat as I heard Rameez Raja saying to Harsha Bhogle that sohail is also known for big hits at the domestic level. He really gave some scary moments too by hitting those two sixers. Though Misbah had tried the clinch the victory from India. I was some how confident that this next gen Indian team would emerge as winners and so did they, when Sreesanth took his catch of the life which will be remembered by Indians as long as cricket is played in india, something similar visual of Mahinder Amarnath lifting the wicket and running towards the stands after the fall of last west indies wicket in 83 world cup.

It was very good and heartening to see the way MS Dhoni Marshaled his team. Be it his strategies, gambles and bowling decisions, choosing players all paid off for Dhoni in this T20 Cup. We can see what a good leader with full of positive energy can make a difference to a team.

Congratulations for Team India Once again.


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