India hanging by a thread in Mohali – Day 4

October 4, 2010

What a day of Test cricket it’s been. From Ishant’s bouncer’s and Zaheer’s yorkers to Hilfenhaus’s chin music, it’s a been a whirlwind of a day!

India ended the day at 55/4 needing another 161 runs to win the match. Gambhir got a shocker (some decisions have been seriously bizzare), Dravid threw his wicket away after taking 16 balls to get off the mark, and Sehwag soon followed suit. With VVS Laxman’s condition unknown, Australia may need only 5 more lower order wickets. I must say it’s odd that Dhoni sent Raina in when as a wicketkeeper batsman and captain Dhoni should have come out himself. Dhoni’s not been in great form. In fact, I can’t remember the last time he’s scored a decent 50. But this could have been an occasion.

On a day when India bagged a silver and bronze at the CWG, the cricket team’s fortunes at teetering by a thread. But that isn’t unusual, or is it? The accolades in other sport often comes when the cricket is floundering. Or are we just playing too much cricket? 😉

Gala Opening for the Commonwealth Games 2010

October 4, 2010

I must say that after all the muck that has surrounded the CW Games, the grand gala opening seems to herald a new begining. As an Indian sport enthusiast I felt an emotion that I hadn’t felt since Perth 2008 when Indian cricket team bt the Aussies at their fortress. The opening ceremony was definitely world class; in fact the proud Indian in me would say it’s the best I’ve seen and has perhaps set  new standards!

The drum fiesta was inviting and the children’s Swagatham sequence very original. It was good to see something as characteristically Indian as mehendi make it on the grand stage. The little ones must have practiced a lot. Bless them! The multi-state dance was short and sweet, and the yoga item well done. The Tour of India piece, featured by the Indian Railways, though rather longish I think featured a near exhaustive list of  folk and neo-classical dance traditions, customs, and local specialities in including the dabbawallahs and chai wallahs. Rahman’s performance was well, what to say, truly Rahman. And best of all, thankfully, the politicians and others kept their speeches short!

Jai Ho India!