Thursday, March 26, 2015

A game well played

Yesterday was a sad day for Indian cricket fans as the Men in Blue were eliminated by Australia from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in the semi-finals. Everyone was excited to watch the match but in the end, the Indian batting just didn't live up to those hopes. As a whole however, the defending champions have had a stellar tournament - winning seven matches in a row (starting with Pakistan's humiliating defeat), taking all wickets in that process.

Compared to when the tournament started, the performance has been well above expectations. India has been in Australia for three months now and in that period, have lost one bilateral series against Australia and been completely washed out in a trilateral one with Australia and England. Coming from that, nobody even expected India to reach the quarter finals, leave alone retain the World Cup. And yet, they came all the way to the semi-finals, the only South Asian team to do so.

The real star of this tournament for India was Captain MS Dhoni, who proved his detractors wrong. Compared to the shrill so-called mainstream media at home, Dhoni kept his cool and that was a hugely motivating factor for the team. He already goes down in history as India's most successful cricket captain ever, winning the ODI World Cup, the T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy, while also leading Chennai Super Kings to multiple victories in IPL. There is little chance that he will be with Team India in 2019 and he will be sorely missed.

Meanwhile, #ShameOnTimesNow is rightly putting that loudmouth He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in his place! 

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