Leg Before Wicket (Keeper)

February 3rd, 2009

Let me first congratulate the Indian team to have won the series, although it was obvious! Sehwag and Yuvraj were ruthless and Sri Lanka truly deserves this punishment, having playing with 12 players, of course including the umpire.

Coming back to the title of the story, Sri Lankan umpires has re-defined LBW by just adding ‘Keeper’ to the wicket. Sachin was given out LBW 3 times in as many matches and none of them were right, of course in the re-defined sense, leg before wicket keeper, he was out. Having said that,  Sri Lanka have robbed the gentlemen-ship of the game from the series. It is a sad excuse on a bowlers point to appeal for an LBW when you know there was a nick from the pad. No one other than the bowler can tell that there was a nick to the bat. And, before you yell out the appeal, your heart tells you that you are asking something wrong. Ethics, by the way are completely rubbished in ths series.

Sri Lankan umpiring took the game to new lows. India is a far better, strong, superior, mature and balanced than Sri Lanka and even in their wildest dreams, Sri Lanka would not and could not defeat this outfit as long as the Indian Team plays, well quite normally. Sorry Sri Lanka for being so brutal, but it is a fact. You tried, having the umpire pulled into the team, but did not work too well. But, you have robbed the fans from witnessing magical batting display of the little master. You have robbed from all those young cricketers who idolize him from witnessing the best batting display in our times.

On a given day Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Raina together can add 200 runs to the score card in less than 30 overs. The only way out to win a match is to get these guys all out under 200 and under 30 overs, PERIOD. Now, this is totally impossible given their current form and Sri Lanka found another way out…umpiring.

I hope the issue will be raised by the BCCI to have fair umpiring standards and the opposite captain has the guts to revert the deliberate decision given out by the umpires. Loosing is not against pride, but winning by cunning does.

Tears of a Champion!

February 1st, 2009

It is not easy to stand witness to Champion’s tears! The fear of loss and butterflies of stomach started much before the historic match poised to begin at 3:30 am today between the all time great Federer and the outstanding sensation Nadal.

For 4 sets many of us have witnessed in what in a legends words is “the rectangle was not enough!”. They have elevated the game to such heights that mere mortals would be spatted like flies and Tennis fans will have a never fading memory of their lives. Such rare display of high quality tennis is purely a bliss for our eyes.

Federer threw away the 5Th set, rarely unexpected but none can guess what the champion was thinking. His actions could only create billion debates but his mind was pre-occupied. Coming back from a crushing 4Th set win over Nadal, Federer disappointed everyone, but rarely would one can peek into his mind and mirror his thoughts. His belief of a 5th set was not up to his standards, his thoughts were pre-occupied with defeat and the bug called Nadal was pinching him, while his quest for equalling another great’s record, stumbled before he set his eyes on the goal.

Nadal on the other hand was purely magical, outstanding, hard and truly deserves the victory. There is no winner in this match as they both were devoted to their passions and elevate the game like never before. ‘Tennis’ has won the true game today and a champion’s tears were the rare witness.

We are blessed to have seen such an ecstacy and the joy of playing tennis at its best. Players come and go every day, but true lovers prevail. And, both these men were divine. Tennis is blessed to have seen the ‘Tears of a Champion’.