Well, the idea of this post was actually planned before the event was scheduled to happen, though the idea of the content didnt go according to the plan.
But i very well intend to write on it for a different reason.
Well,to start with, it was the 23rd apr,09,Thursday; the day that was much expected with the enthui and spirit of a cricket fan, especially across this state; the day of the IPL T20 match between chennai super kings and delhi daredevils, quoted as the great match to happen first in this season..
I, was not an exception among csk fans; and i was waiting for this match for the past few days with sky-high expectations and an indomitable faith in my team, the team i stand by and support, whatever the situation of the game or the position in the rank table be..
The day began as usual and i was acting normally, only on the outside. But on the inside.. well, you know the feelings of a hard-core fan rite.. i was burning with all the excitement and enthui of the match..even the thought of my exam next day didnt even occur for a second..
The clock struck right-angles,3pm,the scheduled time and i positioned myself near the tv set.
Wel,not 'near' actually; it was the exact position where i had sat during the prev match in which csk had won. So sticking on to the usual sentiments..
The match started and we were going field first.. the bowling attack started with Balaji. At the end of the 2nd over, the terror duo – Viru and Gambhir- were both gone..and we were having a pretty good time until Dilshan came and played a fine innings scoring 50 runs for his team.. funny, when i remember his tensed expressions on his face during the t20 match between India and SriLanka, a couple of months back.
After him, came AB de Villiers who slashed all our bowling efforts, scoring the first century of his IPL career and also of this ipl season.
- The game ended with 189 runs on scoreboard.
- The target set was 190 runs in 20overs with a required run rate of 9.5rpo.
In a single statement, it was the mission impossible.
Our batting started with Hayden and Parthiv Patel, with all hopes pinned on Mathew Hayden. And i should say, he did justice to the game and lived upto his name.
The consequences of his wicket fall were not pretty good. None stayed on pitch for more than few mins ; Raina played well and Freddie did a good job too.
But after the top order fell, all hopes were on albie morkel, who, from the start of the IPL had never let down the team and did his best on all forms of the game;
And this time too, he did his best to score runs but the batsmen on the other side were giving only a short-time support to him.
- 52 runs from 41 balls
- 49 runs from 32 balls
- 34 runs from 29 balls
Things were happening on a close call; but in the end, it didnt work out well for us.
Gony came,hit a six and walked back;
Joginder came, ran a couple of runs twice and went off;
The graph of hope resembled the ECG pulses.
I wanted to prepare myself for a loss in order to lessen the effect but at the same time i didnt wanna surrender the faith of a fan.
12 runs from 3 balls
11 runs from 2 balls
Match gone out of hands.
Lost by 10runs.
Well.. i cried..as simple as that.
3days of excitement..100% belief..
A defeat in return??!! Not fair! Jus finding it hard to take it in.
And the issue was not just about the downfall; its more about a person, who is supposed to be the pride of the side, the shining star, captain MS Dhoni.. didnt make a mark at any point of the game and his usual cool effects went un-witnessed..
Where was he???and what happened to the MSD factor??
Well..actually..where is my spirit???
I usually dont comment on what-went-wrong kinda things when the match ends in a bad way. And i never complain about anything or anyone reg the defeat, esp one of my fav players in the sports world.
Well.. the next match is scheduled on 25th against the knight riders..
At the moment, i feel like i couldnt stand any more defeats and disappointments..
But trust me..
If u talk to me about cricket after few hours, i ll be the usual crazy cric fan with spirits high on the air..
Cricket frenzy on!!
As my favourite song goes...
“push it to the limit..cos we are in it..
Work it harder.. gotta take it further.. be even better.. work together.. its now or never..“