Champions Trophy 2017 Final

Sometimes in life you get to be the pigeon and sometimes the statue. This time it was Team India’s turn to be the statue. Team Pakistan got a huge monkey off their backs by beating their arch rivals when it mattered the most. The question now, is where is the monkey?

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Consistent Champ or Comeback Kid?

Lasse Viren fell down running the Olympic 10,000 meter final at the Munich games, and then went on to win a world record. Ben Ainslie won the America’s cup coming back from a huge deficit. Dennis Taylor came back to beat Steve Davis. India beat Australia after following on in the 2001 series. Tom Brady’s Patriots came back from a massive deficit to win NFL!

World just loves comebacks, but spare a thought for the consistent champions, who is rooting for them? Who is rooting for consistency and design ?

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Cricket Moving

Twenty percent of the world watches Cricket today, that is more than 1.5Bn people. This explosion of new audience has come by way of making the game more reachable to the masses.

To make it more reachable, it has simplified the sport on hand, and made it more lucrative on the other. This poses the question, whether the sport is being compromised to reach more audiences or are the audiences maturing up to understand the nuances of the game?

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Olympics & Sachin

 

Just like Sachin is  to Cricket, Cricket is to other sports in the country. Everyone focuses only or mostly on Cricket , and once in 4 years when Olympics come along, the nation wakes up to lesser mortals and their stories of  struggles and survivals.

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Sach is Life

The tag line – No games only sports applies to this man. The Kabir couplet “aisi karni kar chalo, tum hanson aur jag roye ( do something so good that you smile while you go, and people miss you and cry for you)  – when was the last time you read a tribute about a sportsperson without talking about a single achievement on the field , instead just talk about the person alone? This is but a small tribute to a small -tall man called Sachin Tendulkar!

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Salut!

Will Willow Wall

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Who better to define,epitomise this quote other than Rahul Dravid.?

In the age of quick fixes & instant gratification,he is an oxymoron.

In times of loudness, noise and cacophony of wants,he is the epitome of subtlety.

In expressions of rage, outburst,gesture and posture, he is an image of resolve.

His contribution to Indian cricket, and the game of Cricket around the world is undoubted and yet understated.Just like he wants ,perhaps.

In my own small humble way, I’d like to dedicate a few lines to a hero of my generation Rahul Dravid.

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