Sunday, December 16, 2012

A bit of nostalgia

A bit of this, a bit of that and I ended up watching this youtube video. The Wills "World Series" Final at Eden  Gardens in 1994. 1994 - 17 years ago......
It was matches like these I guess that I saw as a child which kept getting me hooked for life to this game...
Notice some of the long lost faces that you will see in the video - Vijay Yadav, Anderson Cummins, Stuart Williams - a West Indies leg spinner called Rajindra Dhanaraj ! ...Look at Tendulkar attacking the new ball - this is fairly early in his career as an ODI opener....Observe how the one clip of Sidhu is him attacking a spinner and belting him for a six - just the image of Sidhu that you have in your mind....Azhar - fielding like a boss......... And Eden celebrating like only Eden could - thousands of "mashaals" - flames lit - lighting up the night sky - a fantastic sight as India would win in a blaze of glory. Times have changed, mistakes have been committed since- we are unlikely to see such scenes in a cricket match any time soon....
We demand much more from our cricket team these days and rightly so. But as a child, a home ODI series win with players in coloured clothing and floodlit matches on TV used to make me very happy and excited indeed. And when I saw it today, it made me smile. 

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