Monday, December 15, 2008

The New World Order...

As the 4th day of the test in Chennai began yesterday, England started to pile up their lead.

The overnight batsmen, Strauss and Collingwood reached their centuries and India's target kept increasing as the day went by.

Somewhere later in the day England's innings lost momentum and the lead instead of piling up started crawling slowly.

England's innings went no where after Strauss departed and that was the first time I sensed that England might be losing the plot.

Instead of attacking for fast runs after what Strauss and Collingwood had done, England went back on to the defensive.


I don't really know.

That is where they lost it I believe.

I hopped on to some cricket blogs at that point and was surprised to see that the Indian fans didn't really think that India had a chance.

Leela suggested that coach Kirsten was on dope for suggesting that "India can do anything".

Over there I commented that this was India of the new and any history of not being able to chase runs held little signficance.

Initially I suggested India being able to fight for a draw.

When the target was set I reckoned that India could win it.

Over at Scorpicity's, I read about England having the full grip of the test, where again I suggested that a draw was possible.

Only Ottayan seemed to agree with me that a win was possible.

As Sehwag smashed his way to a rollicking start last night I wrote an energy filled post over at the BCC!

I talked of India of the new.

India who CAN do anything.

If you walk over to the comments there were suggestions that India of the new was such due to Sehwag and Gambhir.

Again I differed and suggested that Sachin might be the one to take India over the line.

And he sure was!

This is not about a Sehwag or a Gambhir.

Nor is it about a Dhoni.

It is about the New World Order.

The order being set by India.

Team India!

Chasing 387 in the 4th innings on a 5th day pitch of a ground in India is not only difficult but mission impossible.

A ground that has never seen more than 155 runs scored in the 4th innings to win a test and a country that has never hosted a test where more than 276 runs have been scored in the 4th innings to win a test goes to show where this Indian win stands.

Over and above them all.

Sure Sehwag provided them the start but every single member of the Indian team contributed to this win and it was not about any one man.

Sachin, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Mishra, Zaheer, Ishant, Gambhir, Dhoni, Laxman - each one of them played their part.

Sure Dravid hardly contributed, but India managing a comeback win like this without the Wall doing anything of note goes to show the will and power of this Indian team.

If you're still not convinced, try and digest this - it took Sachin Tendulkar 155 tests and 254 innings to dish out a first ever 4th innings match winning 100!

Thats not an achievement for Sachin, that is an achievement for India.

This is India dammit, they can do anything!


For they are at the forefront of the New World Order.

Make your pitch on this post...

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16 Pitched:

  1. Straight Point said...

    great one Q...

    there is this saying in farcee langage which goes like this...

    sadar har zake nashinast...sadar hast...

    means shahanshah jahan baith jaate hain...wahi darbar lag jaate hain...

  2. Naked Cricket said...

    good call Q, and not for the first time too.

  3. scorpicity said...

    Brilliant match it was! Congrats to both teams and anyone who likes cricket... one of those truly rare matches which people will go back to in the future.

    And oh my points were taking into mind India's traditional approach to try and secure a draw first before making any attempts to go for a win.

    Seen that with Kumble, Tendlya and Dravid at the helm and we falter most times playing defensively for a draw... Tendlya included.

    The leadership now makes a big difference.

    I must hand it to you Q, you got it bang on... Cheers

  4. scorpicity said...

    But one thing... I hate that title "new world order" :)... it is a creepy scary conspiracy theory being floated about in the world politics circle... cheers :)

  5. Sam said...

    Well even if Tendulkar didnt score 100 in this innings, his greatness wudnt have diminished a bit :)

    for us he remains GOD and wud always remain to be!!

  6. Trideep said...

    An amazing match. And very true Q, this Indian team can achieve great things.

  7. Leela said...

    Q Sometimes it takes the view from the "other side" to truly understand whatz going on. And see things clearly :-)
    Now I am a born-again believer...
    Incredible India!!

  8. Q said...

    Leela I think u have put it very aptly.. it is the nature of us subcontinental folk to regard ourselves as the underdog or rather as people who cannot move away from tradition or what has become the norm ... and at times like these it definitely requires an external viewer to see how things are moving away from the norm.. for the team it began a long time ago I believe, while for the fans, it starts now!

  9. Q said...

    Thanks SP! and quite a saying that is..

  10. Q said...

    Thanks NC.. u for one remember most of my calls ;-)

  11. Q said...

    Scorps I realised the drift of ur post, which is why I pointed it out that with the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Yuvi - a draw would have been a distant thought.. their minds were always chasing the win..

  12. Q said...

    And Scorps, I picked the New World Order term from WCW ages ago ;-) .. Hogan at the helm of the NWO! Dhoni is your Hogan today..

  13. Q said...

    True that Sam.. Sachin has always been God.. today he became Super God!

  14. Q said...

    This is just the start Tri..

  15. Ottayan said...


    I resent you cornering the market on 'getting things right'.:)

  16. Som said...

    Windies. Aussies, India...are we witnessing cricket's own Rise of the Third Reich?

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