I was keeping myself updated and was watching portions of the matches casually but I started watching the matches seriously from the semi-finals. The Ind v Pak match was a fine one (although the next day was one final examination). India-Pakistan matches have always been high-voltage matches. After defeating Pakistan I was feeling like it was the 2003 world cup, India again in the finals. 2003 final match was a painful memory, India was loosing from the very first moment. But in 2011 things have changed Australia is eliminated, and India is the one to do this cleaning job.
Cricket World Cup 2011 Final match India vs Srilanka was now has started. Srilanka did a very slow start and could not have a good run rate till the end, but at the end they have reached the score which they should not be allowed to score. The extreme economic Zaheer Khan suddenly became costly. But in this innings Srilanka played well especially Jayawardene, but at that time it was comforting that atleast they could not get any closer to the 300 run mark. I thought that the runs in the batting powerplay is a bit too much, and is the sole cause of putting up that 274 on the board.
I got up after the innings ended, and had walked round in the house. Whatever you say there is always a bad feeling inside yourself when such things are going on. Some people say do ‘think positive’ but thinking positive relax the mind which is very bad, and might gain a fake over confidence. Alertness was needed to follow the match.
Next innings I decided to start watching the match a bit late, as I felt there are going to be early shocks, which are almost impossible to bear. But they could not be avoided, the loud commentary on the other room told what was going on. I suddenly found the heart near the stomach, because India losing the finals and some one tieing me up and shooting me on the head are interchangeable phrases, in both the cases there is nothing I can do. What ever it be we should always be with the team.
When I resumed watching it was 32-2 , and Srilanka has not found a trapdoor in their backyard to the world finals, neither India has bought a ticket to the finals, so the match must be on. Watching carefully, and thinking analytically gave enough confidence. Gambhir anchored and we were going with the correct pace. It was very good to see India not choking and playing calm. Whatever be the asking rate, the run rate was better than the Lankans, which means that if such a pace is maintained then less run needs to be scored in the batting power play, or the absolute pressure play in this case. They were playing fantastic and keept the run and the balls balanced, around 6 rpo. Then I got the idea. It was to go with the balls slowly and at the end some sudden jerks to clean up. But such ideas from my mind are extreme unlucky so i tried to concentrate elsewhere to clear this idea from the mind.
The third wicket fell, Virat, was a great catch. The fall of Gambhir was stunning. Was there any need of such an attempt ? Fell at 3 short. What ever, Gambhir has set up the platform. Now the captain and Yuvraj Singh. Last day vs Pakistan, when Yuvraj came in, i was thinking that if now Yuvraj gets out then what would happen, and the first ball i first thought it was a replay. But there they were, the run rate was kept up, taking 1s and 2s, and in between a four to release some pressure. The balls:runs was kept almost 1:1 until the last jerks came, one four, two four and at last the extreme six. Nothing more to say. End of Match. Start of Glory.