Cricket + Tennis
Published September 3, 2005
Thanks to England, my interest in cricket has been revived. Australia had dominated cricket for so long, that it had lost its appeal. There just did not seem to be any competition. Even when India played, although I have always been a die-hard Indian supporter, there were always doubts. But Ashes-2005 has changed it all. Simon Jones with his reverse swing, Flintoff and his all-round performance, Hoggard and the impeccable cover drive he hit, Pietersen is having a dream debut series and Vaughan is at his commanding best. McGrath predicted a whitewash before the series, and most people concurred. Even if not a whitewash, it was supposed to be a one-sided contest. Australia had mastered The Art of Winning. Now they are struggling, it is not as if they are caving in. They are still fighting, owing largely to Warne and Lee. But it is England who is winning. It is winning that matters. There is a quote that goes something like ‘Winning does not matter, it is the participation/spirit that counts.’ Who so ever said this, probably never won any game. If you play a game, you have to win and that is precisely what England is doing. Although they are just scampering through, but they are winning and that matters. It seems that the Australian dominance chapter is coming to an end in the annals of cricket.
As one leading sports journalist pointed: “Sania Mirza’s serve won’t win any awards for design and her toss is so high you can have a cigarette waiting for it to come down. She is a few biryanis heavier that an elite athlete can afford to be and her acceleration on court is more Ford than Ferrari. But no big deal; this you can teach an 18-year-old. What you can’t is chutzpah, and toughness, and Sania Mirza has both.”
In the last-16 at the US open. Quite a journey from being an ignomity a year back to the rising star having a higher TPR rating then most of the seeded players. At Wimbledon she played at Center Court, a huge honour and now at the US open she has played at the Grandstand and the Armstrong and is all set to play on the Arthur Ashe court. Hoping she makes Sharapova bite the dust.
September 3rd, 6:45 pm