Now that my predictions have gone wider then the wide bowled by Harmison to kick-start the Ashes-’06, I’ll desist from making any more predictions. It seems that my career as an astrologer is predictably doomed.
After India’s exit, I told everybody, “Mera cricket par se vishwas uth gaya hain…” in true filmy style! I was sulking so badly that I changed the channel as soon as any cricketer’s ad came on and I even gave the Aus-SA match a miss (friends later told me, much to my dismay, that I missed one of the better matches of the WC).
Now that I am back to watching cricket again, and since India is out, I am not doing fanatical mathematical calculations in my head, I am not concentrating on the what-if scenarios, not thinking what would happen if SL loses or SA wins or NZ ties! After ages I am enjoying cricket, I am not afraid that Tendulkar or Dravid or Ganguly would get out. I am not fervently praying before every ball that Agarkar or Zaheer or Munaf pick up a wicket!
I am rooting for cricket now, not any specific team! I just want to watch good cricket, which I am getting in plenty… Oram’s spell against WI was superlative, Lara’s knock against Australia showed why he is the best, Sarwan’s throw to run out Ponting, Lara’s right hand pick up and throw to run out Fleming, McCullum’s catch, Malinga’s 4 wickets in 4 balls, Vaas bowling AB de Villiers with arguably the best ball of the tournament!