I'm lovin it

Note: This is a purely girlish post. I am not trying to pretend to be an oh-i-know-everything-about-cricket-mandira-bedi at all 😛

Shani: ager tum cricketer hoti tou kya hoti?
Me: Hansie Cronje (with a wide grin)

Ok, this was way way back in ’98. A time wen all my class mates had crushes on hollywood actors, footballers, tennis players….my favorite man in the world was Hansie Cronje. And No, it wasnt a crush. I just adored him for the clean image that he had, his intelligent looks, his prowess and his success.

The admiration was not only limited to Cronje. I quite liked the whole South African team and was an avid supporter in all their matches if they were not playing against Pakistan. I was actually quite sad wen they screwed up their chance of playing the final against Pakistan in the ’99 world cup.

And then came the shocking news of Cronje being involved in match fixing in 2000. I felt betrayed.

Just two years later he died while he was trying to rebuild his life with dignity. I once again felt sorry for him.

In the meanwhile, South Africa continued being the best team around and yet losing all the big games.

The only knowledge that I have of cricket was thru the galli cricket that I used to play with all the boys of the muhalla during the summer vacations that we spent in Karachi back then. Still I am a keen spectator of cricket.

But lately, I had not been following cricket the way I used to. I didnt even feel thrilled about the World Cup. Frankly speaking, I didnt even know that T20 World Cup was about to start till around just two days before the World Cup started. The way Team Pakistan had been playing for a while might have been a reason.

I watched a match after a loooooong time (the last I watched was the One day that we lost terribly to Sri Lanka a few months back) and thank God I did watch it. It was a sure treat after the 18 hour electricity break down. It was simply an awesome match. Obviously, u gotta feel for the South African Team. They always lose the biggies but hey, wats more important is that we won.

Now, the result could have been completely the opposite. We won merely by 7 runs. Another bad over after that of Fawad Alam’s could have costed us the match. Obviously, a few more chokkas and chakkas during the last 5 overs of the Pakistan inning could have made life a bit simpler for the bowlers….and oh how can we forget the dropped catch by Umer Gul *ouch*

What the hell, why even think of what could have happened otherwise! For the time being, I’m lovin it 😀



  1. oh me too!!!..i loved Lance klusener..remember? the one who got run out on the last run in that world cup semi final

    and i was ok with umer gul dropping the catch per i got sick worried for his fitness..us gadhay ko kuch ho jata tu itni killer bowling kon karata :/

    Fawad’s over was a colossal DISASTER!!!…i would never forgive younis khan for sending him to bowl…but it was not the kids fault so i have forgiven him..waisay his throws in the last overs were AWESOME!!!..though idiot Amir was standing way distant from the wickets :/

    oh Leena, read all the online papers, they are brimming with praise for Pakistani team specially for Afridi 😀

  2. by the way fawad alam is just a crap he should not be in the team . we should not ignore the flaws that seem cloudly with the win

  3. ohhh someone is high on cricket.
    imagine me still low.
    we’ve made it to the final and here i m still being a pessimist 😛

  4. @ pinky
    yea we cant blame fawad…it was his first over of the tournament and that too in such a pressure situation. he made up for it waise, so i have forgiven him 😛
    And no, you arent the only one who thinks that Fleming looks like Cronje…Fleming just looks better 😉

    @ MAK
    it actually was a treat

    @ Rulzz
    well the flaws obviously need to be looked upon seriously

    @ farooq
    lol…bara burger 😛

    @ AD
    its quite scary…these ppl are good wen they are not playing under pressure. this victory has made the whole nation so hopeful and this will only add to the pressure

  5. I think bowling Fawad Alam was not a bad move, had he taken a wicket people would have talked about the genius of YK instead. In a game you always take risks, some of them pay off, others dont.

    There were many flaws though and I’m sure they will talk about it.

  6. @ Shuaib
    ummmm….welcome to the blog 🙂

    @ Anas
    well today Younis Khan said we are not planning anything for the final 😛
    i just dont understand why he has to make certain stupid comments

    @ RC
    yay….so i am not alone in this craziness 😛

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