Friday, March 27, 2015

India Vs Australia, 2nd Semi-Final – Men in Blue turned pale

ICC 2015 World Cup Fever Reaches Crescendo
ICC 2015 World Cup
Over a billion Indian fans crestfallen after the shock defeat of the Men in Blue. This ended their dream run in this year’s show piece event and with it the war cry of #WeWontGiveItBack went mute. In many ways this defeat at the hands of Aussies was a shocker, the way Men in Blue turned tables after their disastrous tour down under had raised high hopes. They beat every team that came in its way, seven wins on a trot, and on all occasions bowling the opposition out was a big achievement by all standards. A feat achieved by the bowlers who not long ago were considered the biggest headache in defending the world title. The winning momentum and confidence was with them, an important ingredient considered to carry on the winning streak. All that went kaput with this semifinal loss. The Men in Blue went down meekly which was in stark contrast to their winning ways lately in this world cup. This loss set many tongues wagging on the mental strength of the Indian players and their susceptibility to cave in under pressure. This loss provided enough fodder to the media and gossip mongers to ridicule the players. Interesting thing is, the same bunch of 11 players were toast of the nation a day ago and barely after 24 hours they are being lampooned. Strange are the ways of adulation in sub-continent.
Aus–some Performance
Aussies delivered a knockout blow to the Indians when the later were riding on a wave of success. Aussies known for their thorough professionalism once again demonstrated their might when it mattered. They have such a formidable line up that can intimidate any opposition. Steven Smith, who is in incredible form off late hit another century tightening the screws on the Indian bowlers. The others gave him good company and scored briskly to pose an imposing target of 327 for the Indians to chase and enter the final. The beauty of this Aussie line up is even the tail wags when required, and the other day Mitchell Johnson played the long handle dispatching the Indian bowlers to the fence. His quick fire 27 of mere 9 balls helped them cross the psychological mark of 300. Besides a strong batting line up they have the most potent weapons in their arsenal in the form of Mitchell Johnson, Starc, who can easily clock a speed of 150 kmph. Josh Hazelwood, Shane Watson complement the strikers. With 300 + score on board, the bowlers had their tails up from the word go, though they were countered to some extent by the Indian openers. At the end Men in Blue buckled under mounting pressure and caved in, losing the match by a big margin of 95 runs. The Aussies had done it again, not allowing the Indians to get past them the entire summer. Beating Aussies anywhere and more so in their own backyard is an uphill task. The grit, passion and hunger to win always make them stand out. They are just one match away from putting their hands on the world title a record fifth time. Their Trans-Tasman rivals Kiwis will have to play out of their skin to conquer the Aussies to lift the title the first time. Wait n Watch….. The rivalry one last time in this world cup.
Indian WAGS had an Off Day
Virat Kohli the blue eyed boy of Indian cricket and his love interest, Anushka Sharma has hogged a lot of lime light mostly for wrong reasons. Anushka Sharma was present at the SCG to watch her famed boyfriend take on the Aussies. To her and the nation’s utter despair, Virat Kohli departed without troubling the scorers. His brief stay at the pitch resulted in Indians losing the match. Touted as the big match player, he could not live up-to the expectations. In the aftermath of this loss, the Indian fans directed a tirade of abuses and slandering towards the helpless Anushka, accusing her for Virat’s failure. It doesn’t get bizarre than this. Anushka would have definitely understood the pros and cons of being an Indian cricketer’s girlfriend, albeit the hard way. The other Indian WAGS too had nothing to cheer except the fact that they were at one of the most beautiful cricketing destinations. With all the brouhaha and mudslinging, Anushka would think hundred times before venturing into a cricket stadium to watch his lover boy. World Cup is history now, but the "Indian Phoren League" is round the corner. Chalo Bulawa Aaaya Hai….
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