Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The new Wizards of Oz

-By Swetha Amit
It was just a few days ago that the Australian Skipper made an emphatic statement stirring a feeling of indignation amongst millions. Predicting a breezy win for his team in just two matches depicted his unmistakable arrogance and cockiness. Little did he realize that these magical words would come true, only to have a spectacular turn around of events resulting in a victory for the opposition? The enchanting performance by the men in blue managed to cast a spell and mesmerized their fans by emerging as the new Wizards of Oz.

It is indeed a special moment for the Indian team as this win being their first one after 23 years in the finals on Australian grounds. It certainly is a case of history repeating itself and the stance of ‘champions of champions’ emerge yet again. And followed by great pomp and celebrations all over.

Drama, action, tempers flaring, ego clashes, hurling of petty abuses and of course the heroes destroying the villains: this tri series sure did show similarities to that of a triangular story of a Bollywood flick. A lot of mudslinging did arise due to the gradual drop in confidence levels amongst the Aussies. Fear and insecurity seemed to creep in slowly like ivy growing on old and ruined walls. The unmistakable display of talent by the young Indian team began to threaten the once mighty champs. The inability to withstand the new found competition was a blow to their pride. This caused the same team to create chaos and news by racial slurs or making a mountain out of a molehill.

Sadly such unwarranted behaviour did no good to their sportive images and depicted them in a rather poor light. However, the Indians managed to handle the whole issue with dignity. They refused to be bogged by such pettiness and did not let it curb their passion and grit for the game. The good always triumphs as shown in the marvelous win. This was no piece of cake considering the tremendous pressure they were mounted with.

A lot of speculation was made on the current team comprising of a new lot of youngsters and a sole senior player. Many dismissed it as a not so strong one to play against older and experienced players of the opposite team. Managing to prove their critics wrong, the remarkable captain managed to cruise through such hurdles boldly. A rather thriller of a match showcased the talent of many upcoming players that one can rely upon like a sturdy wall which cannot be knocked down with ease.

After their new found title of the T20 champions, it’s yet another occasion to open champagne bottles for having proven themselves as survivors in this roller coaster ride. Arduous and cumbersome their situations may be, ruthlessness exhibited by their critics, huge expectations from fans, several chances of losing the most crucial games; yet the new found zest and enthusiasm of the Indian players portray an inherent spark and a ‘never say die’ attitude which is unlikely to be deterred easily.

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