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The Tale of Two Balls   2 comments

Disclosure: I certainly have no abstracts taken from the book “The Tale of Two Cities”, neither have any essence that could be interpreted by my readers.

The Tale of Two Balls is a true story that most of us are aware of, when it comes to be an Indian. So what do you think am I referring to? For those who guessed it right or still wondering here is the answer.

I’m referring to a religion vs the one that is supposed to be the national sport of our country. I’m sure you have guessed it right by now, Cricket and Hockey.

If we all remember the strike and the outrage that was covered by the media, where Hockey players protested for being treated as outcasts in the glory of a nation where Cricket has become a religion and where the BCCI (the richest cricketing board) still makes a huge amount of money. So where do you think the blame is, the media, the people running it or the people playing it.

In both the form of sports they all have given more than it takes. Before we try to make any sort of judgement, let’s rewind and check for few facts.

India won ICC World Cup twice 1983 and 2011, the Indian Women’s cricket team have also achieved a lot Runners up for 2005 World Cup and 3rd place during 1997, 2000 and 2009. Four time winners of Asia Cup i.e. 2004-2006 and 2008.

Compared to the hockey team which won its first Gold Medal in Olympics in the year 1928. From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, garnering six gold medals in a row. The Indian team has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics. This was also the first nation that was a part of the International Hockey Federation, as a Non European Country. Not to forget the Indian Women’s Hockey team, which won 3 consecutive Gold Medals i.e. 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2003 Afro-Asian Games and 2004 Hockey Asia Cup. In 2009, India became the first winner of the women’s Champions Challenge II in hockey history after they defeated Belgium 6-3 in the final in Kazan, Russia. (*source WIKI)

Unparalleled to what could have happened, but given the fact that when Indian Hockey ruled and gave India a new face in the sports arena while Cricket was still in the state of infancy. But where are we now?

If we go around the issues covering the Indian Hockey, there are many. With not much of infrastructure to support and develop existing and new talent. Lack of sponsorship and investments making it hard for them to scout for new talent. Though late, but I think people have soon come to realize it. With the players venting out their frustration and Indian’s coming ahead to support a cause, we can expect a turn around. But will it continue or it will phase out with other events trying to steal the spot light.

Now both the sports have earned their name in this country, in fact I wonder how much of sponsorship comes by the Indian Hockey Association, that will help them to develop the team or find more talent in this country. I’m sure compared to Cricket it will be termed as Nickels and Dime.

Will time change the outlook or it will take more than time before the patience runs out.

It won’t be surprising, rather a fact that if we are able to generate and spend half the amount of revenues generated out of cricket on other games we can do wonder’s, because in a nation of millions there will be more than enough talent if we earnestly look for it.


India vs Pakistan Faceoff   3 comments

It’s time and this time for all the cricket enthusiasts who know what importance does this match holds. Many a times in history when these two sides collided, more than anything emotions were high all around. We for sure know but it’s the spirit of the game that has still kept a lot of hopes alive when it comes to Indo Pak relationship.

With the teams walking up the ally to make it to the semifinals, its time for some great action. And it’s not just the fans but for the critics, who have always expected that when the two teams collide the match is just incredible and hoping for that.

Some stats and figures around them:

Since the start of World cup in 1975, Pakistan was the first to reach a semifinal against West Indies at The Oval (1979, 2nd world cup) but couldn’t make it to finals. West Indies won by 43 runs.

1983, the 3rd World cup and this time India and Pakistan both qualified for the semifinals. India vs Eng – Where India won by 6 wickets, and the 2nd semifinal was between Pakistan vs West Indies, which WI won by 8 wickets again. In the showdown for the finals it was India who won their 1st World Cup title beating West Indies by 43 runs.

1987, 4th World Cup and just like 1983 both India and Pakistan qualified for semifinals. India vs England, where England won by 35 runs and Pakistan vs Australia, which Australia won by 18 runs and eventually defeating England in the finals by 7 runs and winning their 1st Title.

The first time India and Pakistan had a faceoff was in 5th World Cup i.e. 1992, when India defeated Pakistan by 43 runs in the 16th Match. In spite of this, it was Pakistan who surged ahead with their performance and qualified for the semifinals where they defeated New Zealand by 4 wickets and eventually winning their 1st title by defeating England in the finals by 22 runs.

1996, 6th World Cup edition. India vs Pakistan’s 2nd World Cup face off was scheduled when they both qualified for the quarterfinals match meeting for a show down in Bangalore. This time again India took the lead and defeated Pakistan by 39 runs to qualify for semifinals against Sri Lanka, which they Sri Lanka won by default as the match was scratched off due to the unruly crowd. Sri Lanka went ahead to win their 1st Title by defeating Australia by 7 wickets.

The 7th edition of the World Cup was held in year 1999. This time again it both the side meet up during the Super Six fixture, India defeated Pakistan by 47 runs, yet they still failed to qualify for the semifinals which Pakistan was able to reach where they won against New Zealand but failed to win the finals against Australia. Australia went on to win their 2nd Title by 8 wickets.

8th World Cup, Year 2003. This was a great year where all the critics favored India to win their 2nd title, however it wasn’t so. They lost 2 matched in the entire tournament and both were against Australia. The first was during the preliminary matches and the 2nd was in the finals which was against Australia. It was Australia’s 3rd World Cup title. Even this year, India was set to play against Pakistan in the Group A match, which they won by 6 wickets chasing a total of 273.

9th World Cup, Year 2007. Not much to say, a meager performance by both India and Pakistan as they didn’t qualify for the Super 8’s. It was Australia’s 4th Title.

This year 2011 and the 10th Edition of World Cup. Both India and Pakistan have performed well and they are now set for a battle when they meet on Tuesday 30th March for the 1st Semifinals match.

The world cup stats for both the teams have been put forth, its time for you to make the bet and await and watch a classic match for sure.

Till them, lets hold on to our thoughts and cheer for our team.

Posted March 26, 2011 by aropkp in ICC, Just a thought, Sports

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