After a long time, I have enjoyed watching cricket. Twenty20 is exciting, fast, full of drama and nothing could have been better for an Indian cricket fan than to see India being crowned Champions!
The 5 most memorable moments of the tournament (fortunately found all the videos on YouTube!).. (in chronological order)
1. India-Pakistan Group Match – BOWL-OUT
The first (and only) bowl-out in the series. Enough has been said about Dhoni’s choice of bowlers including picking up slow bowlers and giving the ball to Uthappa and Sehwag who hadn’t bowled in the match! .. Good stuff! .. More so ‘coz all this was against Pakistan.. Cricket-ainment at its best!
2. Yuvraj Singh – 6 sixes!
Sir Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri did it in first class cricket. Herschelle Gibbs did it against Netherlands. Yuvraj Singh did it in the Twenty20 World Cup!. The Bowler — Staurt Broad. The opponents.. England! The occasion.. couldn’t have been bigger.. Sweet Revenge!
3. Bhajji doing the Bhagra!
Against Australia.. Just when India’s about to win! .. Captures the spirit of the team really.. FREE to play.. Unafraid to express! .. Very different from the Indian teams seen in the recent past!
4. Sreesanth dismissing Hayden
India have always been and behaved like minnows against Australia. It was nice to see Sreesanth giving them a dose of their own medicine. I agree at times he does look like he’s bigger than his boots but this was his day.. and he was BLAZING!
5. Game, Set, Match & Championship!
Dhoni lifting the cup! .. There was a power failure at my place at this point.. WHat timing, I thought! .. Called up a friend to at least listen to what Dhoni had to say in the presentation. I remember he’d said some really classic stuff at the Presentations of some of the earlier matches. What I appreciate about DHoni is his no-nonsense approach to speaking in front of the media and audiences… Straight from the heart!