Days after the sweet victory in cricket against South Africa, the Sunday’s match of the FIH Hockey World Cup held in India kept the viewers at the edge of their seats, pitting India versus Pakistan. Both nations are gunning down each other’s soldiers across at the borders, so when their hockey teams were on the ground, tension in the air was as tight as the match that followed. By the end of the clash of sticks, the Indian emerged victorious by 4 goals, against Pakistan’s 1.
The home team converted two penalty corners out of three to go 2-0 up the first half. Immediately after the start of the second half, popular player Prabhjot Singh penetrated a bunch of skirmishing Pakistani defenders to score India’s third goal.
Four-time winners Pakistan are led by Zeeshan Ashraf, who had said recently that beating India here would mean more to Pakistani fans than winning the Cup itself. India, the 1975 champs, are led by Rajpal Singh. India coach Jose Brasa has said India must keep their emotions under check while playing Pakistan.
Spain defeated South Africa 4-2 in the opening match of the World Cup at New Delhi’s Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday. Next, England defeated Australia with 3-2 game score.
“Cricket is religion and Sachin Tendulkar is God” is a common saying in India. The one-day international match at Gwalior, India, between India and South Africa today (Feb 24, 2010) just proved why, all over again.
Tendulkar thwacked his way into the books of history with an unbeaten 200 runs a terrific end to the first innings, and India erupted with joy and chants lauding him. And as many of the recent records under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India too entered the record books for scoring their personal highest in an ODI. They were 401 for 50 overs.
Toward the end, Dhoni added an element of doubt to the inevitability of a Tendulkar’s 200 by denying him strike at the end of three successive overs. Tendulkar’s fans all over the globe were livid. Luckily, Dhoni’s last hit failed to make it to the boundary, thanks to SA’s quick fielder. And Tendulkar finally gets his strike to create history. And that he did.
Gwalior and the rest of the world witnessed a phenomenal double ton they probably will never again. A tired Tendulkar took off his helmet and waved his bat to world in acknowledgement. And the world bowed back to him.
More on Sachin Tendulkar, courtesy Cricinfo:
After 39 years of ODI cricket, Sachin Tendulkar chose arguably the best bowling attack doing the rounds, to eclipse the record for the highest score ever before bringing up the first ever double-hundred in the game’s history. The lucky spectators at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior were privileged by one of the most special knocks from Tendulkar’s blade, as he batted without any of the shackles he has imposed on himself in the latter part of his career. Nothing could deny the master – be it bowlers, fielders or mix-ups. Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan and MS Dhoni stood by and admired as Tendulkar unfurled all the shots in his repertoire and more, to take India past the 400 mark.
In the 46th over, with a flick for two past short fine-leg, Tendulkar broke the record for the highest ODI score, going past the 194 made by Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry and Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar, and to say that he acknowledged his feat modestly would be an understatement. He didn’t raise his bat, merely shook hands with Mark Boucher and simply carried on batting amid the din. Coming from a man who is not known to showing too much emotion with the bat in hand, it wasn’t surprising. He reserved his celebrations for the magic figure of 200, which he reached in the final over with a squirt off Charl Langeveldt past backward point. He raised his bat, took off his helmet and looked up at the skies and it was only fitting that one-day cricket’s highest run-getter reached the landmark.
Sachin Tendulkar – Lessening the number of atheists in India since 1989.
The McDowell Signature Indian Derby 2010 was an extremely high profile event, with Mumbai’s rich and famous attending it. With the betting turnover in crores, these were some really terrific races that gave the crowd a super adrenaline rush. For me, it was just great to be in the same seating area as Vijay Mallya, the tycoon who owns United Spirits, an airline, and much more.
But the highlight of the event was the final race. What a twist and what a run by the winning filly Jacqueline. Outstanding! Check out a little more about the record Jacequeline created to bring home a prize money of $12.5 million, here!