India has finally reached the pinnacle of glory . I am of course talking about India's greatest-ever achievement in the sports arena - beating Pakistan in the Final to become World Champions in Twenty20 Cricket.
For all their toil and subsequent humiliation in this year's ODI World Cup, the Indian players have redeemed themselves by their triumph in the Twenty20 format, a moment of crowing glory for a sport par excellence. We cursed the players, hit their homes with stones, promised we would never watch cricket again, after the ODI World Cup debacle but we will forever sing this team's praises, at least until we win our next World Cup.
In the midst of all the celebrations comes the dampener that Indian hockey players ( they won the Asia Cup a few weeks back) are protesting against the 'step-motherly' treatment' meted out by the various state governments who decided to award lakhs of money to the victorious cricketers from their respective states, but ignored the hockey players.
There are similar accusations against the Punjab, Jharkhand and Haryana governments, and Air India, and the Sahara Group, a sponsor for both the cricket and hockey teams.
Some of us might wrongly mistake Vikram Kanth, Raghunath, Sunil and Tirkey for Kollywood heroes but it seems they are some of our national hockey players who feel irked that the Karnataka government has announced a cash reward of Rs.5 lakh each to the members of the victorious Indian cricket team. If the government succumb to these players' demands, before long all other sportspersons in India would go on a hunger-strike.
Agreed that some cricketers make millions from endorsements but what about a couple of lesser players earning much less compared to the crores earned by some senior players. After all, they cheered their team on from the dug-out and helped tie the shoe-laces of the players going out to bat. Tell me, who has enough money? After all, money is worthless unless some people have it and others do not.
Cricket is more than a religion (as any fan would reiterate!) in India and that is because we won the World Cup about 25 years ago and in spite of years of under-achievement, countless humiliations, and match-fixing scandals, Indians love their sports, which is not just restricted to cricket. We do cheer for Sania everytime.
Just 11 countries from all over Asia took part in the Asia Cup. On the other hand, 12 countries (not including Namibia, Bermuda, Canada, Ethiopia) from all over the world participated in the World Twenty20 Championships. The Indians scored 57 goals and conceded just 5 in the Asia Cup but then Yuvraj scored 6 sixers in an over! We all know which is front-page news. And, Yuvraj will kick Tirkey's ass right out of the ground.
Also, Shahrukh might have portrayed the role of a hockey coach in Chak De India...but we all noticed that the star of Indian Cinema preferred to cheer the Indian Cricket team in the Twenty20 final in South Africa than cheer the Indian hockey team at home. Hockey can blow me.
The hockey players are envious of the cricketers just because the Sahara Group has decided to award a house each for the cricketers but gave the finger to the victorious hockey team. These hockey players should be satisfied with the commendation letters they received from the President of India. They can sell the letters on e-bay and if they are lucky, they might even manage to get the same amount of money that our cricketers spend on their hair-cuts.
We have not won any medal in our national sport hockey (after 1980) be it in the Olympics or the World Cup. But in cricket, after years of ignominy, we have won the greatest of them all...the World Twenty20 Championships. With a feeling of smugness, we showered the victorious cricket team with flowers during their victory parade.
THIS WAS A COMPARISON BETWEEN CRICKET AND HOCKEY JUST TO JUSTIFY THE TOPIC.
SO YOU SEE IN INDIA ITS ALL ABOUT NAME AND FAME WHETHER IN CRICKET OR IN ANY OTHER FIELD.
WE JUST WAN'T TO HAVE OURSELVES SEE ON TOP OF EVERYONES MIND............AGREED THIS IS DREAM OF ALL OF US BUT IN THIS LONG RUN WE NOT FORGETTING OUR PURE AND ORIGINAL IDENTITY....................
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Nishant Mishra on 2009-03-05 23:44:53 wrote,
nice article...but who does'nt run behind name and fame???
Prashant Gaur on 2009-03-06 00:05:20 wrote,
@but who is the ultimate loser in all this..!!!
Sharang Mittal on 2009-03-08 14:40:47 wrote,
Sharang Mittal on 2009-03-08 14:42:13 wrote,
Ritesh kushwaha on 2009-03-29 20:24:40 wrote,
great article bro. Post some more articles like this