Monday, March 13, 2006

'S'aadha 'A'alunga ille!!

"Guess Australia's total in today's match?" asked my Husband on Sunday morning. "Enna 400-a?" I answered disinterestedly. "434/4!" said my husband still shaken! On an otherwise regular Sunday, his following a match on the internet with neither of the teams being India would have irritated me. But the score and the teams tempted me too. And what a match it was!!

This, following a match on the internet, reminded me of those by-gone days when people in India used to bury their ears into a transistor to listen to cricket commentary! It's been a long time since I followed Cricket. I have religiously watched even test matches with my Grandfather(the only thing he would watch on TV, cursing every time an Indian player bungled!) during the DD only days! It slowly came down to watching only 'one dayers'(with critisism from some friends about me wasting a day of my life watching those!) and then only 'highlights'(when tensions become too much to handle!)!

Funny that I used to think the constant 'loda-loda' of the commentators boring! With the undecipherable accented English and my zero knowledge about mid-offs/slip-ons(oh, adhu chappala!), I used to think they were as distracting as the comperes of Sun TV! Like most, I used to like the run chasing games in one dayers. If while (sitting or standing) in one position, our batsman hits a 4/6 or if our bowler gets a wicket, I would continue in that position till the over ends or my luck ends! Even this time, I stood with folded hands the last few overs of the game(Now you know how SA won! ;) )!

16 comments:

keerthi said...

Yeah.. now i know why "SA"adha won.. it was because of aadha !!

NaiKutti said...

i too was following on the web (TN la u need set-top box to see the match) till it got to 36 runs off 21 balls after which i had to leave to bglr :-(... but now that am back in bglr, i was able to catch the 1-hr highlights y'day... it was just awesome and a stunning performance by SA... am sure the entire match would have been like highlights :-)...

u can catch some of the highlights here

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I said...

The absence of Glenn McGrath will seriously pull down Australia's performance.

Exciting, as it was, I'd love a match that the bowler dominates. SA-Australia matches have mostly been that way and thus exciting. This one was a rare frenzied exception.

kuttichuvaru said...

first time here... nice blog...

ya, lotsa runs in the match... bowlers were plundered... aana Australia kku sariyaana adi... appdiyum ricky ponting thimiraa thaan pesinaan.... SA got a long deserved victory...

few yrs bak, Ind vs NZ match at Hyderabad... Sachin scored 186* runs in tat match.... after the match was over, they abandoned the ground temporarily coz it was below international bowling standards... if tat pitch was below par, wat abt these grounds??

The Talkative Man said...

In that famous Adelaide Test of 2003, Aus made 400/5 against us on the 1st day. 'Evlo varsham aanalum thirundhave maataanga', I thought(1st day 1st Test of 1999, they were 52/4 but the bottom half made 400 more). Pleasant surprise that Ind won.

In 1983, when Kapil made that famous 175* from 17/5, the whole team were superstitiously asked not to change their positions. Srikkanth who was standing on the balcony had to remain so for the next 3 hours! (When the innings broke for lunch, the Indian team avoided getting lunch for Kapil as they would face his wrath for getting out. So he had to queue up for lunch, eat it alone in anger(the tables in the tiny pavilion cafe were full then), then walk out to continue his epic innings!)

mitr_bayarea said...

Its been a long time since i watched cricket, whenever my husband reads the rediff news and tells me about Ind/Aus's performances, i too shrug it off indifferently, but once upon a time, back in India, the whole family, including my grandma would wind up for a one day match, in fact, tensions were so high when Ind was playing that my mom would pray to the local pillayar temple to break a coconut if we won:)

Me too said...

Keerthi, Got it! Good!(There was an Ad with this caption, anyone remember?)

Karthik, Million DANKS for the link!

MT, this high scoring match was all the more exciting b'cos it was between 2 strong teams and till the last over, it was anybody's game!

Kuttichuvaru, welcome and thanks for your comments! I felt really sorry for the bowler(Lewis?)who created world record for being the most expensive bowler in the history of cricket!! Pitch-a pitchu odharitaangala!!

ttm, most of the time, it is a pleasant surprise when India wins! ;)
Whoa, Kapil!

Mitr, your local pillayar is very modest! :)

tt_giant said...

What a match!. Although I did not see, I followed it thru the web. And thanks Karthik, for the link!

Sadhashiv said...

An excellent match... true but there was a better match on between India and England... how can people discuss abt Australia and South Africa match when India is playing and it jus goes on to prove that neither team has got good bowlers and i doubt whether the boundary rope was pulled in to give some entertainment for the fans. In a country which is popular for match fixing (Hansie Cronje) you never know... I jus got confused as to whether the title was referring to me... 'S'adha

Sadhashiv said...

I actually visited here to see a post on Holi... What happened???? anyway 'HAPPY HOLI' to all of you bloggers

I said...

Better match between India and England? Test cricket played in India is a damn joke.

Raju said...

Ennanga, unga side-lerundhu cricket post-a? (pinching myself)..

Great match.. Thanks to Karthik for the link.. I was in two minds whether to subscribe to the streaming, when I saw the SA go helter-skelter.. unfortunately, i felt damn sleepy after watching the Ind-Eng test match; and, I knew we had some work in the lab, so didnt watch it.. When I left to school, it was like last 35 runs reqd. in about 3-4 overs.. As soon as I reached the lab, i got a call from my friend enquiring whether I am following the match.. Unbelievable to know that SA could win.. Aus is notoriously famous for 'somehow' managing to win this kinda tight matches, but not this time...

Me too said...

Deepak, Internet vaazhga, ille!

Sadhashiv, naa cricket enna game-kkagava paappen?! Now all my favourites have become old and I hardly know the new ones. Inga match paakavum mudiyadhu. Appa endha match follow panna enna!

Reg Holi, "nee enna Karadai nombu seidhaya, ille AK-kku birthday wish dhan seidhaya? Naan en podavendum Holi post!!" :)

Raju, neenga kandippa idha paththi post pannuveengannu nenachen. Serinnu naan compensate panniten!

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