Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Last Miracle

6 balls 3 runs.

The stage was set. The actors geared up. The audience was palpitating. Inzy, the Pakistani skipper was on strike. Dada had the ball in his hands. Who was to bowl the last over? Who would be the Achiles from the Indian camp? Dada was setting the field. He calls out to somebody at the mid-on boundary. Zaheer? Sehwag? or Karthik? Nobody was surprised when they saw who was running towards the pitch. Sachin Tendulkar himself. Yes. He was the Achiles. Without batting an eyelid he started setting the field. He knew what was expected of him. He had done miracles before. But the audience was losing hope.

He bowls the first ball. Dot.

Second ball. Dot too.

People start getting up from their seats. It’s difficult to sit down.

4 balls 3 runs.

He bowls. Inzy steers it towards point. Comfortable two runs.

3 balls 1 run. Even a kid would do it.

Dejected, people begin to leave.

But Achiles is still standing. Still shouting instructions at the top of his voice.

He bowls. It’s a dot. The audience stops. Turns and gathers again.

2 balls 1 run.

And then it happens. There’s a thunderous applause after the ball is bowled. It’s a dot!

1 Ball 1 run.

It doesn’t get closer than this. They don’t have battles like these anymore. Predictably the Indian camp goes for its trademark huddle. Fielders start closing in. Achiles is leading everybody now towards a probable miracle. There’s a hush in the crowd. Most of them have started praying. Those three minutes seem like three whole ages.

And then…

The warrior moves. Marches forward to bowl, which all hope, would go down in history as the most memorable over ever.

When 1 billion people are praying for the ball to hit the stumps the ball decides to hit the bat and flee away from the fielder. Victory. Viva Pakistan.

A stunned silence envelopes the nation.

The Gods have gone against Achiles. He looks up at the sky. He closes his eyes…and so do 1 billion people who believe in him.


(For the uninitiated Achiles is a character from the movie Troy)

7 Comments:

Blogger anubhav said...

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April 14, 2005 8:15 AM

 
Blogger anubhav said...

guess inzy attacked sachin's Achilles heel on the last ball...:D

and we expected too much from our achilles ...match was already lost..sachin just tried his best..

April 14, 2005 8:17 AM

 
Blogger Sublime Thoughts said...

Yeah..but thats us we always expect miracles outta him...buncha fools...We lost it when Yuvraj bowled his expensive 2 overs...

April 15, 2005 3:01 AM

 
Blogger Khizzy said...

thanks.
and iv always wanted to be one of those 'deep' writers.lol, u know throwing big words left right and centre.
feels good to know that ppl like my haphazard jottings.
:)
hmmm... check out kAy's blog, if u havent already

April 15, 2005 2:32 PM

 
Blogger Victim Of Desire said...

great description..it really was shattering..and if that was less..afridi's 46 ball 102 is going to haunt me for my life

April 15, 2005 9:46 PM

 
Blogger monk said...

hi
Well the match is over and the crusification will start by 100 million people on wheather the strategy A or plan B would have been right anyways always be prepared to accept the truth than to find what If ????? types of results better luck next time hey u all dont be down we will beat them next time. it's mutual, after all we can not be bad host......what say beating a vising team infront of their GENERAL Very bad
Better luck next time

April 18, 2005 2:14 AM

 
Blogger monk said...

hi
Well the match is over and the crusification will start by 100 million people on wheather the strategy A or plan B would have been right anyways always be prepared to accept the truth than to find what If ????? types of results better luck next time hey u all dont be down we will beat them next time. it's mutual, after all we can not be bad host......what say beating a vising team infront of their GENERAL Very bad
Better luck next time

April 18, 2005 2:14 AM

 

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