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India falters at the last hurdle, again!

India failed to win the Asia Cup failing miserably in the final against Sri Lanka. I guess they lost the battle psychologically to the new boy, Mendis. He was given away wickets like anything. What a fall for Indian batsmen who are supposed to play spin better? It again goes to prove that Indians are better players of spin on paper but on cricket wickets!! ha!! ha!! Joke..

Leaving aside the debacle of Indian Cricket team, the Wimbeldon finals yesterday between Nadal and Federer was an keenly contested match with Nadal finally prevailing over Federer in 5 sets. I didnt watch it yesterday but I know many people would have taken the pains to watch in the night yesterday after the Asia Cup final. In my growing years, (now also I grow, but more horizontally) Wimbeldon used to be a great entertainment on DD. There was no DD Sports in those days and all the matches starting Quarterfinals of Wimbeldon would be telecast live by DD. Whenever Wimbeldon was played, the finals would be on Sunday evening and the regular Tamil film would be sacrificed for the Wimbeldon finals. I used to watch almost all the matches of great players like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl etc., I used to be a great fan of "Boom Boom" Becker known for his powerful serves. Becker created sensation by winning the Wimbeldon at the age of 18. I also used to follow Leander Paes progress as a Junior player in the Wimbeldon. If I remember right, Leander won the Junior Wimbeldon in 1990, exactly 18 years ago. Those seems to be good old days now with this year I hardly watched a single set. Somehow the interest for Tennis as a sport has vanished and I have to admit that I cant even recognise many top players except for Federer, Nadal and Hewitt.

4 comments:

Santosh said...

Yes though the interest on Tennis has vanished it would have been better time spent last Sunday had somebody seen Wibeldon instead of Asia cup. Undoubtedly one of the greatest finals in the history of tennis. A nail bitter for Federer fans, more thrilling than having a roller coaster ride. Nadal certainly deserved to win. For Federer a strong message conveyed to improve his game to next level though he is still world No.1. In Asia cup we could say Mendis defeated Indian batsman rather than saying we lost to him. Though Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj & Rohit made poor shot selection we cannot hide the brilliance of this brave youngster Mendis. The best figuers in Asia cup by any bowler did not come without any hardwork. Nobodyelse were able to pick his line than the wicket keeper Sangakara, not even the umpires as couple of decisions went against him. If not for Mendis we would have finished the match in 30 overs. Jayawardene is the cunning man behind as he rested Mendis in the qualifying game against India before finals. It proved to be a killer surprise for Dhoni boys in Finals. Sri Lankans yet again have inserted a thorn in Indian flesh after 2007 World Cup. Lukily i got used to India losing in finals, 18 times since 1997.

Venkat Muthukrishnan said...

Hi Santosh,
Welcome back.. I didnt know that India has lost 18 finals since 1997. That is an interesting piece of information.

Dublin said...

It was a great final..I was waitin g for this to happen .. Nadal beating Federer in Grass..!!
It's not good for a sport for someone to dominate and win for years..

I guess every grand slam from now on will see a epic battle these two.

These two are far apart from the rest except Djokovic..

Venkat Muthukrishnan said...

Hi Dublin,

Let it bring back the interest to tennis in the near future.

rgds,
Venkat