India's Transfiguring Hour    

As we said in our columns before, 1030 PM on 02042011, proved to be India's
transfiguring hour !

Some idol worshipping Indians have not acknowledged the role played by
Gambhir. He came in when Sehwag was out second ball and when he got out, the
score was 223/4 and the dew had set in !

"The 97 in the World Cup final was not the best innings in my career but no
doubt the most important one so far," the 29 year old Gambhir told reporters
after reaching Delhi

"It was a special knock for me as it came in a special situation. The whole
country was expecting us to win the World Cup and I have contributed my bit
in India's triumph. So, it was the most important innings of my career."

His Delhi team mate Kohli supported him in a vital 83 run stand for the
third wicket.

"Obviously, a century in the final would have been the icing on the cake.
But winning was more important for the country. If you had hit a century but
your team lost there was no point," said the dashing left hander.

Normally he opens, but when he came in at No 3, India were 0/1, and his
experience as an opener served him well, particularly against the fast
slinging deliveries of Slinga Malinga !

"On the other hand, if you missed a century but helped your team win the
World Cup, that I will take."

One billion people were worried that the Little Master may score a century
and India may lose. One billion minds were worried that Indian batting may
collapse. But when Gambhir and Dhoni took over the responsibility of
steering India to victory, gone were the worries from the minds of the one
billion. One billion felt like World Champions from then on.


Jup SunMar

MerMoo

Ket
Ven RASI LA

Rah

Sat

The map of the Heavens at 0230 PM, 02042011, Mumbai.
LA means Lunar Ascendant ( Here Cancer Moon )

On April 1, Moon was the only planet adverse for India. On Apr 2, Moon moved
over to India's House of Fortune and all planets became beneficial.

It was as if the heavens stood ranged to say
"Be Thou The World Champions" !

Saturn in the benign Thirld represented the Crown
Jupiter, Mercury, Moon, Sun, Mars in the Ninth represented Divine Grace
Venus in the Eighth represented Wealth
And the Nodes in the 6/12 represented Conquest

Dhoni's knock the best in WC Final : Atherton

 


Former English captain, Mike Atherton averred that Dhoni's match winning 91
not out matches the greatest innings ever played by a captain in the WC
Final. His 79 ball innings could be compared the the match winning 102 made
by Clive Lloyd in the '75 final !
 
"Dhoni's unbeaten 91, topped off  with a towering six over long-on to win the
match, was an astonishing  innings. It was fashioned under pressure but with
a freedom found mostly a  peg or two down from the kind of stage upon which a
World Cup final is  played," Atherton said.
 
"The greatest innings ever played by a captain in  a World Cup final was
Clive Lloyd's monumental hundred against Australia at  Lord's in the
inaugural tournament in 1975 and if this was not its equal  then it was not
far behind," he wrote in his column for The Times  newspaper.
 
"Lloyd was in Mumbai in his role as chairman of the ICC's  Cricket Committee
and as Dhoni went  past him on the stage to collect his man of  the match award,
the West Indian would have recognised a fellow traveller,"  he said.
 
Dhoni was under intense scrutiny by one billion people and  Atherton was all
praise for his leadership qualities. .
 
"Nobody,  except Sachin Tendulkar, has been under more scrutiny. Every
decision, every  move, every statement has been pored over by an army of
writers and pundits.  After the defeat against South Africa, Dhoni criticised
his batsmen for  playing to the gallery rather than for the team and it was
as if he had  tossed a meaty bone to the most voracious pack of jackals
imaginable ...  they gnawed on this juicy offering for days to come.
 
"When, in the same  match, he gave Ashish Nehra the final over instead of
Harbhajan Singh, an  instinctive move that was perfectly reasonable but one
that was backfired,  it was a ploy that was commented upon and chewed over
... And why, everyone  wanted to know, was Ashwin not playing at all?" wrote
Atherton.
 
"Throughout, though, Dhoni has carried himself with the air  of a man for
whom such matters were trivial. Not once, until he let the mask  slip on the
podium, did he complain about the spotlight; not once did he  lose his cool
on the field."
 
Nobody doubted the Indian talent to win  the WC, but the question was whether
they could absorb the formidable  pressure and emerge victorious. Dhoni as
the leader did his duty with  calmness and supreme confidence.
 
"This was a triumph of leadership, pure  and simple. The question throughout
was not whether India had the talent to  win the World Cup but whether they
had the men to do it. Could they cope  with the round-the-clock scrutiny, the
suffocating, all encompassing demands  of public for whom anything other than
the ultimate victory would have been  unacceptable. In short, did they have
the bottle?
 
"They had it all  right - whole jeroboams of it - and, on a magnificent and
moving night in  Mumbai which sealed the glorious career of one modern master
whilst bringing  down the curtain on another, nobody embodied this strength
of mind and  character more than their captain Dhoni. His calmness throughout
has been a  key factor in enabling this team to reach its potential," wrote
the former  English captain.
 
With his decision to come ahead of the Man of the  Tournament, which was an
example of a leader taking upon himself the  responsibility of leading from
the front and with a superb display of power  batting,
Dhoni had silenced  millions of critics !
 
Atherton felt  Dhoni's move to promote himself up the order in the final was
the perfect  example of a captain taking upon himself the responsibility of
leading from  the front.
 
"From the very first ball, which he blocked, but with such  crispness and
determination in his footwork, it was clear that Dhoni was  ready to seize
the moment and shape his team's destiny.
 
"When he came  into the Indian team he was a bit of a showpony, if truth be
told, riding  his man of the match bike around the outfield, and playing
crazy shots  almost for the sake of it. Few would have guessed that a mature
leader was  lurking within.
 
"Yet there he was on Saturday evening, as the fireworks  lit the Mumbai
skyline, millions hanging on his every word and waiting for  the moment when
he would become only the second Indian captain to grasp the  World Cup in his
hands."