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
doubt the most important one so far," the 29 year old Gambhir told
after reaching Delhi
"It was a special knock for me as it came in a special situation. The
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
His Delhi team mate Kohli supported him in a vital 83 run stand for the
"Obviously, a century in the final would have been the icing on the
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
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.
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 :
Former English captain, Mike Atherton averred that Dhoni's match
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
a freedom found mostly a peg or two down from the kind of stage upon
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
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
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
his batsmen for playing to the gallery rather than for the team and it
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
that was backfired, it was a ploy that was commented upon and chewed
... And why, everyone wanted to know, was Ashwin not playing at
"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
podium, did he complain about the spotlight; not once did he lose his
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
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
had the men to do it. Could they cope with the round-the-clock scrutiny,
suffocating, all encompassing demands of public for whom anything other
the ultimate victory would have been unacceptable. In short, did they
"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
whilst bringing down the curtain on another, nobody embodied this
of mind and character more than their captain Dhoni. His calmness
has been a key factor in enabling this team to reach its
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
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
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
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
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
he would become only the second Indian captain to grasp the World Cup in