Thursday, March 6, 2008

Indian cricket team felicitated in New Delhi

The Indian cricket team was felicitated in New Delhi after a victorious one day series against Australia and Sri Lanka. Thousands of spectators thronged the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to catch a glimpse of their stars. The cash-rich BCCI once again demonstrated its financial muscle awarding Rs.58 lakhs to each member of the victorious team. The Indian team deserves all the accolades for an outstanding win defeating the World Champions in their own den. This was in spite of all the controversies and pressure that was on the team. Perhaps, the biggest hero emerging out of this triumph is Bhajji who put up a brave face in spite of the pressure from the Aussie crowd and media. Adding spice to the victory is the fact that this was achieved with a young and inexperienced team while the Aussies had the services of all the experienced players. Young guns like Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar came up with sizzling performances when it really mattered. MS Dhoni's captaincy was also pretty good and his handling of tense situations speaks volumes of his capabilities. The cherry on top of the cake was of course the two masterpieces by the little master Sachin Tendulkar in the finals. Apart from doing his job clinically on the field, he has acted as a mentor and role model for the youngsters guiding them through tough times. One hopes that this young team continues in the same vein. But for now we can safely say that the Indian team is heading in the right direction in order to capture the crown from the Aussies.

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