In a way, yes. Especially in the last few years the epicentre of cricket has slightly shifted from metros like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. Players are coming from smaller towns. Our captain is from Ranchi. Players like Munaf Patel, Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla belong to smaller towns. Skill-wise, they are as good as anyone.
My 100th ton can wait but not the World Cup. This was my last Cup, so winning that was topmost, the only priority. How are boys from small towns different from those from big cities? Are they more motivated?
They are different because they are original, as far as their cricketing style is concerned. Though I was an end result of organised coaching of Mumbai cricket, I would still say that (Ramakant) Achrekar Sir’s style was different. He encouraged his students to retain their original style. He rarely changed a batsman’s grip or changed the bowling style of a bowler. In places like Ranchi, Mahi (Dhoni) tells me that cricket facilities were a bare minimum. Look at him or Munaf now, they have their own playing style. Dhoni used to play football and that’s made him faster and stronger. Players from smaller towns sacrifice a bit more to develop their cricketing skills. They are more motivated about making it big.
You were chasing this dream for almost 20 years. Do you believe in luck or destiny?
I totally believe in destiny. In cricket, we say that form is temporary and class is permanent. I will go further and say that in life luck is temporary and destiny is ongoing. You may work hard or prepare well for the big occasion, but whether you succeed or not doesn’t lie in your hands. You should work hard on your skills and, most importantly, do good karma. Only then can you invite your destiny. We were all chasing this dream of the World Cup but somehow we weren’t reaching there. Our team was very competitive, not just in 2003, but even in 1996. In 1996, we lost in the semis to Sri Lanka and they went on to win the Cup. We played great cricket to reach the 2003 finals but lost our way. This time all our efforts were in the right direction. Destiny played its part, we became world champions.
This time all our efforts were in the right direction. Destiny played its part, and we became world champions. What is so special about this team?
I think it’s the great dressing room atmosphere. In Gary (Kirsten), we had the best coach and his support staff team was absolutely brilliant. Our preparation too was very specific. We learned to concentrate on preparation and just not think about the end result. The team was in a relaxed mood before all the big matches. We were really happy in each other’s company. We followed an important principle of Gandhian thought—the principle of honest disagreement. Gandhiji used to say that honest disagreement is often a sign of progress. At team meetings, all the members were encouraged to express their opinion. I think that also helped us.
You missed out on a major landmark, scoring a 100th ton.
In team sports, individual milestones are the last priority. To put it in perspective, I’d like to say that my 100th ton can wait but not the World Cup. This was my last Cup, so winning that was topmost and the only priority.
After the match, many players openly said that they wanted to win the World Cup for you. They carried you on their shoulders for the victory lap. What was it like?
It was truly amazing. We were very emotional when the moment arrived. We couldn’t hold back our tears. But let me tell you, these tears of joy taste sweet. We were happy in each other’s success and we backed a player who was not doing well. Now, I believe that if a sportsperson gives his 100 per cent, then a day will come when destiny beckons to you to hand over what you richly deserve. But for that to happen, you must keep chasing your dreams, keep working hard.
The Indian team also symbolises a united India, with players from different beliefs and backgrounds. How does that feel?
This is what gives us the greatest joy. Our success on the field means so much for 120 crore Indians and even those Indians living abroad. Which is why the team dedicated the Cup to the 120 crore Indians. We are so proud of our armed forces. Because of them, we feel secure. We can experience freedom because they are sacrificing their lives for us. I am too small a person to comment but I’d like to salute them on this occasion.
(Sunandan Lele represents the Sakal Media Group, publishers of Sakal, Maharashtra’s No. 1 Marathi daily, besides magazines and interests in regional TV)
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
the team played like a team and it is good to see that every member contributed for the win.this time sachin had less pressure as the burden of entire team was not upon him and thus the team won.there are a little that reamins to be added to sachin's resume now.the 300 runs in a test or a mamooth innings there.the bharat ratna and the century of century is a matter of time for a great person that sachin is.
such a humble person he is and people still say dat he plays for records not for the team or the nation...............i think such people are really jealous of him and his success.............hats of 2 u master.........we all regard you in high respect......
There is no better model to follow in sports or even in life than this great man.
How.. how.. how.. does this guy still manage to stay humble !!?
--I totally believe in destiny. In cricket, we say that form is temporary and class is permanent. I will go further and say that in life luck is temporary and destiny is ongoing. You may work hard or prepare well for the big occasion, but whether you succeed or not doesn’t lie in your hands. You should work hard on your skills and, most importantly, do good karma. Only then can you invite your destiny-
Thank you Sachin, now that is BhagavatGita!! That is the very same advise given to Arjuna by Krishna......no wonder you are the best!
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