Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Triumph and Heartbreak
This week saw India lose another final at the 'Ind-Zim-NZ' triangular tourney and it also saw an unlikely hero in teenager Sania Mirza, who reached Round 4 of the US Open.
Sania's dream run was ended by none other than the reigning glam queen of the sport, Maria Sharapova. The scoreline of the hour long match read 6-2, 6-1. However the match was a little more hard fought than that. Sania put up a solid fight in every game and managed to stress Maria's serve. Sania's got talent but she really has got to do something about that serve of her's. Geoff Boycott's mum could smash that back for a down the line winner with a walking stick! Anyways, she did a great job. You go, girl!
Now lets talk about those 'Men in Blue'. Given that the team had a great run from 2001 to 2004, one can allow them a period of mediocrity for a while. They'd better get their act together before the World Cup, though! The tournament had a few takeaways...Ganguly scoring routinely in double figures (hey it's an improvement,ya?), Pathan and Nehra bowling well (except in the finals, but we'll allow that...too much pressure after all!), Yuvi's and Kaif's return to form of sorts and Dhoni's batting. The newcomers (Venugopal Rao and Jai P Yadav) failed to impress in the opportunities that they got. Suresh Raina didn't get much of a chance. Dravid's slump is scary. Many will admit that the final was a game India should have won, but losing finals has become an art form with these guys... Its on to the test series now. One would hope for a 2-0 India scorecard, but let's not get too ahead of ourselves!