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TGFT - Thank God For the Tie

Sachin - the Master Blaster“Move over Sheila Ki Jawani, Men in Blue are here” read a home made poster in the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru where the nail biting match between India and England ended in a Tie. Thank God for the Tie, if it wasn’t for the tie in these matches, India would have lost the match since India had lost all 10 wickets.

What a match Bhaisaab; what a match!!! An excellent knock of 120 by the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was a treat to watch. At a moment it seemed like the English captain Strauss could not get a control of the field placements. Nothing he tried could stop the amazing shots flowing from Sachin’s bat. At the same time the grit in Strauss’ eyes was an indication of what was to come.

If there was any one person responsible for the tie, it was Strauss. From the moment England walked on the pitch with Strauss as one of the opening pair batsmen, I was busy trying to put any and all possible spells on the man to become out. They didn’t work too well now, did they? He made a splendid 158 that kept the match in England’s reach. The non-dismissal of Bell will be talked about and hopefully debated to make necessary changes to the rules of the game. Let’s not forget Zaheer’s bowling that swung the pendulum back in India’s court when it seemed like England had the upper hand.

The pundits will continue to dissect the match on what the Dhoni Brigade did right and what they did wrong, what bit Piyush Chawla (kay chaw-la Piyush Chawla la) in that penultimate over. Did calling in for a power-play right after Tendulkar’s 100 work or not? The important thing is to try things different.

Now just bring the cup home boys. Chak De India!!!