Ashish Nehra completely vindicated his captain’s faith in him and turned out a worthy performance © Getty Images
Ashish Nehra completely vindicated his captain’s faith in him and turned out a worthy performance © Getty Images

 

By Dhananjay Devasper

 

Well it’s done and dusted now. India have secured a place in the World Cup finals in Mumbai. It required a heroic effort to get over the line against Pakistan. While every aspect of the game will be analysed and “banal-ysed” till pigs fly, the fans look at things differently, especially during the course of the game.

 

Let me give you a fan’s perspective of what goes through his mind when a high-stakes match, such as the semi-final is played. As fans we look at a bit of luck and complete superstition to turn things in favour of the teams that we support.

 

Let’s talk about luck. Two events conspired to make one a believer Wednesday. The first was the much-reviled decision to include Ashish Nehra in place of Ravichandran Ashwin. As it turned out, Ashish Nehra completely vindicated his captain’s faith in him and turned out a worthy performance.

 

The second was Sachin Tendulkar leading a charmed life. Four dropped catches and an lbw that looked plumb, till Hawkeye disagreed. You had to believe that luck was going India’s way.

 

As a fan, I have numerous superstitions when the game gets under way. It all starts with which channel I view the match on, where I sit on my couch to see the match, the position of my laptop, and the fact that no one else can touch it when the match is going on. It’s inexplicable and extremely frustrating for non-cricket lovers who follow the game only when India and Pakistan play each other, but ask any die-hard fan and you’ll probably find that each has his own set routine during the match.

 

As far as I go, it was interesting to note that Pakistan were slightly ahead till I was watching the match at home. I somehow managed to convince the folks watching the match with me, to watch the semi-final at packed bar. And lo behold! Bhajji foxed Umar Akmal off the first ball that we saw, when we entered! Needless to say, wild horses couldn’t have dragged us out of that place!

 

As it turns out, India won the match and will now take on Sri Lanka in the final. And am sure we are going to need all the luck, superstitions and planets to align, in addition to some gritty performances to clinch the World Cup.

 

So, do you have your favourite superstitions for the final?

 

Stay tuned…

 

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)