Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sa-chin up!

"Do you know Lara is retiring?" Viv turned to me and asked.

He was watching one of the insignificant matches of the World Cup. Ever since our blue monkeys got kicked out of the World Cup, every match has become insignificant to me. Alarmingly, cricket itself seems to have become insignificant to me. I think I'm just gonna root for a kabaddi World Cup now. And then Australia will saunter along and win it and I won't be surprised. That's how I have become.

But that's me - a typical Indian cricket fan. I love the game even though I don't understand all aspects of it. I love my team when they win and I yell at them when they lose. And then I love them again when they win.

I looked at him expressionlessly. A long deliberate pause later, I said, stressing on each word, "Viv, you know what?"



Realising that I was this close (--> <--) to losing interest in cricket altogether, he showed me this video, which I'm proud to present as the video of the week at the bar. This video has given me goosebumps, inspired me, and almost made me cry.

If you like:

(a) cricket
(b) Sachin
(c) science

this video is a deadly one. Titled 'The difference' and presented in three parts, it analyses the difference between Sachin Tendulkar and us in a very involving manner.

Watch it. It may:

(a) bring you back into the game if you're also turning cynical
(b) rekindle your love for cricket and all its little nuances
(c) remind you against all odds how incredibly proud our little master blaster makes us.

Inspiring words from Harsha Bhogle at the end - "If you marry a phenomenal work ethic to the talent you're born with, then you can achieve almost anything."

Goosebump alert: Nothing to do with cricket, but just watch Sachin's eyes from 07:02 to 07.08. Oh man.

Video courtesy Panesarv


Garam Bheja Fry said...


hehe *running with the pehla bottle*..chalo bottle haath me aa gayee ..
ab aaraam se baithe ke peeta hu..
yaani post padhta hu..!!:P

Neihal said...


Video nahi chal raha :(

let me try again.
But I doubt it will do much rekindling :P

Neihal said...

Sash not happening.
naya rule one gets gold unless they read the post and comment on it.....I'd better go before Bheja Fry goes Garam :P

Neihal said...

Oh! Gold Mera Sash...mera hua iss bar :D :D :D

Garam Bheja Fry said...

*burp* & *hick*

i heard anybody said 'gold mera hua'

*shrewd snigger* hewhewhew!! lagta hai khaali bottle uthaa li jo maine abhi trash can me phenki hai gatak ke!! :)

satish said...

kaise dekhun?

mann kee aankhon se?

Bivas said...

amazing video...tks [:)]

Iday said...

When will he retire???

Thisisme said...

me no cricket fan at all :D
i dont applaud them when they win ..nor do i kick them when they loose..bilkul sadhu wala attitude hai..sab moh maaya hai :D:D

Sonal Chinchwadkar said...


Amit Panhale said...

fultu talli, biddu..!

soleil said...

I first heard of Sachin when Confused Soul met him during one of the term breaks and took photos with him! When I asked who he was, the reply I got was, "He's an Indian cricket player." Totally understated! After watching that video, I'm blown away! You should go read her blog post on the day she met him!

Here's the link:

sd said...

Sahi hai!

Sakshi said...

I am still very much interested in cricket world cup, especially since Aussies have a chance at winning the thing :P

crazy said...

Awesome vids Sayesha. Definitely something which can make you come back to banking your trust/enthusiasm on the Indian cricket.

Amit Panhale said...

Want another goosebumps moment read this-

" Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives " - BBC

btw he turns 34 today...

Sayesha said...

#Garam Bheja Fry,
Khaali baatli lautana mat bhoolna, warna Bhai usko tere sar par barsa dega, kya? :D

Dekh toh le pehle! :)
ps: Yeah that rule is already there. Garam Bheja Fry toh sirf sheesha lekar gaya, sona toh tu le gayi muahahaa! :D

#Garam Bheja Fry,
WHAT? Trash can mein baatli phek di? Ab next tu jaayega trash can mein! :/

Hahahahahahaha! :D Haan, mann ki aakhon se hi dekh le! :D

Will transfer your thanks to Viv. :)

Aree! You dunno?? Gone! Gaayab! Chole gechhe! :/

Sadhu baba, yeh bar hai, yahan se toh aap kalti hi maro! :P

Thanks! :)

To-talli! :)

Hehehe... lucky her! I saw him when he came to Singapore coupla years ago but could not get close enough to take a pic, got with Shastri, Kumble, Kambli and a few others though. :)


Aussie sapota? Tu Aussie sapota hai?? HMMMPH! :/

Thanks!! :)

WOW. Awesome! What amazing use of words! I'm bowled over! :)


Neihal said...

OMG OMG OMG !!!!!!

Mujhko Gold mila hai "officially"

*time for the victory dance*

video dekha na Sash, but accept karne mein dikkat ho rahi brought back all the memories, and I kinda wish we could have more cricket like that. :(

we shall not refer to my first statement made in earlier comment :P

Iday said...

//Aree! You dunno?? Gone! Gaayab! Chole gechhe! :/

Ek hi series ke liye yaar. Woh Phir aayega, hamare dimag kharab karne ke liye.

Sayesha said...

Do-teen baar aur dekh le :)

Ab nahin aayega!