I did not have a chance to blog about THE event of our lives – India winning the cricket world cup, since I was busy delivering BabyN the night after the win. The whole match was watched counting contractions, and timing them, to determine when to rush to the hospital!
What do I think about the win? Of course it was spectacular and I cried when I saw Sachin being hoisted up by Pathan and Kohli by turns, and the whole team dedicating the win to him. I had tears in my eyes when Gambhir dedicated the win to everyone who suffered on 26/11. I jumped with joy when I saw Dhoni go and accept the cup and the whole team take multiple victory walks around the stadium, popping out the huge champagne bottle and having a go at it! Speaking of which, I am totally sold on the Dhoni era. How amazing is this guy? At first I thought he was totally thanda and ineffective, not rising to the occasion and playing captain;s innings ever. Not yelling at his team for poor fielding and bowling, not pointing fingers at his team, and standing by poor players. But now I see the merits of his methods. He showed confidence in his team and they returned the favor by playing their hearts out. And the way Dhoni melted into the background during the celebrations, to allow Sachin take all the credit and the rest of the team bask in glory. How very leader like! The Dhoni effect was fully visible, with the team being relaxed and everyone just going with the flow in the final, as opposed to getting overwhelmed by the momentousness of the occasion.
So I humbly submit to all those (especially Hitchy) who asked me to have patience and trust Dhoni’s abilities. The man has nerves of steel, and is a master manager. Here’s to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Take a bow MS!