Friday, November 10, 2006

First Of All... I Would Like To Say... Im Proud To Be An Indian...

In April this year, there was the Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan in Mumbai. The tie was level at 2-2 with Aisam Qureshi really playing his heart out for Pakistan. The final match was to be between Aqueel Khan and Rohan Bopanna. But then, the great man Leander Paes stepped in to play the final game instead of the inexperienced Bopanna. And what a match it was.

Leander won the first 2 sets easily and looked poised to finish off the match. But as luck would have it, the rustiness from not playing singles for a long time resulted in cramps which affected his game. This enabled Aqueel to pick up the next two sets, the fourth set being won 6-0. All this while, Leander could do nothing, but hobble and walk. But Leander came back to fight cramps and his opponent to win the final set 6-1 thereby scripting an epic comeback. Now, knowing Leander's propensity to raise his level in the Davis Cup, it came as no surprise that he won against all these odds. But what really got me sitting up and watching was that just 2 points before he won, he had tears in his eyes before he served and again after winning the last point, he burst into tears. It was just too amazing to see someone have the heart for these challenges even after 17 years on the circuit. Specially in a non-monetary tie like the Davis Cup.

My heart beats for India. And this is the reason why...

2 comments:

Anshum said...

There's a similar incident that comes to mind...

The result was a defeat for India against Pakistan in the famous Chennai Test in 1999.

And the tears Sachin Tendulkar shed in the dressing room during the presentation ceremony were of abject pain and anguish and not of pride and joy...

Its ironic that such contrasting situations and emotions stand for the same thing...

And that is how much winning for their country means to the two greatest sportsmen India has produced in the last 2 decades...

Well now you know why they is only one Sachin and one Lee...

PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN !!!!

Anshum said...

Well now you know why there is only one Sachin and only one Lee...