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South Africa 2010: Five weeks, 32 nations, one dream – World Cup. Amidst massive heartbreaks, unimaginable  turn- arounds, crushing defeats, shattering egos, magnanimous display of nerves, brutality of moments, unfortunate decisions, awe-struck numbness, failures of superstars, absence of megastars, wholesome hysterics, deafening vuvuzelas, jubilations and tears, Maradonas and Dungas, superstitions and Octopus Paul Oracles, a truly deserving  winner emerged –  SPAIN, the reigning Eurocup2008 Champions. Muchas Felicidades.

Brazil, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Portugal were those which shocked the whole world by their unprecedented exit. Some humiliating, some lack-lustre with reasons best known to them returned home, hoping that they do some serious reality check. Whereas Paraguay, Ghana, Uruguay, Slovakia showed grit and determination to prove their worth on the biggest spectacle of the king of sports.

The one team which stole the hearts of millions by their stunning display of the game, the youngest of the whole lot, the most inexperienced side in the World Cup, with their uninhibited exposition of courageous football was Germany. Headed by their (handsome ;)) coach Joachim Löwe, the team reached semi-finals beating England in pre-quarters, Argentina in quarters only to be defeated by the prospective champions Spain in the semis. This brilliant team were also known to be the most multi-culti assemblage comprising Pudolski, Lahm, Klose, Özil, Khedira, Müller, Neuer, Friedrich, Schweinsteiger, Jansen, Mertesacker, Boateng and others altogether who scored 16 goals in all, highest in number in the tournament. The 20 yr old Thomas Müller outshone the most with 5 goals and 3 assists in his name was awarded the Golden Boot as well as the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. Miroslav Klose came as close as 14 goals, one short of Ronaldo with 15, for the most number of goal scorer in the history of World Cup.

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Surely I am biased towards Germany, but everyone  seems to be agreeing with the way I feel. The team who brought Rooney’s England crashing out 1-4 and hung Maradona’s head down in disbelief after a 0-4 defeat for Argentina, surely got standing ovation by the entire world. Finally they came back home grabbing the bronze medal by beating Uruguay in a thrilling 3-2 which everyone claimed was the actual final in all footballing terms.

Would like to quote @mojorojo here for his brilliant tweet during the final between Spain and Nederland – “So basically Germany won, Uruguay are 2nd, and the lamest 3rd place game EVER is currently on.” Also @FinancialUAE –“ Frankly neither team deserves to win after this dreadful display. Let’s give the cup to #Ger instead.”

And that’s all I wanted to hear 🙂

(Pic Courtesy: FIFA website/GettyImages)

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24.02.2010 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the God of cricket, the unstoppable, the invincible, the ageless, yet again creates history. The only batsman to score a double ton in an ODI. At an age when others conveniently call it a day, Sachin at just two months short of 37, is uncontainable. The remarkable record was created by him in Gwalior while playing against South Africa, surpassing the previous record of 194 by Saeed Anwar. What the final score was, who finally won remains insignificant against such a monumental achievement.

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God thanking God. Pic courtesy: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters

I had twitter to look upto for exact scores, it was almost ball by ball commentary by around 2000 ecstatic tweeple all over India. Although most of the live streaming were dead by the time Sachin was about to touch the elusive, I was lucky to capture the moment on one of the links. The euphoria was as of never before, the frenzy was maddening and thanks to the maniacal congregation, I did not miss the way I used to watch cricket together with folks back  home, roaring.

Would like to share some lovely tweets from the twitterati done in the honour of Sachin. Enjoy.

  • @Riteishd: Am praying for sachin’s double century. Ganpati bappa morya…
  • @chitraraj #sachinisgod #sachin tendulkar #sachin‘s ..same name trending 3/10 has never been in the history of twitter
  • @chitraraj: O Sachin To Thee I Pray, Increase my knowledge day by day #sachinisgod
  • @arjunvj: Reducing the number of atheists in India since 1989 – Sachin Tendulkar!
  • @sumit_kagrawal SACHIN TENDULKAR isn’t GOD… GOD is Sachin Tendulkar…
  • @sagarikaghose: Bharat Ratna for Sachin tendulkar!
  • @AshikOnFire: lo meri office ka ek table ek bande ne tod diya chadh gaya table k upar or nachne laga tha #Sachin
  • @AshikOnFire: Do we really need to prove to the world tht we r here n force to reckon, jus one man can make whole diff, we r billion plus. #sachin
  • @IshanManjrekar: Finally a 13 year old record which was set against India is broken by an Indian #SachinIsGod
  • @OmkarDash : 3/10 topics on twitter are dedicted to Sachin! This is history! Not even obama could do it! Not even apple or google!
  • @juniorbachchan SACHIN, YOU GIVE US INDIANS A GREAT REASON TO BE PROUD. AND THE REASON IS YOU!!!
  • @raghuonrails: I think India should have a 200 rupees note now with Sachin embossed on it #sachinisgod

Finally, I shall not write about the endless achievements of the master blaster, the legend, we all know it. I only want to express my state which is at its elevated best today, so thank you Sachin. I only want to thank Sachin’s parents for giving us the God of cricket. I only want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to live in the era when Sachin performs magic with his willow. I only want to say that I feel proud that he is an Indian.

We salute you Sachin. Take a bow.

As Sunil Gavaskar said ‘I want to touch Sachin’s feet’.

Tweets courtesy: Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Sagarika Ghosh, Arjun V J, Sumit Kumar Agrawal, Ashik Gosaliya, Ishan Manjrekar, Omkar Dash & Raghu

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