De Ghuma Ke…

“De Ghuma Ke…” is the war cry you hear whenever you switch on your television? In most of the TV/newspaper advertisements, you see you see Indian cricketers, be it a Chips company or a Cola company? Several contests you’re participating via SMS to win tickets? News channels flash a daily 1 hour show on cricket? I’m very sure, you don’t need any more hints of what we’re talking about, The Cricket World Cup 2011 in the Indian subcontinent, where Cricket is a religion and Cricket Gods are a way of life…

Ofcourse, with the recent success of the Indian Cricket Team, expectations are quite high from them to win the cup. All eyes will be on Sachin Tendulkar who might be playing his last World Cup and incidentally is the Official Ambassador of the Cricket World Cup 2011. Needless to say, it’s a known fact that whenever he played exceptionally well to his standards, India has done well in the World Cup. With 1796 runs from 36 matches (4 Hundreds, 13 fifties).

Let’s wrap it up and ponder on a few things to know about the World Cup 2011.

Stumpy – That’s the name of the official mascot of the World Cup.
* Young, enthusiastic and determined
* Thinks cricket is the most fun game in the world
* Loves playing street cricket – would play 24/7 if he could
* Worships cricket heroes, their technique, skill and character
* Understands there is a lot to learn, works hard at it, step by step
* Learning to master the art of concentration
* Dreams of playing in the World Cup…one day
* Age: 10 (human years)

The World Cup is the grand prize, US$3 Million prize money and the iconic trophy which we are seeing since 1999. It’s a 43 days event consisting of 14 teams divided in two groups viz Group A: Australia, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa and West Indies.

The World Cup officially started on Feb 19, 2011 at Shere-e-Bangal stadium, Bangaldesh with India and Bangladesh playing the first match. There are 13 venues where the matches are to be played across 3 countries co-hosting the World Cup: India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Final to take place at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 2. So, let’s jump into the craze and hope for a 1983 repeat.

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Pritam Sharma

The author Eats Cricket, Sleeps Cricket, Drinks Cricket, Breathes Cricket and of course Writes about Cricket.

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