Monday was a special day for me. It started with the good news of my buddy Yuvraj Singh returning back to India after beating the cancer. And it ended with a nail biting win over Deccan Chargers. It was an extremely close match and an absolute piasa vassol for the fans.
In the last over, we needed 18 runs to win and going by the general cricketing logic, Chargers were in the driver's seat. But Rohit Sharma had different plans. His self belief and calmness in the situation tells us something about his maturity. It is so heartening to see a young talented boy going out and delivering what is expected from him. Rohit is one of the most gifted players in the current drop of Indian cricketers. He is a clean striker of the ball with loads of time even against some of the fastest bowlers in the world.
Yuvraj returns home after winning battle with cancer
In my previous article I talked about responsibility and the intent to finish the job for your team. Rohit displayed what I exactly meant. Once you are set and got twenty thirty runs, then you need to be there and finish the job at the hand. This format doesn’t give batsman the time to settle. And that’s why settled batsman needs to make the most of their start.
On the bowling front, Munaf Patel joined the party to give us those crucial wickets. I would also like to hail the mighty effort of Dale Steyn. I would like to consider him as one of the best fast bowlers of our times. His spell was outstanding and literally stopped us from passing the finishing line. A win like this lifts the morale of the side and gives you the belief to fight all situations and challenges.
Talking about challenges and obstacles, who knows it better than my friend Yuvraj Singh. It is so good to see his smiling pictures all over the media. Though behind his smile is the pain and the struggle he has gone through. God has given him exemplary courage and determination to fight and win the battle against cancer. We know each other for a very long time, and have seen tremendous ups and downs together.
This man has gone through a lot, but there has been no space for complaints and regrets. A young 31 year old boy, at the prime of his life, with man of the tournament trophy in his hand, he was ready to take giant strides in his career. Suddenly he was handed over the reports confirming a life threatening disease. And that’s when you realize the true meaning of life. In the hindsight, all that cough and at times vomits with blood during the world cup looked so ominous. And he ignored all those signals for the greater cause.
While he was going through strenuous cycles of chemo, I could make out the pain and trauma he was facing in his voice. But whenever I spoke to him, he didn’t forget to crack a joke and was more concerned about my form, fitness and performance. That's what Yuvi stands for. In his circles he is known as Yaaron ka yaar. Dear Yuvi, all my wishes and prayers for you and like many other countrymen I am inspired by what you have achieved in life. I can’t wait to meet you and give you a big jhappi.
Coming back to our next game, Rajasthan Royals have done well so far and it would be a big challenge to go past them. Mumbai Indians are ready to host them at their own ground and would do all what it takes to be on the right side of the result.