INDIA Won the one day cricket
7th Nov 1998 S.Gopinath @hotmail.com
Yesterday, INDIA won the first one day Vs. Srilanka. Please share your feelings and joy with me. S.Gopinath from CHENNAI.
10th Nov 1998 K.Varatharajan @igcar.ernet.in
Dear Mr. Gopinath, India winning Sri Lanka in one day cricket match yesterday is really fantastic and deserves appreciation on two factors: (1) In the opening, India really faced tough fielding by Sri Lanka (2) Motivation and spirit developed due to (1) leading to wonderful team work among Indians could be very happily seen. I wish this spirit to continue in the coming years. (K.Varatharajan)
10th Nov 1998 Anup Sharma @giascl01.vsnl.net.in
India won the second match too! And that too after having scored very low. Kudos to the Indian bowlers.
10th Nov 1998 Ramakrishna_Prasad @maaln.satyam.net.in
hi! Gopi, As a writer, with an obsession for sports, especially cricket, i've been following the fortunes of Indian cricket team closely for the past one year. In the process wrote many articles criticising the team or praising them for their efforts. But y'day I was dumb founded, flabbergasted and awe struck. I decided not to predict the Indian game plan again. For a casual observer who must have resigned to the fact that India would ultimately loose, the first ball Srinath hurled at Sanath would have failed to deliver the message that he had fire for lunch. Oh boy wasn't he savagely ferocious. At times I wonder what convinces Indians that they could go against popular perception to make things happen when even the staunch optimist would start developing the bitter pessimistic feelings. The beauty of y'days victory I feel was the way the team had worked hard on every player of the Lankan team. Srinath will bowl the immaculate round the wicket line to Jayasuriya even when woken up from slumber. Agarkar, who has the uncanny ability to give initial breakthroughs was surprisingly economical. Unlike Srinath, Agarkar whose structure is an advertisement for mal nutrition was aggression personified. The remarkable feature being his normally subdued body language. The way Srinath bowled to Arjuna, the cunning field placement all goes to say that Indians were yearning for a kill. They ought to because the constant humiliating defeats inflicted by the Lankans who were riding very high on the crest of success last year must have made indelible impression on the minds of our players. That was the series when many reputations were mercilessly damaged and dumped in the island. Rather than allowing complacency to creep into the system our players should sit and watch the match time and again till they are convinced that they can pronounce the never say die attitude even when situations look gloomy. The only worry, for me at this point of time is the illogical law of averages. Lest it may not catch up with us in the finals like it happened in the Pepsi Cup against Australia. Lets keep our fingers crossed! cheers rkprasad Sub-Editor Indiaupdate