Steve Waugh detonates critics in signature fashion

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Friday, January 3, 2003, 19:04 [IST]
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Bangalore: Scourged by selectors, who have turned deaf to Waugh's repeated pleas (intentions) of making it to the World Cup and now on the verge of being given the boot to his Test career, Stephen Waugh walked in to a glorious show of awe and appreciation.

The entire Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 3, 2003 was on its feat applauding the man, to his crease in what may turn out to be the 'Legends' last Test appearance.

Waugh always revelled under pressure so much so that the entire cricketing world echoed one sentiment, "If it has to be for your life, let it be Waugh."

It is not Waugh's fault if, of late, Australia hardly was under pressure - talking of things in the lighter vein.

However, one could bet on Waugh as he walked in with Australia in strife at 56 for three that he would steer his team out of troubled waters. And that he did with panache!

Just recollecting and going through the period when Waugh walked in, to the time he punched the air after raising his century puts you on a high. It was picture perfect.

Being an ardent fan of Steve, it hurt no end to see him being dropped from the One- day squad - especially a man who had taken Australian cricket to great heights. Now, to see him being threatened out of the Test squad was humiliating.

I suppose, everybody was waiting for the day when he would regain his scoring ways. At least nobody wanted him to go out with a whimper - no, not Steve the fighter.

A quality the world admires him for.

And did he do his fans proud?

SCG and, I bet, the entire world watching on January 3, 2003 would have had moist eyes and a heart overwhelming with goodness as Waugh cut Dawson on the last delivery of the day to post his 29th century, thus equaling the great 'Don'.

To put it in the man's words "it doesn't get any better, scoring 100 of the last ball in front of your home crowd".

And what more, Waugh wanted it that way. "The shot had to be played, I wasn't really sure where it was going to be, but the adrenalin was almost overpowering and I felt I had to get the hundred tonight, it would have been a disappointment for the crowd and probably for myself... I might not have slept that easy tonight."

It is easy for us to be singing accolades and pouring forth praises but think of the emotions that the man must have battled, let alone the selectors.

Here was man who had shed sweat and blood for his country, was successful in taking it to untold heights, and what does he get in return? Just one lean phase and instead of having Australia's support in his hour of need, he had the selectors riling against him.

Bitter indeed!

However, in signature style Waugh has turned his bitterness into triumph and even his critics can do nothing but applaud.

Hail Waugh!


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