Chak de India!

Published: Monday, August 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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By Syed Ahsan Ali[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Chak de India!

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"Chak De India" is the title of a movie--releasing probably on 10th of this month--in which Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a hockey coach, Kabeer Khan, and takes Indian women hockey team to the winning podium in the Hockey World Cup. Now Indian cinema is adding its own flavor to inspirational storylines of "We are Marshalls" and "Coach Carter". Sports buffs will definitely book their seats to see that thrilling flick especially overseas and when Independence Day celebrations are just round the corner.

Kabeer Khan will definitely create history on silver screen because it is destined to be that way. But the million dollar question looming large in the minds of every Indian fan is can Dravid say "Chak De" against England in the Third Test at Oval. If he does it then SRK and his film distributors will definitely go cock-a-hoop. But the biggest beneficiary would be Indian cricket.

Considering its size, talent at its disposal, support from all ranks of society and the real potential to dominate the world cricket, one can easily say that Indian cricket is an under-achiever. Reasons can be umpteenth, but this is an opportunity from which India can really set a foundation of more successes in Test cricket.

There are clear indications to believe that Indian team can really make it happen in the Third Test. Last two Tests are amplifying the reality that Indian team has been playing like a unit. They are not relying heavily on any single individual and everyone is contributing when it really required to keep Indian dream of winning a series alive against a formidable Test team on their own soil.

Bowlers are firing from all cylinders and batsmen are making runs in crunch situations. The knock Dhoni played at Lords could turn out to be one of the defining moment in the Indian cricket history. The way Karthik has been defying all odds to keep his march going in his merry ways is something special for a cricketer who had been a non-entity few months earlier now. A youngster who wish to follow the footsteps of Steve Waugh and Rahul Dravid should pay heed to Karthik's controlled bellicosity against a decent bowling attack like England.

Two of the three biggies, Sachin and Ganguly, have been playing their parts efficiently. But Dravid's lean patch with the bat could have been the most painful headache if other members of the regiment had failed to deliver the killing punch. The biggest service Dravid has done so far for his team was winning the crucial toss at Trent Bridge which really made it happen for his team. But after many years, India has been able to put its foot on the pedal outside India without runs coming from the bat of The Wall of Indian cricket, another good omen.

In all honesty, this Indian team looks far better equipped to topple Vaughan eleven and all I can say is "Chak De India"


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