Bangalore, April 4: The dust is yet to settle and the hangover of the World Cup win yet to subside. Media, people, cricketers all are gung-ho about the incredible achievement of Dhoni's Devils and rightly so. However there is something that has quietly missed the hype that it deserved to have - a tale of three 90s.
Gautam Gambhir, who played a crucial innings of 97 before getting a blood rush to the head, is the protagonist of the first 90. Having failed to convert his starts in to big scores, the diminutive southpaw from Delhi, was heavily criticised by experts and the media. But this time the lack of that truly big score is unnoticeable, for he has played his part in bringing back the cup.
The second tale of 90, is of Skipper MS Dhoni. Prior to the finals, he had a highest score of 34 in the World Cup. Following the loss against South Africa, he drew a lot of flak for not doing enough to hold the lower middle-order together. But as has been his hallmark, he stayed calm and answered only when he played probably the best innings of his career.
Dhoni's unbeaten 91 may never come up alongside Ricky Ponting's century in the 2003 finals against India, but the fact is that it was as crucial an innings as the Australian skipper played on that fateful day to effectively seal India's chances of winning the trophy eight years ago.
And the third-tale of 90s, is of a man who is known for his centuries and also for the dismissals in the 10 runs prior to the 100. Sachin who fell for 18, was also in the 90s albeit of a different kind. The maestro is still on 99 international centuries and one more addition to it will elevate him to a status where he would be beyond comparision.
Dhoni and Gambhir's 90s have got India the World Cup and it is just a matter of time before Sachin starts again on 99 and gets to that mark where has none have ever been. As and when it happens, it will certainly be another glorious addition to the history of Indian cricket in general and India in particular.