Thursday, January 20, 2005

A tennis player

Finally, FINALLY my country is looking at a sportsperson who does not engage in the game of cricket. Cricket, for those of you who do not know, is a British game that all former British colonies such as India have inherited. It's a lot like baseball but a lot different too.

Anyway, we are talking about Sania , the latest tennis sensation in India. By the way, we have a very different idea of "tennis sensation" than Americans. Your tennis sensation may be Serena Williams who wins every second tournament decides to play. Our tennis sensation is someone who can get past the third round. Anyway, Sania is currently out there playing in the Australian Open and her next match tomorrow is against Serena Williams. For the most part, she's going to lose in straight sets. You need much more international exposure than that to win. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

What is surprising me is that a sizeable population back home is rooting for Sania, the underdog. It's almost like they identify with her and want her to beat Serena. Maybe the faith will erode once she loses against Serena. But I think personally I'm going to follow this lady's career to wherever she goes. Maybe a short lived career, maybe a long lived one. I just hope it's not as mediocre as our Indian cricket team.

I frankly don't understand what the deal with the Indian cricket team is. We have won ONE world cup in our entire history of playing cricket. True there are countries out there playing cricket and haven't won a single world cup - such as New Zealand. But then there are others such as Australia who have made a habit out of it. They are a very solid team and they perform consistently. Our cricket team, on the other hand, performs like a bunch of 40+ women undergoing PMS. On any given day, you cannot tell who is going to do well, who is going to get mad and who is going to play in an extremely stupid fashion. It just depends on the weather, the sun, the players' moods, their wives' moods and so many other factors that have nothing to do with the game itself.

So, go Sania !!!


Blogger TandyModd said...

Honestly I did not know that India had tennis players let alone Rugby players I thought that was just an Aussie/England thing. So now if I ever get into a conversation about Indian Rugby, I wont feel so stupid.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Sheeshers said...

Rugby? I don't think we've got a rugby team. Cricket, Tennis, Soccer and Hockey yes but no Rugby :-)

1:49 PM  
Blogger ramneek said...

Indian soccer team.... you gotta be kidding me!

1:27 PM  

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