But the world cup has far too many memories associated for me to ignore it as well. So, well, lazy Sunday afternoon, I switch on to see Sachin on the screen. *Always special that*.That’s a six, btw, if you’re watching the match *now* as I type.
I can’t decide who I’d want to win this world cup though. My previous bets for the past worldcups have not been patriotic, I’ve never associated the sport more with a team than a country.
’96- I wanted SA to win, and was so disappointed when WI beat them in some random knock out quarter final. Post that I wanted Aus to win, because I *loved loved loved* Mark Taylor as the captain. I think at that time considering I wanted SA to win, the two players I had totally loved were Gary Kirsten (he finished UAE with the 188 that WC) and Jonty Rhodes ( crush crush crush, since forever :)).
Diversion: I LOVED Jonty Rhodes. Cousin- who through college changed hairstyles as per Wasim Akram’s and was quite obviously cricket obsessed, would copy commentators and go on and on calling him “Jonathan” Rhodes. And even that would make me go oh-wow about the guy 😀 But he was awesome, you can’t blame me!
’99- Again wanted SA to win. Thought it was Klusener’s WC. Not sure what depressed me more, the loss against Aus in the semi-finals where Donald took that stupid run, or when Gibbs dropped Steve Waugh in the previous match. Think in ’99 I had decided SA played better one day and Aus played the tests much better, hence the obvious pick. Also, I still felt for SA.
’03- Australia. Ponting. On the day of the final, I was in the train towards college. So the first innings where Ponting changed the match was on radio, the second innings was more about don’t get it wrong from here.
’07- Australia. Ha! and all over the blog as well. Gilchrist. Bob Woolmer.
’11- Here’s the deal. There’s no doubt that Australia is *still* my favourite team. It’s a team I follow, whether or not they win. Of course broken washing machines are not helping, but still. However, considering Ponting & Sachin are both probably playing their last world cup. Sachin has just hit two consecutive sixes *as I type I mean*. And I love Sachin. I feel this shift already. Could I then, officially for the first time, be supporting India? And not just cos they realistically do have a good chance this time.