Such were the possibilities. The Champagne bottle is still in my cabinet. :-(
I never saw the 1983 World Cup Final live; I have always regretted that. 20 years later I get my chance.
March 22, 2003
I have seen India’s famous wins - WSC 1985, Hero Cup 1993, Titan Cup 1996, Coca-Cola Sharjah Cup 1998, NatWest Trophy 2002 but nothing will compare to what I’ll feel tomorrow when the final begins. My heart will be racing, the adrenalin will be running high as I watch Tendulkar walk to the crease, mark his guard and prepare to take strike for the first ball of the Indian innings.
Will Sachin hook or duck under the first bouncer from Lee? Will Ganguly survive the bouncer? Has everybody forgotten McGrath? Will Nehra produce another magical spell? How will we get rid of Hayden and Gilchrist? Tomorrow will decide Saurav Ganguly legacy, it will either confirm that he is
You are all wondering what we should do tomorrow for the final. Let me tell you what we should do, we should buy a bottle of champagne, pop the cork after we win and down the bubbly while listening to Queen’s “We are the Champions.” After the dust settles and everybody goes home, I am going to open a bottle of wine, replay the final moments on my Tivo and savor each drop as I sit back and listen to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”
Yes, I am crazy, but the World Cup happens only once in 4 years, and I don’t know when/if I’ll ever see
Life is good. Are you ready?