Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Triumph of the Underdog

Nothing pleases me more than the triumph of the Underdog. Since David slew Goliath and Kapil’s Devils did something similar in the 1983 World Cup, the sadist in me has invariably derived some sort of pleasure whenever the unheralded thumbed their nose at their obscenely mighty antagonists.

Deccan Chargers’ victory over Chennai Super Kings may not be a watershed in the history of the game, but it once again elicits the Archie Griffin chestnut – it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Consider this. A meek, bottom-placed bunch, sans their helmsman, entered the lair of an outfit that was table-topper till the other day. They stood not a semblance of chance, it seemed, and still Adam Gilchrist’s comrades-in-arms managed to conjure up something extraordinary to pull the rug from under the feet of their fancied rivals. Stuff of a run-of-the-mill Bollywood potboiler? No, it’s IPL.

Forget it’s just a game of cricket, just a duel between a piece of wood and a hunk of leather. Consider this as a way of life and you see hopes all around. The odds maybe unflattering, the adversary unnerving. But in the end, every dog has its day, more so when it’s an Underdog.

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4 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

lose your skipper, win a game. bhajji, vvs - next will rc evict dravid, kkr dada?

Som said...

I doubt so. And Rajasthan surely bucks the trend, the exception that proves the rule.

Straight Point said...

i wonder who the underdog was between DC and CSK...

DC was minus test bat VVS and CSK are having nightmares at top since hussey and hayden left...

any way, Gilly taking on ntini like net bowler was treat to watch...

Som said...

SP, valid point. I think I got it wrong!