A conference was held in Mumbai’s J.W. Marriot, on the 26th
of September, the day when the Indian Cricket Team returned home, after
the victorious 20-20 World Cup. People from the entertainment industry,
from television as well as Bollywood joined together, to comment on the
victory and to address the issues that took place during the day, post
the return of the winning team.This special debate was aired on India's leading News Channels, Headlines Today and AajTak.
A few members from Indian Television’s Boxy Boys,
were joined by artists like Sajid Khan, Abhijeet Sawant, Mandira Bedi
and many more. The victorious Indian Captain from the 1983 World Cup
win Kapil Dev made it to the list of juries along with his then team
member Madan Lal to address the questions of the Celebrities.
The nation glued to the television sets all day to
catch glimpses of the 30 kms walk of fame that the Indian team had,
followed by the felicitation of the team. The celebrities debated all
evening on what happened in the World Cup series, and were worried
about what’s next? Anand Suryavanshi hit a perfect six, while
questioning the jury, “What’s next for the Indian Cricket team? Yes,
Dhoni did well, but then, who’s going to stay and who’s going to go? If
we take the age and experience into consideration, then we will loose
out on new players who have it in them to make it big…” Manav Gohil
sided the team saying, “Its not just the luck that was the only reason
behind the victory, but it was the talent that we have in the team
now.” Sajid Khan mentioned about the team finally getting the X factor
in them, “I can finally see the killer instinct in the team now, which
they lacked during the earlier world cups.” Mandira Bedi bluntly brushed off
the issue about the politicians stealing the thunder and putting the cricketers on the back seat,
“There is no need to create such a big issue on something like this.
The media is just unnecessarily creating a hype. The men had their fame
on the bus to the stadium, what more do they want?”
There were discussions on this new format of the
game. Majority assembled there were convinced that this 20-20 format is
sure to stay from now on. But at the same time, the 50 overs match and
Test matches would never lose its recognition. Kapil Dev and Madan Lal
voiced the opinion that the One Day Series that starts off in few days
against the Aussies will be a different ball game, and this will be an
Acid-Test for Dhoni and this new victorious team, knowing the fact that,
the Aussies will surely bounce back like wounded tigers..
The debate heated up when it was said that the coach was blamed in the earlier World Cup and this time the coaches weren’t given any recognition on the victory. Kapil Dev acknowledged this fact and praised the bowling coach of the present team, Venkatesh Prasad and the fielding coach Robin Singh for this accomplishment.The debate was followed by Abhijeet Sawant’s mini performances. The Indian Idol dedicated the song - Jo jeeta Wahi Sikander for Dhoni, Kandho se milte hain kandhe for the team, Yeh Desh hain veer jawano ka for Kapil Dev and Hume tumse pyaar Kitna for Sachin, Rahul and Saurav. Sajid joined Abhijeet and sang - Yeh kya hua, kaise hua, and dedicated this song for the Pakistan team.
The celebrities surely had a blast at the conference
and as we can see, the cricket mania has struck people from all walks
of life. Wishing the Indian team a hearty congratulations on their
victory! Now that, the 20-20 World Cup is safely under the belt, the
enthusiastic Indian Team should now concentrate on the next mission in
line, that is to beat the Aussies again on Indian Soil, followed by a
bavk-to-back series in Australia.. So only time will tell if this team has all the
zeal and confidence to keep giving consistent performances even in
future, and be Victorious everytime, they get on to the playing arena...
Author: Hiral Anju Bhatt, Srividya Rajesh