A Cricket Match
I had often wondered why cricket is called a religion in our country. I found my answer the day I saw a live match at the Wankhede stadium.
As I reached the stadium I could feel a buzz around the place. Soon, we were seated and the match got underway. I craned my neck to get a good look at all the players I had admired over the years. South Africa got off to a good start. With every wicket that fell, there was a deafening roar in the stadium. Placards went up and flags were waved hysterically.
The Indian team came in to chase the score. The crowds were on their feet as Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat. As he scored run after run, the applause became louder and reached a crescendo as he reached a century. However, he was bowled out on the very next ball. At that moment, you could have heard a pin drop in the silence that fell upon the stadium.
The match was coming to a close and India still needed six runs on the last ball to win. I could feel my heart thumping loudly. Would we come so close and lose the match? I am sure every person in the stadium was praying along with me at that moment. As the last ball was bowled, Anil Kumble stepped out of the crease and lofted it over the stadium. I watched with baled breath as the ball covered the ground and landed over the boundary rope. The whole stadium erupted with joy.
Even if you have watched innumerable matches on television, nothing can prepare you for the thrill of watching India win a cricket match live!