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Cricket team has made India proud

The historic win of the Indian cricket team over Sri Lanka and attainment of the top slot in the world ranking of test playing nations will be remembered as a golden moment. The team has indeed earned the honour with its consistency, team effort and performance. Kudos to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, under whose leadership, dedication and able stewardship, the team has been able to become world number one. He deserves all the praise for the historical win. India has produced world-class batsmen and bowlers whose performance could not be matched by anyone in the world.

The victory of the team has proved the old proverb “United we stand, divided we fall.” It is always teamwork, team spirit and putting the team above oneself by which such miracles can be achieved. It is not easy to reach the top. However, it is equally difficult to remain on the top. Indian cricketers like Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni and Harbhajan have repeatedly proved that they are the best. Coach Gary Kirsten also deserves praise because he has achieved what others could not.

Over the years, the Indian team has improved in all departments of the game. But there is always scope for improvement. Every player should identify his shortcomings and devise ways and means to rectify them. India is proud of its team and its achievement. 



Although Eden Gardens has historically been India’s flagship cricket stadium, the Brabourne Stadium has served India in good stead in many a great games. Founded among others by legendary Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, this stadium has given many big moments to India.

India’s victory on the morning of December 6, 2009, was very significant. India not only scored an inning’s victory against its sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka, Virender Sehwag set the stadium ablaze with his unorthodox batting and India climbed to the top of the world ratings charts for the first time ever. Congratulations to the entire team. India is proud of them.



Kudos to the Indian cricket team! Under the leadership of M S Dhoni it beat Sri Lanka, to become the number one in the ICC Test rankings. India’s victory was possible due to the contribution of each player in the team. But this Test would be best remembered for the blazing 293-run knock of Virender Sehwag though he missed out on becoming the first batsman in the game’s history to score three triple tons.

Cricket lovers hope that the team would continue its winning spree and remain number one for a long time to come.


Double-faced Pak

US President Barack Obama has rightly snubbed Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and asked him to curb the use of terrorism as its state policy (editorial, “Pak double game”, Dec 2). What more evidence does the US need of Pakistan sheltering terror outfits?

The ISI has played a major role in facilitating the activities of the terrorist outfit LeT. Mr Zardari had earlier refused to accept Ajmal Kasab as a Pakistani national. The US President needs to be more serious and should take concrete steps to stop the ongoing infiltration of Pakistani terrorists into India.


Elders need respect

In the middle, “The pilgrimage” (Dec 2) Harish Dhillon rightly describes the misplaced feelings that we sometimes harbour for our elders. These feelings are the result of our misunderstanding of their circumstances.

We may be showing disrespect towards our elders at a time when they need our affection the most. Sadly, we take them for granted. We must give our elders the due respect and affection before it is too late. They may never ask for it, but need it all the same.


Unbiased views

Mr HK Dua deserves to be complimented for advocating de-criminalisation of politics. Luminaries of free, fair and unbiased media like Mr Dua, who believe that the media is not commerce, are the true spokesmen of people. He has the courage to call a spade a spade.


Clean cities 

Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh made a candid statement the other day when he said that if there were a Nobel Prize for filth, India would win it. The authorities, particularly those of the civic bodies, have singularly failed to ensure clean cities, free from filth and dirt.

It is true that the people lack civic sense, and even though most families are particular that their houses remain clean, they care two hoots about their neighbourhood, roads, streets and markets.

This, however, does not absolve the civic bodies of the charge of absenteeism, corruption, lack of commitment and failure to provide services for which they levy taxes. The people must ensure that the representatives they elect are aware of their duties and are committed to fulfilling the trust placed in them.




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