Saturday, July 16, 2005

Champions will always remain champions. Maybe I guess they can’t be anyone else. The way these people raise their game when they are playing an epic match bewilders one and all. They may have scraped through the early stages of a competition but when it comes to crunch game like a World cup final or any other title-clincher they seem to strike their mercurial form out of no-where.

The epic Wimbledon 2005 final just confirms Roger Federer’s place as one of the greatest players to have graced tennis court. Maybe it’s too early to say that; but with 5 grand slams already in his kitty he won’t belie my claims. This young Swiss seems impregnable on grass. His record of 36 unbeaten matches just confirms his majestic presence. This lanky lad is immensely similar in style and finesse to another champion and current record-holder for most number of grand slams (14) “Pistol” Pete Sampras. The way he goes about his business will definitely invoke fan-worship that will stay for several years to come. The way he thrashed Roddick, a thoroughly competent player by all standards, one feels that Federer just disdains his opponent ( I am talking only when Federer is playing the match).

Another true champion that has been my role model till date is Sachin Tendlya. Incidentally, the only wall poster I have is his. People tend to gauge his magnificence by the way he plays on field but it is the training nets where real Tendlya comes to life. It is his tenacity, that has carried him for so many years. Tendlya and Kambli were the real boy-wonders that India ever had(in sports arena). Remember the record breaking partnership they put on at a tender age of 13 yrs and few months. Both made their debut at the same age. But everybody knows what happened to Kambli. Yet another case of “gem lost in obscurity” only because he couldn’t discipline his talent. I think that is the only difference between “genius” and “champion”.

Another glorious person who is never talked about in this part of the world is Maradona. If there was any “God of Soccer”, it has to be none other than DIEGO MARADONA. At one point of time he was the sole reason why Argentina breathed together as a nation. Maradona was always prima donna of world football but he could never be a role model. He always remained messiah of the people living in shantytowns of Argentina. He symbolized for them, the fight against establishment. There still exist areas in Argentina where u have a “Maradona Church”. These people celebrate 30th October( Maradona’s birthday) as a holy day. But Maradona could never command the same kind of respect as Pele` or Beckenbauer or for that matter Paolo Maldini. He will always remain most adorable brat of soccer.

I have realized that the list (e.g. Brazil national football team, all conquering Aussies, Steveda, Rahul Dravid etc. etc.) can go on forever with every person worth several thousand words but my humble abilities are not suffice to that.

29 Comments:

Blogger Varun said...

nice post! maybe we should learn something from these great people

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Blogger Varun said...

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Blogger Aditya Bidikar said...

No, I very well haven't. I was at work and the net was gone, so I couldn't read this. And I've got a cold from getting wet.

This is a very good post, and it's got a lot of good information about an interesting subject. Perhaps you should mention the Maradona incident you told me the other day. It was really touching.

Your style's getting better as well (I told you writing makes it better), and you make fewer mistakes in computer punctuation, and the mistakes are fewer (Except for one: "impregnable on grass"? Think about it).

Excellent. Keep going. :)

PS: See? My comment longest. I may comment more rarely, but I comment more. Heh-heh.

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About Maradona, this man has been so close to my heart that I can go on narrating incidents about him.But sadly its hard to put them on paper for me( language wise).

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Chetan, Don't fill crap on my space. its getting a bit pristine for so many others.May be writng a longer post may at least help people reading it.

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