Today all of us have been like cats on a hot tin roof! It is the semi final between India and Pakistan in the World Cup. My husband and I try and avoid watching tense moments…we just check in regularly to see the way the ball is bowled and the wickets fall and the runs flow. Today too we are seeing the corniest of shows on TV while checking the score.
The roads have been quiet as people have rushed home to watch the crucial match. Cricket games go beyond the sport when India and Pakistan play. It is practically a one-upmanship that reigns supreme. Many families have superstitions when watching a match that could be sitting to the East, not going to the loo while an innings in on, sitting cross legged etc.
The mood in the past few days has been hype, worry and tension as the men in blue are being bombarded by good wishes, advice, tips and appeals to the almighty. Prayers are fervently being sent to the Gods by ardent fans to maintain the good luck of Dhoni and his men.
‘Cricket Pillayar temple’, a temple of the elephant headed God, Ganesha is located in Annanagar, a suburb of Chennai. It was set up some years ago by Ramakrishnan who combines the attributes of a Lord Ganesha devotee and cricket fan. The temple witnesses an influx of fans appealing to the eleven headed Lord Ganesha (representing 11 players of a cricket team) to maintain the team’s fitness and winning ways. The idols of a batting Ganesha (not with a Mongoose bat but a mouse vehicle) and another spinning his wonder ball are housed in this temple complex.
Will Ganesh answer his desperate fans?
22.40—Yes he did!! India won…we play the finals. Yipppeeeeee…………