The biggest sporting moment for India this year
The sands of time are trickling down on the world of sports too. And before we turn the hour glass around to start the year 2012, it would be nice to revisit some of the moments from Indian sport that made 2011 the year that it was.
They spilled on the roads, countless faces painted with national colours, waving the Tricolour, airing slogans as India broke into one large and spontaneous celebration of the conquest of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on April 2. There have been few more telling demonstrations of outpouring of collective National pride than late that night. That cricket is one of the few refuges for nationalism was cast in stone that night.
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I have been familiar with the chant of Sa-chin, Sa-chin being raised at cricket ground around the world and it was unusual to hear that at the Buddh International Circuit on October 30 when cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar walked on to the track to join the Formula 1 fraternity before the start of the Grand Prix of India. Come to think of it, there was a rich variety of sound at the inaugural event last month – and no, I am not talking of the music that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (or, Lady GaGa, if you please) made or the music that heavy metal bank Metallica did not make in Gurgaon. Over four successive days, I heard the entire range of pitches, from soft whispers to deafening roars, from delighted moans to angry groans.
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Sebastian Vettel screams away to victory at the inaugural Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Sunday
Sebastian Vettel won more than the inaugural Airtel Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit here on Sunday – he won hearts of all Indians with a fitting tribute to this wonderful country by saying that the people here may have little (financially) but are much richer than those in Europe.
Red Bull Racing’s Vettel also showed what a humble champion he is by remembering IndyCar ace Dan Wheldon and MotoGP ace Marco Simoncelli who died on racing tracks in the past fortnight. Indeed, as India’s sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar waved the checkered flag with enthusiasm, there was considerable relief that the Grand Prix of India broke the shocking trend.
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