Six out of the 15 members of the Indian team from the World Cup squad 2011 were in the Capital to attend a good luck event. The day, however, did not begin on a good note as the event got delayed by more than an hour, resulting in a heated argument between the media and the organisers.
Reason behind the delay: captain Mahender Singh Dhoni’s delayed flight. And all this while, the others, including Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir and Piyush Chawla waited for Dhoni to arrive. We heard the media members cribbing right from “getting starved due to unavailability of breakfast” to “getting a room arranged where they could relax, till Dhoni came”. While some of the organisers were busy trying to calm them down, others were overheard saying “why aren’t these problem creators going if they are so uncomfortable”.
But the anxiety transformed into applause with the entry of the cricketers, dressed in Reebok outfits and zigtech shoes that gear them to perform well at the World Cup 2011.
HT City finds out how the Indian team feels, just a few days before the mega event. “I’m going through mixed emotions. I feel pressured as we will be playing on home grounds and the expectations are high. But at the same time, I feel confident as we will have huge support,” says Yuvraj Singh, whose mantra in life is: “work hard and leave the rest to destiny.”
Yusuf Pathan, who is extremely excited about the World Cup, trains for 3-4 hours everyday and is missing younger brother and cricketer Irrfan Pathan. “I am missing my brother as we have played a lot of good games together. But we still discuss the game and talking with him eases the pressure on me.” Pathan also practices yoga and spends time with family to reduce the stress.
For Piyush Chawla, it is like a dream come true to play on the home grounds for the first time and that too, for the World Cup. “It feels great… this game will be special, not just because I will play at home for the first time, but because I will be sharing the field with the cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his last World Cup.”
Of the lot, Harbhajan Singh was the most chilled out and seemed to be in full form. “The variation in the team is expected to work in our favour. We will try our best to win the Cup,” said an optimistic Bhajji, adding that the thought of holding the Cup gives him goose bumps.