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A splendid knock!

india Updated: Feb 23, 2011 21:56 IST

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The ongoing World Cup's most exciting moment came on Tuesday. We doubt whether the excitement will be topped in the tournament. It certainly won't until the quarter-final stage. And like the legendary unbeaten knock of 175 against Zimbabwe by Kapil Dev in the 1983 World Cup, the world was again denied the glorious display of a mighty cricketer. If most of our middle-aged countrymen were denied witnessing Kapil's thunderous, life-saving knock at Tunbridge Wells because of the BBC going on strike on that magic day of June 18, 1983, we were denied Australian captain Ricky Ponting's mighty knock on the magic day of February 22, 2011, because it happened inside the Aussie dressing room.

It turns out that after being run out and sent back to the pavilion by the Zimbabweans in Ahmedabad in what ended up being a relatively thrilling match - with the Aussies winning by six wickets, it was certainly the 'closest' World Cup 2011 match yet - Ponting threw his protector on the ground in the dressing room, which bounced and hit the back of the TV. The wretched media turned the incredibly turning pitch inside the dressing room into a squalid story of an irate Ponting 'smashing' a TV set. With so much action on the field, why would the media need to veer from the truth so much?

The truth is that we secretly hope that Ponting did smash the TV. After all, if it was exciting to see Pakistani paceman Sikandar Bakht kicking the stumps in irritation on the field, it was so much more exciting to hear of Ian Botham breaking a bed outside a stadium. So Ricky, if you did smash the telly, good on ya mate! We know that Ravi Shastri must have been blabbering away on the screen at that very moment of impact.

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