All good things must come to an end, and that is the case with the World Cup victory celebrations. Still there is no harm to talk about that epic achievement one more time before the fever of IPL 4 grips us all. Since that memorable night at the Wankhede Stadium, time has flown by, but the sweet smell of victory is still very much with me.
It was an effort worth mentioning, as the dream that we nurtured, of lifting the trophy in front of our home crowd, came true.
I can easily count it among the most memorable days of my life. That night in the dressing room will be etched in memory. The emotions wrapped in tears, sweat and laughter will always stay with me. When I came back to Jalandhar the entire town was on the road to greet me. I can't thank them enough for their support and love. I have hardly got any time for myself but I am not complaining as everyone, including my family, friends and countrymen wanted to share this joy with us.
Now my suitcases are packed and I am on the road again. The IPL season has started and Mumbai Indians have this dream of lifting the title this time. For the last two years, we played good cricket but could not go the distance. We are smarter and wiser this time and won't leave any stone unturned. The good thing with our team is that, despite the auction, we have managed to retain the nucleus of the side. 'Young and refreshed' Sachin Tendulkar is still jumping like a kid. I am ready to enjoy the massive hits of Kieron Pollard from the comforts of the dressing room. Thankfully those toe-crushing yorkers of Lasith Malinga would be directed at the opponents.
A few new additions are equally encouraging. The experience of Andrew Symonds is invaluable and his presence will give us a lot of firepower in the middle order. Also, I would like to welcome local boy Rohit Sharma. I am sure he would be itching to make a mark.
I would also like to welcome the two new teams' Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors. I hope they add to the glory of this event. This IPL season will start a bit differently as some franchises have completely revamped their teams.
Apart from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, rest of the sides underwent overhauling. And our very first game is against one of these refurbished teams, Delhi Daredevils, and that too in front of their home crowd. It's a day game, and conditions won't be easy. We do appear stronger and deadlier on paper, but cricket is not played on paper. In a format like Twenty20, a few good overs, even one good spell, can change the course of the game. More importantly, you can't take lightly the team which has someone named Virender Sehwag.
Mumbai Indians would like to start the carnival of cricket with a win. And I am sure that, despite playing in Delhi, Mumbai Indians will find some fan base; for no matter where, Sachin is bound to attract the adulation and support of the masses.
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