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This is a world of agression. A world which inspires us to win, a world which makes us more determinant to achieve our goals in life, a world which teaches us the never die down attitude, a world which teaches us how to lead, a world which teaches us to rise from the ashes, a world which teaches us to rule, a world that encourages us to stamp our authority in our respective fields by our "DADAGIRI".

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

WHEN DADA RESPONDED TO MY POSTER!!!

Sourav Ganguly, the name we all know, the man behind the modern Team India had moved into his last test for the Team India. It was an equally tough decision for all of us, his fans as it was for him. The last test was the last chance when we could see him playing for the Team India and I did not want to miss the chance. Although I did not have any previous planning to go to Nagpur, which is more than a thousand kilometers from Kharagpur, my current location, but on the first day the fourth test between India and Australia, the last one for Sourav started, I saw India was batting first and India was in such a position that there was high probability of Dada batting on second day. So I thought of going to Nagpur for day 2 but 16 hours train journey without reserved tickets and that too for a single day of test? My brain wasn't allowing me to go but my heart said Yes. I heard the voice of my heart and thankfully Piyush (Pissu), my junior cum friend agreed to go with me for the test. Within an hour or so, we planned our trip. We planned on going with nothing but a few blank posters, marker and a camera with us. Piyush had a lab test till 3 p.m., the time we were supposed to leave our college campus. So we did not have much time to plan anything. We started from Kharagpur railway station at 3.45 p.m. on 6th and reached Nagpur at 7.30 a.m. the next day. What happened in between during that crowded, frustrating journey, I don't want to mention as the focus was on Dada's last test and that was the inspiration behind all this. We reached the stadium by 9.00 p.m. which was some 15-20 kilometers away from the main city of Nagpur.

The Ticket Conspiracy :

When we reached the stadium, our first job obviously was to buy tickets. We searched for the ticket counter but when we asked for second day's ticket, what we had to hear was that we have to buy complete five day's tickets(although one day was already over). People there were highly frustrated by this policy of Vidarbha Cricket Association(VCA) as many of the fans there came for one day only. They were there for Dada only and had travelled a lot. There was some local news channel(UCN News i guess) which was taking interviews of all such fans. We thought of cursing the VCA a bit but then when we saw the news channel's name, we changed our decision and then headed to buy the tickets. We had to buy the tickets for all five days although later on we came to know that we could sell our tickets for the rest of days to the people who 'll come the next day and for the deal, as usual we had the dalals there.


Poor Security System at new VCA Stadium:
After buying the tickets, we headed towards the stadium buying an Indian Tricolor on the way. We had a bag full of blank posters, markers, our digicam and other similar stuff.. When we entered the first gate(Gate No. 3), a lady police told me that we could not bring the plastic rod of the flag with us in the stadium because of security reasons. I took the flag and dropped the rod there itself, then they asked me to switch off and switch on my mobile phone there. I did that too. But then they asked us not to carry the bag with us and now it was a bit frustrating for us. We ignored what they said and kept on going. They did not even bother to check what is in the bag. They did not even check if there is anything our pockets or not. I could not find a single metal detector with the security people. Anyways, we crossed Gate 3 and we had to cross the final entrance to the stadium, Gate for the F-1(West Wing). We thought that there will definitely be some checking on that gate but again the policeman asked me to switch off the mobile phone and then switch it on. I asked him why all this switching off and on business and he replied that it is because these days terrorists are using mobile phone triggered bombs. I don't know what would have happened had I been a terrorist carrying the mobile phone triggered bomb. This was for the first time I entered a public place without being checked by some metal detecting device.

The Match :
Finally we entered the stadium. The match was about to begin in ten minutes of time. RP Singh was trying his hands on batting, probably was making strokes in someone's bat. Then suddenly an almost empty stadium started echoing with the claps of very few specators as Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar entered the ground followed by the Aussies. Then entered the one for whom we were there, Our Prince of Kolkata with his new captain Dhoni. One could easily hear the chants of "Dada ... Dada" from different sections of crowd. The day started with one brilliant shot from Dada for which he got 3 runs on a slow outfield of new VCA ground. Although there was not much of a crowd but whoever was there, was cheering for Dada. Dhoni too was on the crease and at the beginning of the day was scoring runs at a better pace than Dada but still the cheers were reserved for Dada only with few rooting for Dhoni in between.

The SIX :
When Dhoni was scoring some quick runs, Dada slowly and steadily moved into 40s. Krejza started his over and suddenly on the very first ball, we got to see something for which we were there. Dada stepped out of the crease, gave ball a bang and lofted it over the bowler. Billy danced his hands up and up in the air to signal it a six and we all went crazy. Dada was proving his mettle yet again but this time for nothing, may be for himself and for his fans.

The Drinks and the Half Century :

After the vintage six, Sourav took a double and single on the next two balls and moved to 49, one short of the half century. Then we had to wait for drinks break to get over before we could see him complete his 35th test 50. Munaf carried the drinks for Dada and Dhoni whereas a Foster bottle shaped drink van with few girls carried the drinks for the fielding team. We were looking at the Indians all the time. Dada and Dhoni moved away from the pitch and in the throbbing heat both took the shade. Dhoni sat there while Dada drank orange colored juice. Then Munaf called one of the foster girls there; she chatted with munaf for a while and then with Dhoni. I asked Piyush to take the pic of Dhoni with the girl but suddenly the girl turned to Dada and the pic got clicked.

Soon after the drinks end, amidst the chants of "Dada... Dada", the 50 for Sourav came up with a glorious shot.

Me on TV :

When Dada was on 49, we had a cameraman focusing on the crowd of our stands. As soon as Dada reached his 50, we all went crazy, started dancing, waving the tricolor, and cheering Dada for his fifty. On the next delivery, Dada showed the ball the way to the boundary which energized us even more. When I was jumping and shouting for Dada, one of my juniors called me up and said "Tomar aap abhi TV par dikhe". I told this to everyone who was standing there with me and then we started shouting towards the cameraman for more footage of us.



Dada's Sweep For His Fans
Don't know if that was intentional or instantaneous but once Dada was on strike and we the fans on F-Stand were chanting "Dada ... Dada" like anything. Dada looked towards our stand and on the very next ball he swept the ball for a four towards the boundary near us. I'd like to remember it as an intentional shot from Dada for his fans

RP Singh's Middle Finger :

During the lunch, RP continued his batting practice which he was doing at the beginning of the day. Robin Singh was bowling to him. It was a casual practice with Robin Singh throwing balls at RP and RP giving a gentle push to them. We were getting bored as there was nothing much to do during lunch session. So we started shouting at RP, "batting se kya hoga? ... bowling seekh" and we kept on irritating him with similar comments. One of his shots came towards us, he came to the fence to pick the ball, smiled and then showed his middle fingers to us with both hands. We started shouting "Once More... Once More". So he repeated it again.

Dada's Wicket:
Dada again was looking solid in the series and this time more aggressive. He was all set to score a century in his final test, similarly the way he hit in his debut test.

But all the hopes came to an end when Clarke took a brilliant catch of Dada off Kreza. Dada fell 15 runs short of his century. A narrow miss to a finish that could've been a perfect one. Dad a moved back to the pavilion. But suddenly before stepping out of the ground, he stopped, turned back and watched the TV replay again. He knew that he was out but he did not want to leave the ground. Full of pain of missing a great opportunity, Dada did not forget to raise bat for his fans who were giving a standing ovation for the brilliant knock he played in his last test.



Singh Kinng
Whenever Bhajji was hitting a boundary, VCA people played the song "Singh is Kinng" on loud speakers

Mishra Ji Bowling karao
Amit Mishra seemed to be a completely confused man, a new comer indeed. Dhoni sent him to field near our stand and we started shouting his name. Many times he looked at us and we rotated our arms asking him to go and bowl and in reply he also showed us hand as if saying "abhi karaunga". This happened many times and once when he was interacting with us, Dhoni was shouting at him to change his position a bit. After that, every time he came near the stands, we shouted "Mishra Ji Dhoni Bula raha hai".




Dada and the Messages on Giant Screens:
Sms your message to the given number and that message will appear on the giant screen, VCA had this system for the fans sitting out there in stadium. More than 90% of the messages which flashed on the giant screen were for Dada and he too was not disappointing his fans. He kept looking at the screen for the messages. There was a message for Dada from someone from the East wing stand and it said "Dada please look at the East Wing once". Dada read the message and then turned to the east wing and waved his hand towards the fans over there.

One message was "Billy, We love You". But Billy did not notice it and then Dada called him and pointed towards the giant screen to read the message. There were lots of messages from the guy carrying the banner of Dada representing the Orkut fans of Dada, Ankit. The messages were appearing by the name "Bannerboy Ankit". One of the Message was "Dada, You will always remain my GOD"


Dada and Katich's Bat
During the drink breaks while aussie innings, when everybody moved towards the drink van, Dada who was fielding at the farther end came to the stumps, picked up the bat of Katich, took stance 2-3 times and then moved to the drinks. I asked my friend to take a pic of Sourav but he could not spot Sourav. By the time he spotted Sourav, he had moved to the drinks.
Dada Fielding
The crowd wasn't making much noise when India was fielding but whenever Dada stopped any ball or just picked it up from the ground, everytime everyone present there in the stadium clapped for him. By the clap sounds only, you can easily guess that Dada has fielded the ball.

The Nagpurian Schoolboy
While cheering for Dada, we found a guy with Sourav's name painted on his face, a ninth standard guy named Sunny. We asked him for a photograph with us and he happily agreed to it. After that he kept cheering for Dada with us all the time. When the day was about to end, he asked us if we'll come on the rest of the days or not. We told him that we had a train in the evening and he was highly upset to hear that. He requested us a lot to stay there for rest of the days saying "Aaplog nahi rahoge to kaun cheer karega Dada ko? Stadium waise hi khaali hai". We wanted to stay there but was not possible us. He requested us to come to his home before leaving for Kharagpur as his home was near to the railway station. We had lot of pics with him and healso requested to courier those pics to him. But we moved to some other stand towards the end of the game and could not talk to him before leaving. Nor could we take his address or any contact number. But I definitely liked the guy for the affection he showed. Sunny, you will always remain in my sweet memories from Dada's last test.

The last 15 minutes, When Dada responded to my poster :
We had a great time when Dada was batting but the frustration built on when Dada kept fielding at the fence(R-East Wing) that was diametrically opposite to our stands(F-East Wing). Ishant Sharma was fielding at our end and we were repeatedly shouting at him asking him to go there and to ask Sourav to field at our end. But as expected, all went in vain. Last 20 minutes of game were left and I really wanted to have a close look at Dada. I asked Piyush if we can reach the R-East Wing somehow and he said "Let's Try". We packed our bag from there, with a poster in our hands, moved out to the stadium and reached the Gate to the R stand. Thanks to the poor security system of VCA Stadium, nobody stopped us in doing so. Only the one who was checking the tickets at the entry asked us for the ticket. We requested him to let us in there in the R wing as dada was there and he agreed to it. We entered the R-stand which was almost empty with only 15-20 people there. I straightaway reached the fence with a poster in my hand saying "Thanks Dada for this TEAM INDIA".

Dada was turning back towards the boundary when I started waving the poster asking Sourav to read it. Dada did not disappoint me as he read the poster first and then gave a look at me, bowed his head a bit giving a welcome gesture for the thanks in the banner. At first, I could not believe what went on there but then someone from the back said "Dada ne tumhara poster padha" and another guy standing at some distance from me on my right asked me to show him what was written on the poster. I was jumping like a kid who gets a chocolate from his father. That was one of the best moments of my life.

We clicked a few pictures of Dada from there and then the battery of our camera got discharged. We asked Dada to go for the bowling and were reminding him of Toronto where he took 5 wickets but that turned out to be the last over of the day and with that it was Stumps for the day.

Tomorrow, on the fourth day of the last test, Dada will possibly again get some chance to bat but this will be Dada's last chance to bat for the Team India. Tomorrow will be the last time when we could see Dada's name in the Indian batting line up. Everything will come to an end all of a sudden, everything. Those towering sixes, those elegant off-drives, that heavenly timing, last time we'll be able to see. But one thing I'm proud of is the attitude that Sourav has given to the Indian Cricket. None of any Cricketer's personal records will matter once he is retired but what Dada has done will always reflect in this modern TEAM INDIA. Dada may retire from the team but his Dadagiri will never.

As a memory of Dada's last test, I have kept the tricolor I used during match, the gate pass to the stadium and the poster to which Dada responded, with me.

for the pics, you can go to
http://picasaweb.google.com/grvtomar/DadaSLastTestAtNagpur2ndDay#



24 comments:

kris said...

U are very lucky to have seen DADA on his last Test and take some snaps of him.
We are lucky to have you in the stadium that day and show the snaps of DADA in his Last test to us.
Thanks a LOT.

$uNny said...

You truly said...I was crying after reading last few lines of your post...But we will again see him in IPL..Don't get upset bro..He will always be in our heart...

ravi said...

Congrats Tomar Sahab !!

Arya said...

Very nicely written! You are a fan anyone will be very lucky to have! But again Sourav deserves guys like you.

Dada will always be in our hearts!

abhiroyal said...

tomar a real fan dude.....mere ko lgta tha ki tu bas asie hi bolta hai DC pe..par nagpur jake tune dikha diya ....a real,HARDCORE fan of DaDa..........

ak_rulz said...

great ... really liked it
yo _phul_tempo_

HARPREET said...

ur a lucky man gaurav and ur right dada will be there in our hearts and no one can replace him we are lucky that ur there and u have shared ur experience with us this is a very emotional moment for all of us dada fans but we wish dada a great life ahead and will be waiting to see him in the ipl

Aditya said...

:)
congrats
i love dada too

shashin said...

hats off to your undying spirit Tomar. I wish DADA would read this blog.....yo tempo..:)

yagnish said...

bhai tempo kuch karte ho yaar!!!
i would suggest u could go to his cal residence one day..i dnt think he ll mind waving again at such a fan!!
kuch godgiri bhai..

I am NN said...

Yoo Tomar!! I haven't seen a fan naming his blog after his idol.It was only due to your presence that DADA played so well in his last test match( given he made a golden duck in his last innings.)Yes we will always miss dada & more importantly his DADAGIRI.

arunabh said...

"..My brain wasn't allowing me to go but my heart said Yes. I heard the voice of my heart.."
bhai sach mano hum bade dukhi hain ki hum 1st comment post nahi kar sake... but love ur tempo dude, n dada's dadagiri....but u know wat, ganguly ki jis chiz ka main fan hu, wo retire nahi horahe, hume to bas uski dada wali spirit godly lagi...apna dada to off the field bhi machata rahega, aur vengsarkar, and all that represents bad in indian cricket, ke danda karta rahega,

vaibhav said...

congrats bhaiya..u saw dada and that too in the last test match.....u r 1 of the hardcore fan of Sourav Ganguly

Rajarshi said...

Dude!!!
fantastic writing... full of emotions and truly so... it was right of such a great fan of dada to go and see his last international test...
i really felt euphoric !
a heartfelt farewell to dada...

Fraggie said...

One of the die hard fan of DADA finally deserves wht he shud hav deservd lot earlier. A true fan for a true cause. I think smwhere DADA must hav also felt wht he meant to us n the cricketing world which i come to know frm ur blog entry. I am feeling PROUD to be ur friend and a DADA supporter. A lil help from gauravda n v wil make it very special.....

"Why are you retiring? You are in good touch."
"You dont know what it feels to be out of the TEAM INDIA. You were never left out of the team, so you wont understand how it feels." :(

Jorawar Singh said...

Cool Stuff, man-ni padegi teri dedication towards dada, I can only imagine how difficult the journey both sides would have been, but it was worth it wasnt it ? :)

Jorawar Singh

Krishna Kumar said...

Gorav bhai...u really rock...i'm proud that we all are Dada's fans...!!

Dada and Dadagiri rokzz..!!!

Anonymous said...

wen i read this i hope if i should b there with you...thanks for ur meomories....U are very lucky to have seen DADA on his last Test and take some snaps of him...

Sindhu said...

You were too lucky to be there.... a very nice descriptive post thr...n thanks for all those images it was like me going to VCA...
Sure we all are going to miss Sourav ...am not sure how it would be like....

Black Tueday said...

Awesome Gaurav, a big hug for you :) ... it was a poetic justice to your undying spirit that dada played so well and also saw you ... kash main bhi wahan hota :P

And thanks for providing us the beautiful description of the tour

Baffling said...

that's studapa dost!!! Excellent work :)

Mads said...

ur so lucky...awesome i love ur blog....i love dada...
and what the hell is wrong wid rp singh..showing u his middle finger..and lol why were u irritating him :P

P DON said...

YO PHUL TEMPO..
phul tempo dikha hi diya .. jiyooooo!

Anonymous said...

Really i felt it was an akward moment to every dada fan whom r really missin him from international cricket... But his fabulous records and attitude never leave from our hearts... I love this post... On readin it i too deserted y i missed the chance of watchin dada s last test....... Dada we love yo ever.... Yo oly remain d cricket god for us forever......