Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2018 Competition entry by Anushka Purohit

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2018 Competition entry by Anushka Purohit

We asked our readers about their favourite sports star and most amazing sporting moment and here is one of the entries. It has not been edited

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It’s crazy how I chose today, 2nd April, to answer this question, because this marks the anniversary of one of India’s most favorite sport related memory. Everyone knows how much India loves cricket, but who would believe that India had to wait for 28 years to win their first cricket world cup? Within the first seven overs, India lost two of its strongest trump cards of the cricket team - Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. I remember being at my leadership camp from school, all of us Indians crowded in a room trying to look for signal to get the live stream up. We were all tensed, especially after in 2007, India didn’t even pass the group stage. For Sachin, a cricketer anyone and everyone knows, this was his last chance at winning the World Cup. The next World Cup, in 2011, was to be held in his home town, Mumbai. The matches went on, and after another historic semi final between India and Pakistan, India made it to the finals. Everyone in India anticipated the match… it’s a moment everyone remembers. This was also the first time in World Cup history that two Asian teams had appeared in the final, making it all the more historic. I remember the video lagging every millisecond because of the number of people around the world trying to stream it - while 33,000 spectators watched the final in person, statistics show well over 1 billion TV viewers worldwide tuned in, making it perhaps the most-viewed sports event ever. MS Dhoni, the captain, struck a six, and in that moment, the entire India sprung with happiness. Firecrackers were burst, the Indian flag was hoisted everywhere, from schools to stores to shopping malls - everywhere, every Indian celebrated the win. What a day it was.


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