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The Great Rivalry.

The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:20 am

The 89 batch seemed intent on being one up on us in everything. I don't know why, but perhaps it had something to do with their ragging by our batch. Our encounters on the field were fiery to say the least, with Sandeep Dixit, Alok Rastogi, Sanjeev Tyagi being the most vociferous. From our side, we had Ajay Mall, Jitendra, Nidhi Sharma, Satin Dutta, Dileep & Deepak arguing for us. Satyavir Singh Dhama & others provided the answers to Hiteshwar's volley-ball feats. We usually had the upper hand in our sporting encounters against them but somehow, couldn't outplay them in football. Until the epic final, that is. We were 0-2 down at half-time in the final of the sports meet, both the goals being netted by Kanti Prasad. But the final score-line ? Any guesses ?

P.S.: I will wait till some one replies, before giving the answer.
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:47 am

I am still waiting for some guesses. Or does the 89 batch not want the final score-line to come out into the open ???????????
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby ARVIND MATHUR » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:47 pm

Dear Sadhu,
The way you have described certainly reminds me of the match as ours was the organzing batch for Sports Meet and SMCT that year.
However I do not remember the score and no guesses but have a feeling that your batch actually won the match!
Since no one from 89 batch is ready to respond to some hard facts; it may be fine to know the final score line or else you would like to wait till someone from 89 batch respond?
Do share some other memorable experience as these would go a long way in making the forum more interesting for new people.
We hope you would continue to be active on the forum!
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:29 am

Hi Arvind Boss ! :D
It is great to see at least some sort of a response to my post. I don't think I will wait for the 89 Batch :( to post a reply (They will be reluctant to post one, since they lost the match). :lol:
Continuing from where I had left off, there were obviously some red faces in our camp at half time (One of them being mine, of course :oops: , as I had been given the task of "marking" Kanti Prasad (He had a great left foot). Besides, Mahesh Bisht (God bless his soul) & myself were the two deep defenders & we were feeling most responsible for the twin lapses. However, at half-time, while regrouping & charting our further course of action, we had a furious debate. Mahesh insisted on strengthening the defence with one more defender while I was all for an all-out attack. Our two main strategists --- Abdulla (The Arab from the 83 batch) & Nidhi Sharma (who was the captain) were in a quandary. We were still debating what to do when something strange happened.
Manmohan Singh (palmist/numerologist) called Nidhi aside & had a quiet word with him. Arvind Arya Boss & RK Boss were with him. After a few words, Nidhi called up Khushal Singh Negi & we had a substitution --- Negi out, Sardar in. I was aghast & was immediately up in arms. Though Sardar Manmohan Singh was adept at reading palms & even looking through numbers, what did he know about football ??? :oops: Besides, Negi had done a good job in the first half.
Nidhi, though, asked me to just play along. Abdulla, meanwhile, asked me to strictly "tail" Kanti Prasad (knowing as he did that I had the stamina to run for another hour or so). Mahesh was left in the deep defence with instructions to hover around our "D" & help Deepu (Deepak Deb Burman --- our goal-keeper) fend-off rival attacks. I was given the license to go wherever Kanti went.
So the second half began & within a few minutes, we had earned a free-kick. After much arguing, it was decided that it would be a direct one, meaning you could blast it straight into the goal without anyone else having to touch it. Abdulla stepped up to take it & he sent a lovely, curling kick past the defense wall & into the net. 1-2 for us, still trailing by 1 goal. But we were a rejuvenated outfit now, believing that we could score another & level the scores. A few more minutes & it was magic. Abdulla sent a high pass to the top of the rival D, where Nidhi was supposed to be. Nidhi was there alright --- with his back towards the rival goal !!!!!!!!!!!!! If he trapped the ball & turned, he wouldn't possibly have an opportunity to have a shot at the rival goal. So, he let loose a bicycle kick --- you know the one, which is taken in mid-air, horizontally, kicking the ball towards where your back has been pointing. So, without looking back at the rival Net, he let loose the kick & MAGIC. It was 2-2 & Nidhi was overwhelmed by all of us. The 89 Batch were stupified & couldn't believe what had happened. All their good work of the first-half was undone within the first 15 minutes of the second half. Their was panic in their ranks, as if a cat was set loose among the pigeons. Meanwhile, Sardar Manmohan Singh hadn't come even close to the ball, let alone touch it. We were practically playing with ten men only. I was repeatedly asking Nidhi to bring on Negi again so as not to undo the good work now that we had equalised. Nidhi asked me to wait for 5 minutes more.
And so it went. I praying fervently for the 5 minutes to be up soon & Sardar having a good time just fooling around & clearing away at the faintest hint of the ball coming towards him. Meanwhile, the game continued & soon enough, Nidhi scored another goal against the run of play. We cleared the ball from our half & it somehow, landed near Nidhi who coolly dribbled around a defender & fired it past Apurva Sharma (the opposite goalie). Voila ! 3-2 in our favour. Now the 89 Batch was in total dis-array. Sandeep Sehgal pulling in one direction, Sanjay Dixit in another & Kanti Prasad not able to go anywhere thanks to my marking. Ajay Mall soon made it 4-2 & it was curtains for the 89 Batch. Game, set & match to the Greaaaaattttttttttttt '88 Batch. When the final whistle blew, we couldn't believe what had happened. There were smiles, hand-shakes, embraces & of course, Hip, Hip Hurrays. The mood on the other side was sombre, to say the least. Our supporters were celebrating & we carried Abdulla (our mentor & coach for the tournament) on our shoulders. Deepak was the most relieved man in our team & Dilip was on cloud nine (perhaps already conjuring up stories he would recite in the girls hostel). In all this humdrum, I forgot Nidhi's promise of 5 minutes & Sardar's contribution to the game. But that will be next time.
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby ARVIND MATHUR » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:40 pm

Dear Sadhu
Compliemnts and congrats for such a vivid description and it truly made me :lol: as i unfolded the experience of that day with each line!
You are right a few things remained unexplained at times but with positive and favorable results these are easily forgotten however so great contributions one could have made!
I enjoyed reading the piece and surely would be fun to read more about Sardar Manmohan's contribution. What is very interesting is to know that how come Arvind Arya and RK were interested in making your batch won? Why at all did they bring Sardar and why on the earth even Nidhi listened to them. Nonetheless, unbeliveable had happened! I am sure even if 89 batch guys would have been active on the forum, it would not have been easy to remember and recall this as vividly you have. Kudos to your reproducing the experience in a very lucid manner. Keep it up! :D
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:03 am

Thanks for the compliments Boss ! Now for the untold story ............... :?: :?: :?:
Well, there are no great surprises & certainly no horrid details.

Seems like Sardar Manmohan Singh was watching the match along with RK Boss & Arvind Arya Boss from the safety of the hostel corridor (SB Hostel being quite near the play ground). Till half-time they were watching the 89 Batch get all over us & RK & AA were pulling Sardar's leg about his Batch not being able to do anything. You know both of them !!!!! They can really get under your skin. Sardar was really frustrated & went up to his room for some solitude. He apparently had a vision (or hunch, I guess, though its basis remains unknown to me even today) that if he (Manmohan) were to play, We would win the match. He came out of his room & told this thing to both RK &AA. Arya Boss, in particular, immediately insisted that he take the field (RK, AA, Nidhi, Satin Dutta & Manmohan were quite a group in SB Hostel). They came out to the play ground, called Nidhi aside during half-time & told him that Sardar has to play. Nidhi listened to everything & decided that if there was anything in Manmohan Singh's astro prediction, we would win the match & if it was a fluke, we couldn't be worse-off losing 4-0 or 5-0, trailing by 2 goals as we were.

So, it really was clutching at straws, but the straws definitely saved the sinking man (read '88 Batch). But was it all or was there more to it than meets the eye here .................. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Himadri Roy » Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:22 pm

Excellent description Sadhu. While reading it, I was right there in the middle of the LLRM field. You should seriously consider writing a book about your college days.
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:01 am

Hi Himadri Boss !

I don't know about the book, but I certainly have put together a little poem on my LLRM days. Will try to put it up here some of these days.
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby ARVIND MATHUR » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:52 am

Sounds Great!
It would be really wonderful to see the poetic expression and no wonder that it would be as expressive as you have been with prose.
Interesting to know your creative side as I do not recall having known this part of yuour personality during our college days when several of your batch mates were quite active in so called 'bhand-giri'. I have always felt that there is a lot behind this cool looking guy! So Sadhuji...Keep it up!
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Re: The Great Rivalry.

Postby Sadhu » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:21 am

Thanks Arvind Boss .
But in my LLRM days I was more interested in sports & you know the relation that existed between the music guys & the sports guys :cry: :evil: :twisted: :roll: . That I, along with Satin Dutta, won the best duet award in our Silver Jubilee function was largely due to the coaxing & cajoling (sometimes to the extent of ragging) of RK Boss. Will post the story on my blog. :D :D :D :D :D
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