It surely was that, personally as well as on the sporting front!
I sure don’t like to brag about it but I managed a nifty comeback earlier today and one that surely classifies as a come-from-behind victory. Allow me to spare the details and praise the other two come-from-behind-victors (apart from me, of course!):
- Deccan Chargers, who beat the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League
- FC Barcelona, who beat FC Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.
And the architects of the comebacks – Rohit Sharma and Andres Iniesta, respectively. Take a bow, gentlemen!
The Deccan Chargers were defending a rather modest total of 145 against the Mumbai Indians and despite losing Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya cheaply, the Indians were on course for a comfortable victory at 97/3 in the 14th over. Then came the turning point as captain Adam Gilchrist threw the ball over to Rohit Sharma and he grabbed 4 wickets in 5 balls (including a hat-trick, spanning two overs) to knock the wind outta MI’s sails! The Chargers went on to win the match by 19 runs and move into 2nd spot in the IPL points table.
The second third – and even more stunning – comeback came from FC Barcelona, as they saw Chelsea take a 1-0 lead as early as the 9th minute, but they continued their patient possession-and-passing game and struck the equaliser deep deep into injury time to level the tie 1-1 and win on the away-goals rule. Chelsea had almost six shots on target and four pretty decent penalty appeals turned down whereas Barcelona had 0 shots on target and were reduced to 10 men after Eric Abidal was sent off in the 66th minute. The lone shot-on-target for Barca came in the 93rd minute, courtesy Andres Iniesta and he buried the ball high into the net to spark wild scenes of celebration for the visiting Barcelona team. Chelsea were absolutely gutted and they let their frustration get the better of them as several players harangued the referee after the final whistle (Didier ‘Cheat’ Drogba, the chief culprit!)
Both Cricket and Football are team sports, and these virtuoso performances might have been the match-winning ones but the entire team rallied around them and credit to all of them.
P.S: Mine was a solo effort though