Rajnish Manga

Gold Star - 181,339 Points (September 10,1951 / Meerut (UP) / Presently at Faridabad (Haryana) , India.)

Cricket’s Demi-Gods And Villains - Poem by Rajnish Manga

Cricket’s Demi-gods and Villains

Till yesterday, there were no odds,
Till yesterday, they were demi-gods,
Till yesterday, they were authentic,
Now you call them villains and frauds.

At times the fans raise their temple,
At others they raze that and trample,
They love to live by hype and frenzy,
How much? A defeat will be sample.

Cricket is what unites us and tames,
No other sports or no other games,
Cricketers are close to our hearts, but
We can’t swallow defeats n shames.

Seven games they won one by one,
You adored n lauded Dhoni’s eleven,
Eighth match lost n you ran berserk,
Thus all that was done, was undone.

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Faridabad, Haryana, India

Topic(s) of this poem: crazy

Comments about Cricket’s Demi-Gods And Villains by Rajnish Manga

  • Britte Ninad (5/17/2018 5:19:00 AM)

    nicely said

    Cricket is what unites us and tames,
    No other sports or no other games,
    Cricketers are close to our hearts, but
    We can’t swallow defeats n shames.....10++++
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    Rajnish Manga (5/17/2018 8:02:00 AM)

    Thanks, Britte Ninad, for your kind visit and appreciative comments on this poem.

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  • Robert Murray Smith (4/15/2018 2:45:00 PM)

    Your poem places cricket in perspective. Unfortunately, recent events by the three banned Australians have horrified cricket lovers. The game will survive. (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2018 3:10:00 AM)

    Cricket a wonderful game enjoyed your poem Rajnish thank you Alan (Report) Reply

  • Bipasha D (4/2/2018 8:45:00 PM)

    You have wonderfully captured the frenzy of the fans. Reality of Indian cricket fans. Sometimes they forget, losing or winning is part of a game. (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (4/2/2018 10:53:00 PM)

    Thanks, Bipasha, for your kind visit and for doing a wonderful review of the poem. This is so inspiring.

  • (2/19/2018 4:10:00 PM)

    Very effective repetition of 'Till yesterday' to get the reader's interest.
    Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were like batting demi-gods to me,
    for different reasons. Sehwag was so aggressive in method like a one-day
    player in tests. Kapil Dev was a -like allrounder. Unfortunately there have also been villains in match-fixing and betting. India is not at all the only country to be involved in this.
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    Rajnish Manga (2/22/2018 11:09:00 PM)

    Sports and sportsmen spirit bring so much joy in our lives. Millions of fans all over the world follow the games and their idols and contribute in their own way to the well being of the fellow citizens and to world peace. Thank you so much, Dear Michael.

  • (11/25/2017 9:55:00 AM)

    Yes this happens sometimes......Rajnishji........anger and frustration will come but we will bear with it sportively and get the sports going........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (11/25/2017 12:16:00 PM)

    This is a very common reaction. I have seen it in other games such as football also, sometimes fans cannot swallow a defeat and can go to any extent. Thank you so much, Sir.

  • The Poet Poet (10/6/2017 9:41:00 PM)

    ur a good English poet too but mostly u compose in Hindi but comment on English great personality Hindi-cum- Engish mix sweet (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (10/7/2017 12:33:00 AM)

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I think languages act as the bridges to bring people from different backgrounds together and closer to each other. Thanks.

  • (6/25/2017 10:05:00 PM)

    It was good to see India defeat Australia in the recent series.
    No villains in that series.
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    Rajnish Manga (6/25/2017 10:44:00 PM)

    Thanks for your lovely comments, Michael. Winning or losing a match is part of the game but the fans tend to get hyper at times.

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (5/10/2017 11:17:00 PM)

    Yes, I agree! I have a cricket-mad family, IPL is always on TV. Too much glory to humans, in my opinion. Have you read my Anthem to the Ball God! (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (5/11/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    Cricket is a big craze here. Same is true for IPL. I think we hold the same opinion about the stature of these players. Thanks a lot for sharing your views.

  • (5/9/2017 12:11:00 AM)

    'Cricket is what unites us in about ten countries of
    the world. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Manoj Prabhkar
    and so many other demi-gods. Never forgotten idols.
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    Rajnish Manga (5/9/2017 12:52:00 AM)

    Of course, they have attained the status of demi-gods and are virtually the role models for younger generation. By and large, Cricket has remained a gentleman's game and it is quite reassuring. Thanks a lot, Michael.

  • Vaidyanathan Ram Iyer (5/6/2017 1:41:00 AM)

    Now they are called villains, nice lines to read. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (10/22/2016 3:31:00 PM)

    Cricket's Demi-Gods and Villains

    after getting comments from you on two of my poems, i wanted to read some of yours. i confess to knowing little about cricket, so obviously i am not a fan. however, i grew up with baseball- which must have, at least in part, origins in cricket. back then baseball was the american past-time with american football and basketball in inferior positions.

    anyway, all this to direct your attention to another poem of mine, orientation to baseball. this is the only poem i've written about a sport as best as i can recall. perhaps you'll enjoy it?


    glen kappy

    p.s. yes, it's a bummer when the team we favor loses. -g.k.
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    Rajnish Manga (10/23/2016 9:32:00 AM)

    That's a wonderful feeling when you receive a comment from a fellow poet on a poem about a sporting event he is not very familiar with. I appreciate your interest in baseball which is remotely akin to the game of cricket. Thanks a lot for your kind words, Glen. I would love to read your poem about baseball.

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (10/5/2016 1:43:00 AM)

    That's the very nature of common masses. They enjoy a million benefits from Government. One unfavourable decision makes them angry and electricity another party. Good poem (Report) Reply

    Rajnish Manga (10/5/2016 8:44:00 AM)

    You have correctly assessed the reckless attitude of general public when there is need for restraint. Thanks.

  • (9/22/2016 9:42:00 PM)

    A very apt comment about cricket's superstars. I like cricket too.
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  • Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar (9/14/2016 4:19:00 AM)

    i like watching criket and liked the contents of the poem (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/20/2016 9:54:00 AM)

    Interesting write. You can captured the Cricket fan's emotions very well. Loved as well as laughed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2016 12:51:00 PM)

    An excellent poem, well rhymed and well worded.
    'Thus all that was done, was undone' - The crux of the poem has been so simply summarized in this line!
    Well done, Rajnish!
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  • Tribhawan Kaul (5/16/2016 2:05:00 AM)

    Cricket is the only sports in India which unites us...yes...but it puts other sports to disadvantage. Winner takes it all is the mindset every where....it takes more than being a human to tolerate defeats......nice composition. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/4/2016 3:25:00 AM)

    Hype and frenzy! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Nosheen Irfan (2/9/2016 12:47:00 AM)

    It beautifully captures the frenzy of cricket fans in the subcontinent. And also reflects life in general in the sense that if you are a success, people will treat you like a god n as soon as you fail, you are thrown from the high stature into ignominy. So the game of cricket can well be a metaphor for life. (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2016 12:41:00 PM)

    So well said, Nosheen, loved your thoughtful comment.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 26, 2015

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