Rajnish Manga

Gold Star - 246,953 Points (1951 / Meerut / Now at Faridabad)

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 they did, was undone.


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Faridabad, Haryana, India

Topic(s) of this poem: crazy, cricket, defeat, international, sport, tournament


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This all happened during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. India won seven games on the trot but lost the eighth game (Semi-Final) to Australia. This was followed by too much hue and cry by fans.

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

  • Mahtab Bangalee (6/20/2019 5:22:00 AM)

    it's said that
    Cricket
    the game of civilized person;

    if so; yes
    the fan of this game
    has to prove that
    he/she is civilized too! /// superb poem; salute SIR
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    Rajnish Manga(6/21/2019 5:09:00 AM)

    I fully agree with what you have said. We must have a positive outlook. In any competitive game, no team can take wins for granted all the time. Fans should also behave gentlemanly.

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  • Michael Walker (4/17/2019 9:34:00 PM)

    I am looking forward to this year's World cup in England. India must be one of the favorites. Kohli is an exceptional batsman and captain, from what I saw in the tests against New Zealand this year. (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(4/18/2019 7:29:00 AM)

    Yes, they have been doing fairly well under Kohli. It will be interesting to see them perform in the World Cup matches.

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  • Michael Walker (2/13/2019 7:36:00 PM)

    India have just defeated NZ quite easily in a one-day series. India's captain is a very fine batsman and tactician. I was impressed by the left-handed opener, Dahwan, who is so stylish. The other opener made many runs also.
    India's spinners were too much for NZ. There were no villains in this series.
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    Rajnish Manga(2/14/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    You have nicely captured the action between India-NZ cricket teams which was highly in favour of India. This time Indian team was quite balanced in batting, bowling and fielding. Their Australia tour was even more successful this time over. Thanks, Michael.

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  • Jagdish Singh Ramana (2/4/2019 5:19:00 AM)

    That's why it is called a religion., espacially in India.
    Nice poem!
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    Rajnish Manga(2/4/2019 7:43:00 AM)

    Thanks for a very positive feedback.

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (10/21/2018 11:18:00 PM)

    The nature of the fans perfectly described in the poem.Like it.++10 (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(10/21/2018 11:55:00 PM)

    Thanks for your appreciative comments on this poem, Sir.

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  • Dominic Windram (10/8/2018 4:01:00 AM)

    Great poem Rajinsh. I'm a huge fan of the Indian national team..Kapil Dev, Gavaskar...Tendulkar...so many memorable players. Unfortunately, I haven't watched cricket for many years now as it's not accessible on U.K T.V unless one is willing to purchase SKY...which I am not! ! ! (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(10/8/2018 5:58:00 AM)

    More than any other game we Indians are more inclined to put our time and money in cricket than any other game. We are rather cricket fanatics. A defeat can reveal that attribute blatantly. Thanks for sharing your views about Indian cricket and cricketers.

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  • (8/14/2018 2:17:00 AM)

    Good poem on cricket Cricket is what unites us i totally agree but it is high time we urge people to show
    interest in other games too please read my new play conversation with martyrs-a play
    vande mataram
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    Rajnish Manga(8/14/2018 3:20:00 AM)

    Thanks for your positive feedback with a very sensible suggestion to promote games other than cricket. I will surely read your poem.

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (7/31/2018 10:58:00 AM)

    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...........I absolutely agree with you sir! It's a pragmatic write! (10)
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    Rajnish Manga(8/1/2018 4:14:00 AM)

    Thanks for having quoted a part of the poem and following it with a very positive
    feedback Thank you, Dr Dillip.

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  • (6/25/2018 11:36:00 PM)

    Just after making that comment, I thought about how such a behaviour is common in peoples' personal life too. We always praise our children, for example, when they get good marks in the exam and criticise, almost vilify them when the opposite happens. Maybe it is just a human trait, and much like many others a sad one. Thanks for sharing Mr Manga. (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(6/28/2018 9:42:00 AM)

    Yes, this is not a freak. Our conduct in a particular situation will depend, among other things, on our anticipation or level of expectation coupled with provocative thrust it provides in a society or on a larger scale. Thanks a lot, Dear Friend.

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  • (6/25/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    It is the ultimate truth about fans - a word, I believe have some connections with fanaticism. We are always too willing to jump the bandwagon, whether providing too much adulation or simply becoming detractors. There's nothing in between them. A perfect poem on this subject Mr Manga. (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(6/28/2018 9:17:00 AM)

    You have said it. These fans are driven more by impulse than by reason. Fanaticism' is the perfect word which explains their behaviour in both the situations- winning a crucial match or losing it. Thanks, Dear Soul, for probing this issue in the right perspective.

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  • 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

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  • (4/10/2018 3:10:00 AM)

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

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Walker (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.

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  • (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.

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Walker (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.

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Walker (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.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, June 21, 2019


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