Ashes Go Places




Well, they go to only two distinctive places, England and Australia. The history of the Ashes Series is impressive, mocking and also cool. Years ago when I saw Ponting with a celebrity smile, holding a tiny, something which was smaller than a tea cup in his hand, I was surprised. Was it for this teeny urn the countries fought?

Ashes go places

Ashes go places

Why not? Why always the insignia should be a big, not exactly, a medium sized cup? If you have a reason to celebrate for Gulliver, the same holds good for the Lilliput too. The ‘Ashes Trophy’ is not only the game of sentiment for the two nations; they also mark how the press and media could create a history in the late 19th century.

One could always Wiki about the ‘Ashes Trophy’ and so on, but Wiki-ing is just a monotonous activity. Here it goes, the sentiment, sheer patriotism, mad Amor for the country and countrymen reflects in the game. This ritual set of Tests between England and Australia began, way back in the late 19th century. Though the ‘Ashes’ came along only after a decade or so, it wasn’t all know or well-noted earlier. Defeating an enemy gives a great pleasure of lifetime, defeating the same enemy at his own land, gives immense pleasure of another lifetime. This is exactly what happened to the English, the Australians made the stadium, The Opal a coffin for the English Team at their own sands.

This marked the end of an era, with a single rubrical statement, a highly sarcastic ‘Obituary’ note for the English. No real death, no mourning, no funeral, yet the ‘Ashes’ were born!

This marks the genesis of the ‘Ashes Legend’.

The successive Test Series, at the Island continent, the English played with the only motto of bringing back the ‘Ashes’ back home. When they won, a bevy of Melbourne women presented the tiny, small but worth a million, even more, the terracotta urn, which is said to contain the ‘Ashes’ of burnt cricket bail,  to the English Captain in 1882.

Indeed, Ashes go places, this Test Series is not about winning the trophy, but it is like the recursive loop of bringing the ‘Ashes’ back!

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Bharathi Murali

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Hello folks! I am Bharathi Murali, 20, a Chemical Engineering student who always look at journalists or journalism students with a little jealousy in my eyes. I belong to Coimbatore now put up in Chennai. Besides writing, blogging I like traveling (on my bike), photography and silence. I have strong belief in philosophy. With regard to sports I just love watching them on TV when it comes to playing them I have tried to play most of the Indian sports with shallow knowledge in each. I am also a part of the University Basketball team and guess more than scoring I take care of defence better and well known for the fouls that I generally commit! I blog at www.thebhavachakra.blogspot.com. In one line I have always admired Bhagat Singh more than Gandhi, I support radicalism!

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