December 15, 1997
|Sri Sathya Sai with renowned cricketers - Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Arjuna Ranatunga at the Hill View Stadium - Prasanthi Nilayam|
Swami came near the table tennis players and sports captains…
Swami : Table Tennis? Games are there on January 11th.
Students : Swami, today there is a table tennis match.
Swami : Table tennis…, I used to play.
Students : Swami, here is Your photograph. (They showed the card having a photo of Swami playing table tennis)
Swami : “Kahan Mila”? (Where did you get it from?) I played with a Colombo official in Loyala College and also with Krishnan. I won 3-0. When is your Table Tennis match?
Students : Swami, today at 7: 30 pm Swami, please come and Bless us.
Swami : (To a student, showing how to hold a table tennis bat) Grip should be like this and angle should be proper. (Swami showed the movement with His hand).
Students : Please give Padanamaskar.
Swami : Teesko (Take)
|Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium at Prasanthi Nilayam|
Swami : What time is the cricket match starting?
V. C. : Swami, 8:30 am.
Swami : The match should begin by 9 am. Everything should be kept ready, nothing should be delayed. The Prime Minister is also coming and he will be hoisting the national flag.
Teacher : Swami, You should only hoist the flag.
|Prime Minister Gujral hoisting|
the flag on the final day
V.C. : Swami what about procession?
Swami : I will be coming in the sports car.
V.C. : : Swami, please come in chariot.
Swami : No, pulling the chariot will be difficult. I will come in the sports car, the roof can be opened, and all the devotees can see Me. Who are all the players?
Warden : Swami the same team that played in Sharjah, is coming.
|Sri Sathya Sai arriving in the white Saab car on the final day|
Swami : When???
Warden : Swami yesterday in Sharjah, they won over India. Swami, the other team consists of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Swami, Ranatunga (from Sri Lanka) will lead the team.
|Prime Minister Gujral and Sri Sathya Sai with cricketers from Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the final day|
Warden : Swami some veterans like Kapil Dev and David Boon are also coming…
Swami : Kapil Dev and Ravi Shastri came for Swami’s Darshan long ago. Sunil Gavaskar’s (Rohan Gavaskar) son is also coming on that day.
Warden : Swami, Jayasuriya (from Sri Lanka) is a very powerful player, he can hit the ball to Hanuman.
|Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Sachin Tendulkar and other top cricketers with Sri Sathya Sai on the final event day at the Hill View Stadium|
Brindavan Warden : Yes Swami, there are many statues of Gods, which will give Divine vibration.
Swami : A platform should be arranged in the middle of the ground where the Prime Minister will give away the cups to every player. During the lunch break, primary school children will perform some programme for half an hour. I have already told them to stick on to the time given to them. People can eat and watch the programme. It is of a unique type – no one has tried it anywhere outside. I have told them not to throw colours on the ground, because if the ball falls on the colours, the players’ clothes will get spoilt when they rub it on their pants. Bowlers should bowl straight to the wickets so that the batsmen are able to play it; instead they bowl all wides!
|Sri Sathya Sai giving the Unity Cup to Sachin Tendulkar, Captain of India XI on the final day|
Swami : They lost the game because they did not get the chance to win. If they get the chance, they can win.