-Duke Jeyaraj’s poem on the India-West Indies World T20 SemiFinal on 31 Mar 2016 in Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai which West Indies won with a message at the end

If only, had Indian Captain Dhoni won the toss,
India would have perhaps chased and shown they were this match’s boss,
If only, had the explosive Rohit Sharma, the 20 overs batted through,
India may’ve scored much more in their 20, and perhaps made it through!
If only Indian batsmen had tried to clear the ropes, rather than run the twos,
They would have had set a steeper target, that would not make them lose!
If only Ashwin/Pandya hadn’t converted their wicket-taking balls into no-balls,
There was no question of match-winner Simmons getting those umpire recalls!
If only Jadeja hadn’t touched the boundary rope while catching that Simmons’ rocket,
Who knows – Dhoni could have well had this super semi-final in his pocket,
If only India had played all-rounder Pawan Negi, instead of the pure-batsmen Manish Pandey,
Dhoni would’ve had better options to turn to, when his regular bowlers’ bowling was in total disarray!
If only, Ashwin instead of Kohli, had bowled the last over – he had two still left,
May be, he, like he proved in the Champions Trophy 2013 Final, for India, could have been a cleft!

While the “if only” of the cricket field doesn’t ultimately matter much,
The “if only” of our spiritual lives – can be the difference between eternal heaven and ever-lasting hell – as such!

“If only you would come to me to right now”, Jesus, in-effect said in Luke 19:42 in the Bible,
“Your life’s peace will be eternal and it won’t be fickle as a bubble!”
If only, you come to God-in-flesh Jesus in repentance and faith now,
Your life – even amidst the trials – will become meaningful, joyous and wow!

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, a ministry to presentday people supported by those who are blessed by his messages and articles. Find out more by visiting www.dukev.org or liking www.facebook.com/googleduke).

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