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The chosen ones: a boy and a girl born for the Cup
Cup baby boy

The world was going berserk over the World Cup but Baby Boy Gupta was in a world of his own, sleeping peacefully inside a glass room on Saturday evening. His cheeks bordering on crimson, his tiny pink lips ready to pucker, his head a mass of dark spikes and curls, Ashish and Tripti Gupta’s son lay oblivious to the history being created at Wankhede Stadium, clueless of the occasion that will from now on make him special among the 1.2 billion people who sat with their hearts in their mouths till Dhoni’s six.

Baby Boy Gupta’s place in the history of cricket-crazy India was secured the moment he was born, at 3.52pm, at the Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre. “He came into the world with a kick and (Tillakaratne) Dilshan was kicked out of the ground,” beamed grandmother Sharda Gupta.

First-time father Ashish, a project manager with Larsen & Toubro Limited, couldn’t seem to sit still, out of sheer excitement. “I hope my son brings luck to Team India,” he said in between broad grins. That was just about when Sehwag and Tendulkar were walking out to bat.

Four hours later, Ashish called up and shouted: “I told you we would win, I told you we would win!”

Mother Tripti turned out to be quite a sport herself. Still heavily sedated, the 28-year-old former researcher in equities was eager to share her joy at becoming a mother even as Team India powered their way to the World Cup crown.

Cup baby girl

That she was born in 1983, the year Kapil’s Devils won the Cup at Lord’s, made her boy’s birthday even sweeter. Tripti is considering naming him Aryaveer, after Sehwag’s son! “I am feeling very lucky, I hope India will win,” she whispered. “I missed the match, but as you can imagine, I can feel an entirely different match out here,” she added, possibly meaning her stitches from the C-section.

Her husband, of course, came to the maternity ward armed with his laptop so that he wouldn’t miss the match entirely. “I also asked my brothers-in-law Ankush and Ankit to give me ball-by-ball updates,” smiled Ashish, a batsman for the L&T corporate cricket team.

On the tiny cot beside Baby Boy Gupta slept Baby Girl Jaiswal in a foetal curl. Born to Aman and Jyoti Jaiswal at 8.24 on Saturday morning as the entire country got into Cup mode, the sight of the round pink face convinced her father that his little angel would bring luck to Team India.

Mere ghar Lakshmi aayee hai, aaj toh India zaroor jeetegi,” insisted Aman, a businessman based in central Calcutta. A Zaheer Khan fan, Aman had already won one wager with his brother-in-law — about the baby being a boy or a girl. “He’s lost one bet, now he will lose the other too. India will win the Cup,” smiled Aman, brother-in-law Ritesh Gupta by his side.

And if his daughter wants to become another Jhulan Goswami when she grows up? “I would love that. I will support her fully if she wants to become a cricketer,” said Aman, “a bowler” at a Kalighat sports club till recently.

Baby Boy Gupta and Baby Girl Jaiswal may not know each other when they are old enough to understand the significance of their birthday. But in cricket-crazy India, they will always share a common bond — of being the chosen ones.

Do you know of a baby born during the Cup final? Tell ttmetro@abpmail.com

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