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India v Pakistan and Cricket in General.

March 30, 2011

A short and a quick post about today’s match

India v Pakistan. This the reason why cricket was invented. No other sporting rivalry can match the hype and pressure an India v Pakistan gets. People stop working, and the nation’s productivity dips. Literally. And today, what was billed as ‘The Greatest Match Ever’ was played. India and Pakistan face each other in a Semi Final of the World Cup. The only thing bigger than this would be India and Pakistan playing in the Final of a  World Cup. The stakes were high, and useless statistics were flying all around. India beat Pakistan in all the matches they played in a World Cup they say, to which some said, Pakistan always won at Mohali against India. As Zaltzman rightly said, ‘for every stat, there is a counterstat’.

  • I saw the match with about 250-300 people (Indians + Pakistanis) in my University. Honestly, I never thought I’d have such a good time watching the match as I had today. Every single taken by the Indians was cheered by us Indians at the venue, and every dot ball was cheered by the Pakistanis present. The slogan chanting and the name calling was insanely fun, and it lasted for every single minute of the match. Right from Sehwag (he who can play on water and call it a good pitch to bat on), Sachin (God), Raina and all our bowlers, everybody put forward their A-game today. I wont be all politically correct and courteous about this, but India totally outplayed Pakistan today. Barring Wahab ‘Whadaplaya’ Riaz, Pakistan sucked and did not deserve to win the match today. So, it was fun booing and jeering at the Pakistani fans today, though it was all done with no swear words and all in good humour. And, Afridi’s postmatch talk is a true example of sportsmanship and grace. So, well played in the World Cup, Pakistan, and good luck.

  • Why Sachin is God you ask? Simple. God is defined as ‘A man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people’, and Sachin is that deity for me (and a few millions). I respect your religion and choice of worship, so I expect you to do the same. Respect my choice of God. You remember that sequence today at the stadium? Someone in the crowd was holding a poster which read ‘We want 1983 to repeat’ or some such, and right then Sachin walked in to the frame. That gave me goosebumps, and I bet to a billion others.
  • People who think Cricket is a waste of time. Why fret over it? Let other people follow their interests no? Why should you have a problem with somebody’s interests? Half the fun of watching cricket is watching it with like-minded people. So, when we obsess over cricket on Twitter/Facebook, just let us be. If possible, join the madness, else ignore us. But you can by no means bigot against Cricket crazy fans. If you do, this smacks of hypocrisy.
  • To people who say ‘Why does your patriotism come to the fore during a India v Pakistan match’. Jump and die.
  • To people who said today’s match was fixed. Allow me to sponsor the treatment to fix your brain.

P.S: India won against Pakistan in all their WC encounters. :p

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2011 9:18 pm

    I actually like the mild serious feel in this post. And all of you guys (Indians and Pakistanis) in your university who watched it together surely deserve a pat on each of your backs.

    And the people who boo us cricket fans, do they even know what they are missing out on? 🙂

    And no comments on the ‘match-fixing’ remark, except ‘No country’s cricket board would want to do this for a World Cup semi-final, no matter how rich they get.’ (I hope!)

    And as always, in the end ‘good cricket and the fans are the winners!’

    • March 30, 2011 9:43 pm

      ShastriBot – Viju #SameGuy? :p

  2. March 30, 2011 9:34 pm

    Its not just about cricket. Today’s match gave everyone a exciting memory which will be shared with everyone else for the next 4 years and maybe more. Waata a Game!!!

    • March 30, 2011 9:44 pm

      You said it. And importantly, the players conducted themselves really well.

  3. March 30, 2011 9:40 pm

    Yes. You need to sponsor that brain scan for whole lot of weirdos out there.

    Lovely post. The feel of being an Indian takes a different level in a foreign land. We saw it in a group as well and the goosebumps came with the National Anthem. Heart attacks were suffered when God survived two potential dismissals.

    All set for Saturday?

    • March 30, 2011 9:42 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      Seriously! The National Anthem gave me goosebumps. And true, I think I cheered for India more than I ever did today.

      All set for Saturday! 😀

  4. March 30, 2011 11:41 pm

    I remember the frame you mentioned about 1983 WC and Sachin. Just respect for Sachin and nothing else! Totally over our lives.

    It was a good match though God got far too many lives. Never mind, who cares as long as he gets those runs! But silently wished he didn’t reach his century today. I wouldn’t want to remember his 100th century marred by 6 lives. Would rather wait for a masterclass innings.

    • March 31, 2011 9:59 pm

      Agree with that. Hoping we get to see that flawless masterpiece by the genius at Wankhede, in a World Cup Final, no less. 😀

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