The extravaganza of Cricket, bigger than the Ashes or the World Cups, that began just a day before the New Year’s Eve has finally finished. Before Pakistan team left for India and after witnessing an ODI and a T20I against India in 2012, I had some doubts if Pakistani bowlers will be able to cope up with the strong Indian batting but my words, the way our boys in green performed.
Up from 9.30 in the morning to watch Junaid Khan rip through the Indian top order was priceless. It had been some time since watching India 29-5 at their home and baby no one better than Pakistan had the ability to do it. Dhoni tried to rescue the innings but it was too little too late. Nasir Jamshed stepped up and who better than Damaad e Hind, Shoaib Malik finished it off with a Federerisque cross court forehand (in tribute to his wife). That was love ♥
Still hadn’t gotten over the hangover of 1st ODI and the 2nd one was there already. Pakistan team unbeated at Eden Garden, Calcutta, was looking to wrap up the series in style with the impressive opening partnership. But as it often happens,a bad shot and then the Pakistani batting crambled. What once looked like a 300+ score, only 249 was made by so much effort. As Indians came to bat, Pakistani bowlers once again were on the money and resumed from where they left the first ODI. It was exceptional as the following tweet suggests it.
Talking about the banter, it is always a whole new experience to follow a cricket match on Twitter. Seasonal EXPERTS, regular cricket fans, and other people observing tiny little details about the match mixed up with all the swearing and cursing. And when it is Pakistan vs India, it is exaggerated at all the levels. Here are a few examples.
Too bad that I was busy tweeting and not star some of them, can’t find them at this moment. Although we lost today’s ODI, but to hell with it. For the first time since 2005, we visited India for a bilateral series and came with the trophy. Beating India in India by destroying their batting, was one awesome treat for the eyes. Now waiting for them to come back and we’ll beat them here too. I’ll sign off with these couple of lines for Indian Cricket Team
“Tum pe yeh hum ne hara rung daala… Haar kar bhi tumhaiiinnn, haraa daala”
p.s. Winners, TAKE A BOW !