India Vs Pakistan - On Cloud #Twenty20

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What makes India Vs Pakistan matches so special? Pressure, excitement, standing on the edge, nail biting experience and above all the battle of nerves! An exciting fact is that India has always defeated Pakistan in World Cup tournaments except the Champions Trophy match! Throughout the India-Pakistan match, the pendulum of victory keep on swinging to and fro either from India to Pakistan or vice versa. Fans from every corner of the world stands on their toe to experience the oblivion, especially at the end. What if the match between them is the final of world championship? huh... fans will be on cloud #9. Oops, not really, it should be cloud #Twenty20 now! The Twenty20 final was the dream final and was most exciting in the history of world cricket championship. That was a match worth watching, a moment that will remain very fresh for the rest of our lives. Cricket crazy fans in the subcontinent still believe that "if cricket is a religion then players are their gods!".

But why the arch rivals' matches are regarded as greatest in the history, rating even above the Ashes series? The roots of these sentiments can be traced in the infamous partition way back in 1947. Undivided India then, was partitioned not just geographically, but also on religious and cultural basis. Not only that, the Kashmir conflict fueled the rivalry between the two countries. Even today, some Indian fans think that, "Even if India loose the series, it should not loose against Pakistan." History of India Pakistan matches just didn't produce results but something more. For instance, Frog Jumping incident of Javid Miandad in 1992 world cup. Javid Midandad, some people say, a bad boy of cricket, for once miffed by the verbals from Indian wicket keeper Kiran More and his excessive appeal for a sharp run out chance, where Miandad closely survived. Miandad started jumping up and down like a frog, imitating Kiran More's appeal! A sight to behold. Pure comedy. Pakistan loses the match but go on to win the cup[Best Cricket Sledgings Ever]. Watch this video here.


Even more exciting was Aamir Sohail - Venkatesh Prasad episode in 1996 world cup. Chasing 287 runs in the quarter finals in Bangalore was never easy. Sohail gave a sizzling start but he could not hold his nerves. He was literally destroying the Indian bowlers especially Venkatesh Prasad. He slashed the Prasad's ball over vacant off side area and the ball disappeared into the fence in a flash. Sohail didn't keep his cool. After hitting the shot, he pointed his bat at the area where the bowl had disappeared and then towards Prasad apparently gesturing where he will send the next one. Next ball, Sohail's off stump was flying in the air! "The comeback was truly remarkable, almost a miracle. Prasad has bowled thousands of deliveries and taken hundereds of wickets in his career but, it was this one granted him a place in the History of Indian Cricket[...]." Watch this here.

The list of such incidents and verbal exchanges are never ending. There was a time when India-Pakistan match was lost, the players of the loosing team disappeared for few days just to escape from the angry fans! In recent times India and Pakistan cricket teams are playing with the true spirit of the game. We don't see unusual dramas(like above) on the field except the bat and ball drama. Now a days fans are just sitting back and enjoying the game. We can witness India and Pakistan flags flying together in stadium. Recent Twenty20 world cup final match was played with the great cricketing spirit. Thanks to the leaders of two counties, the relationship between India and Pakistan are improving after 1999 Kargil Conflict. The India-Pakistan matches are becoming a symbol of brotherhood, a symbol of eternal fraternity, a symbol of rebuilding the peace in the subcontinent.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice one!

- Praveen

Santosh Kumar S said...

yes. but are they not doing it because they want to or they have to.

Suppose if they have done those kinds of things again they will be slanged by their families and friends, slammed with fines and suspended for the next 4 or dismissed from cricket itself. And for them, this is their only livelihood.

Its fear that makes them do it. But fear is only a way of postponing the grudge than solving the problem.

If you ask we still haven't got our freedom from each other. We still are burdened with what happened to each other during the partition.

Frankly speaking I don't know how to solve this problem. But I would definitely like to see the day India celebrates when Pakistan wins and Pakistan celebrates when India wins. It should not be a match between two rival nations but two rival teams.

MANJUNATH SINGE said...

Dude, it took 90 years from the first war of independence to see the dream of freedom a reality. After the partition, it took almost 50 years to see some peace in the region. At least people are moving to/from each others' territory. Thats the good sign.
As far as cricket is concerned, the matches can help the common man, leaders, VIPs to move across the border to interact with ppl in other country. This is a beginning. Its a good sign.
And remember these kind of things are necessary but definitely not sufficient.

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