The players played it, the watchers enjoyed it and that was that!
‘Games give you a chance to excel, and if you’re playing in good company you don’t even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. The company the Pak players enjoyed was of the living legend MS. Dhoni, the batting genius Virat Kohli and several others and the Indians enjoyed the skills of Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rizwan and others. I will quote an incident here of a famous baseball batter who once said, after I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases. That is the spirit of the game. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but competitiveness matters and that day when both teams played with passion it was visible and in the end someone had to win and someone had to lose. It happened the same way’!
-‘ Those who love sports will always say that It is possible to be in the way of excellence and still lose. Think about this for a moment. Would you rather experience playing, competing and performing at your all-time best in the field and lose, or play awful, get lucky and win? When put in this perspective, the definition of winning and losing is not clear. In other words, it is possible to lose and still perform like a winner, just as it is possible to win and play like a loser. The game was great and the teams fought it out but on the day I,e, Sunday Pakistan cricket team was better and they won the game and it was not that India played badly. Anyway T-20 cricket is a lottery. Sometimes the plans work out and sometimes they don’t’!
-‘Despite the big defeat to Pakistan in a T20 World Cup Super 12 match, captain Virat Kohli showed the ‘spirit of cricket’ as he interacted with the opposition players after the match. Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets in Dubai International Stadium. Openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam stitched together a 152-run partnership to help Pakistan cruise to the chase. Kohli was seen speaking to Pakistan’s opening duo right after the match. Broadcasters also showed Team India mentor MS Dhoni in conversation with some Pakistan cricketers after the game and it sent social media into a state of delirium which was basically a meltdown.’
-‘Cricketers, bowlers or batters invariably say cricket taught me to take chances, to take life as it comes. To hit every ball that comes to me or bowl every ball no matter how hard it looks, to give it my best shot. That is all part of talent and skill and that is the precise reason that players perform at the highest level and show to the world the spirit of the sport but a few are there who spoil the show like the six in Samba. Govt/Police are contemplating strict action against those students who indulged in anti-India sloganeering/abuse UT Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night. Why not just cancel their admission to set a strong example? 6 people were detained In Samba for celebrating Pakistan victory in the T20 World Cup 2021 against India. This was profound stupidity all the way! They should have just enjoyed the game and forgotten about it but who can make the wooden heads understand’
‘If it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game, why keep score? In sports, God knows no favor. It seems rather he is in the business of teaching winners how to lose and losers how to win. And that is the best thing about any sport. Cricket is just one of the many’
As was expected from an India vs Pakistan match, emotions were running high and fans on both sides had a lot to say about the match. From congratulatory messages for Pakistan to pleas for MS Dhoni to return, Twitter had been abuzz with a ton of reactions to the history-creating match between the two neighboring countries. But the forty over game had its great historical moments too. It was the left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi who set up victory – their first over India in six attempts in the tournament – with figures of 3/31 that kept India to 151/7 despite a valiant 57 from skipper Virat Kohli. Thereafter Babar Azam and Rizwan sealed the victory.
But it was Bisma Maroof (Pakistan Women’s team captain) who simply nailed the issue with some stunning emotion filled words as she said that some things are better than winning. It was great that India and Pakistan were playing, both played it fair and hard but only one could win and today it was Pakistan winning. We want/need to see this more often. She was not wrong in any way.
A decayed ideology degenerates and cripples the weak-minded, wavering and cowardly individuals. Just consider what made the Greek ideal of beauty a model was the wonderful combination of the most magnificent physical beauty with brilliant mind and noblest soul. That comes from watching the show put up by the players on the field. Winning and losing is just a part of the game.
Squash is the only game where you call your opponent a partner, and both of you play on the same side smacking the ball on the same walls and trying to outwit each other. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took to social media to share a photograph of Kohli interacting with Rizwan, Azam and captioned it as, spirit of cricket! We have, we will always have! The picture was well-received by fans, who hailed the trio. Meanwhile, Dhoni’s pictures were shared by fans on social media. The former India captain could be seen interacting with the likes of Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim. Dhoni is a veteran wise head and perhaps understands the game and talent in the modern day game like no one else can. Fans hailed the moment with one user writing, ‘the beautiful game, Dhoni passing on knowledge to Babar’. Yes the opening partnership by Babar and Rizwan was indeed historic but so were the magic moments such as the ones mentioned above as the cricketing brotherhood met before and after the game! Nothing was lost as cricket won on Sunday!
I will bring forward some interesting anecdotes of India-Pakistan cricketing history which tickle the brains of the readers. The uplifting 1952 Test series was won by India 2-1. The next two series, in 1954 and 1960, were held against a backdrop of rising tensions over Kashmir, and this was sadly reflected in the cricket. Terrified of losing, both teams played very defensively, So defensively they went on producing ten consecutive and extremely boring draws.
As early as 1952 this led India’s great batsman Vijay Merchant to predict that India’s fast-bowling stocks would suffer as a result. ‘Above all, the partition has deprived India of future fast bowlers,’ he wrote. ‘In the past, India often relied for fast bowling on the North Indian people, who because of their height and sturdy physique, are better equipped for this kind of bowling than the cricketers of Central India or the South.’
Cricket is an Indian game accidentally discovered by the English.But cricket’s success on the subcontinent was testament to the game’s intrinsic compatibility with ancient Hindu culture. With reference to the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, Indians prefer slow-burning dramas and endless digression, that they have an equivocal view of destiny, in which victory and defeat are always partial. These qualities are provided by cricket. Thus, Indians did not merely acquire the game of their colonial occupier – in some deep cultural sense, they owned it all along. That is the reason as to why we all love it and enjoy it!
And finally that evening in Chennai, ‘as the last Indian wicket fell, the Chennai crowd rose to applaud the victorious Pakistanis. It was a reminder that some Indian fans could still appreciate a good game, whatever the result. Barely believing what they were witnessing, the Pakistani cricketers went on a slow victory lap of the stadium. Audibly moved, the Indian television commentator Harsha Bhogle intoned, ‘If you ever wanted to see a victory for sport, here it is in your television screens, in your drawing rooms;. That is what cricket can do. So let us play and enjoy the game!