Today was a legendary cricket match, between two rival nations – India and Pakistan. What makes this ODI even more exciting is that it was also a 2011 World Cup semi-final.
To say this game was exciting would be an understatement. The sheer adrenaline pumping thru the Indian and Pakistani fans, in India and worldwide is a testament to today’s epic showdown. Various Indian media agencies reported that almost Rs. 5,000 Crores was being bet on either team, and the semi-finals tickets were selling for 170 times their cost and the Billionaires of India were fighting for spots for their jets. The commentators during the match claimed approximately 1.1 Billion viewers were glued to their seats around the world as well!
India had to maintain it’s winning streak against Pakistan, and Pakistan had to go all out to not only defeat India, but to claim a World Cup victory against them on Indian soil.
The time flew by really quickly, and the game was as intense as it could be. There were times when the winner of the game could not be decided due to the change of pace in the game, but in the end India prevailed and maintained it’s winning streak of 5-0 against Pakistan. TIME called it the ‘mother of all battles’ and I couldn’t agree more. CNN reported today to be the day where ‘1 Billion people would call in sick’ and after speaking to my friends here and back in India, it seems like a very plausible scenario. To be honest, the game was a semi-final, but felt like a final for the World Cup itself, and majority of the fans I spoke to don’t care if India wins the trophy or not, but beating their rival for the fifth time, on Indian soil couldn’t have been a more glorious occasion the country could ask for.
On Saturday – Sachin, the God of cricket (irrefutable statement) will be playing against Sri Lanka in his home city and home stadium, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Another nail-biting experience? Probably. The same excitement as today? Probably not.
Here’s hoping my follow up post will include pictures of the Indian Team with the trophy held up high!