Saturday, March 26, 2011

More than a game

The cricket match played between the two nations, India and Pakistan, has never been a mere sporting event; it is more than a game and its intensity is doubled when these countries meet together in World Cup semi-final seeking a berth for World Cup Final. Thus, winning over the other is always a matter of great pride and patriotism.

Ever since the partition of India into two nations in its religious fanaticism, fundamentalism and Kashmir invasion there has been always tension and animosity. Though, these are the inhospitable elements that make the match played between these nations very special.

It is cricket war happening and the whole atmosphere would be electrified when the arch rivals meet on March 30, in Mohali for the semi-final. This is the only cricket match which is much awaited by the cricket world, perhaps more than the World Cup final itself. Men in blue can never afford to lose to Pakistan in semi final even if they fail in the final, because of its historical and geographical fabric.

India always had an edge over Pakistan in the World Cup; the history tells that whenever these two countries have met each other in the world cup the victory was with India. The whole cricket world is looking forward for this day. The early exist of both the teams in the last world cup caused less viewership in the final stages. The world of cricket is revolving around team India and its performance.
Though India had a sluggish start in this world cup, it is getting the momentum as it advanced to the next stage and it was very much visible in the quarter final with three time defending champion Australia, though the bowling department was a matter of concern it has come up well and batting was superb.

Let us hope that the men in blue would handle the pressure and live up to the expectations of this great nation where Cricket is a religion and Sachin is God. Let us keep the pride of the nation high. Chake de India…………………………………….

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