Well done, India

Published: April 5, 2011
India's players celebrate with their trophy after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai April 2, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

India's players celebrate with their trophy after India won their ICC Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai April 2, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

It would be easy for Pakistan to be churlish about the just-concluded World Cup. This was a tournament that we were supposed to co-host along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The bitter defeat to India only rubbed salt in the still-festering wound. Now, however, is not the time to dwell on that. Partly because of the excitement and verve the Pakistani team added to the tournament, this edition of the World Cup is being considered one of the most successful yet. For nearly five weeks, the cricket world was held rapt with attention as one exciting match followed another, culminating with a final between India and Sri Lanka, the two best teams in the tournament.

As pre-tournament favourites, India lived up to its reputation, but not without a few hiccups during the journey. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team deserve all the praise in the world for not choking despite the intense hype and media scrutiny that accompanied their every move. No true fan of cricket could fail to have been moved by the sheer joy on Sachin Tendulkar’s face as he captured the one glory that has eluded him. That two giants of the game, Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan, played their last World Cup game in the final also warmed the hearts of all cricket lovers. Few men have done as much for cricket in South Asia, and indeed the world, as these two men. Future World Cups will be all the worse for their absence.

The hosts all deserve kudos for defying the sceptics. Before the tournament began, it was feared that it would be a run-fest that gave nothing but heartache to the bowlers. But as Shahid Afridi, Zaheer Khan and Dale Steyn showed, the contest between bat and ball was evenly matched. Our team may not have won, but as cliché as this phrase has become, cricket truly was the winner this time around.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • sundar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:57AM

    Thank you ET. It is all in the game winning and loosing. Losers are also winners when they accept defeat instead of finding fault with media or bringing in religion as the ball biter aka Afridi did. Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Apr 5, 2011 - 9:31AM

    Good article indeed…Recommend

  • Indian Punjabi
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Thanks ET !!!Recommend

  • harkol
    Apr 5, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Pakistan nearly kicked India out in semi. It is sheer lack of big match temperament on the part of some of the youngsters and lack of imagination in case of couple of seniors that contributed.

    India on the other hand were well served by their youngsters, in fact, they won the games for India on many occasions, while seniors lifted their hands up and contributed magnificently.

    What the game showed is the entire sub-continent indeed enjoys this game and has the temperament to take losses unlike before where cricketers were booed on their returns.

    Perhaps because they reached semis – Real test would be if they’d be kicked out in the first round in future contests!Recommend

  • Amit
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:27PM

    It is just a game and there will always be a winner and loser. In sports it is the sporting spirit that matters. But in Pak media there are conspiracy theories already making rounds which will ruin this spirit. Recommend

  • John
    Apr 5, 2011 - 10:29PM

    The PAK team lost because Afridi’s heart was big and Dhoni’s heart was small !

    What is in your mind comes out in action Recommend

  • basanti
    Apr 6, 2011 - 5:55AM

    @John ROFLMAORecommend

  • Apr 6, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Finally someone in Pakistan realised that the Indian team played better cricket than every body else. It won becuase of this and not because others played poorly.Recommend

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