Pakistan Will be Missed
It is with great sadness that I read about Pakistan exiting the World Cup. I am no great fan of Pakistan, the nation, or its leader, or for that matter its cricketers.
However, an India Pakistan clash is one of the most awaited games, and especially on the world stage, where India has whooped the Pakistani backside every time we had met.
There were rumours that a Pak India clash would happen on Sunday April 15 in the Super 8 stages. However as India strives to keep its date with destiny, Pakistan chickened out.
The lack of that match besides, what will be missed is seeing India play at its natural best. Nothing brings out the best in India, than an encounter with Pakistan.
Who can forget
- Kiran More, instigating and getting Javed Miandad all riled up in Australia in 1992, or
- Venkatesh Prasad showing Aamir Sohail the way back to the pavilion in Bangalore in 1996, or
- Ajay Jadeja bludgeoning Waqar Younus in the final overs in Bangalore in 1996, or
- Sachin Tendulkar mauling Pakistan on March 01, 2003 in South Africa.
The above incidents are some of the most memorable highlights of my years of viewing cricket on the screen.
Yes there are others that have been painful, as in Javed Miandad hitting a six off the last ball of Chetan Sharma in Sharjah nearly two decades ago.
Pakistan teams of yore had some of the most amazing players, so what if they were Pakistani. Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, and yes even Inzamam, who all came back from nowhere to clinch the 1992 World Cup. The team of today is but a sorry shadow of its former great self, with players who would find it difficult to get into some first class sides in other countries.
So then, dear old foe, you shall be missed at this World Cup. But do not worry, we will wait till 2011, to whoop your ass on home turf.