Cricket: In Praise of Pakistan! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Cricket: In Praise of Pakistan! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s cricket can be contrary. One minute they’re on top and in the other they are down! This can be said of life in general but in sports it takes on a special meaning. When it involves cricket and brings to the stage Pakistan and India it is no longer a battle between bat and ball. It is a clash of history and geography and the outpouring of emotions that is writ large, as in a theater of war.    

Virat Kohli said it best on the eve of the 2017 Champions Trophy: the side that can handle the pressure well on the day will win. The script was flipped; India buckled on the big stage and folded in the pressure cooker atmosphere.
Their supporters began leaving the Oval after the sixth wicket had fallen.

Hardik Pandya’s cameo ended in comical run-out to sum up India’s miserable day. In some ways it reminded one of West Indies procession into the pavilion in the Final of the 1983 World Cup at Lords. On that occasion it was India
that was on top with the West Indies being made to look ordinary. That loss dented the national pride and arguably set in motion the conditions for West Indies decline.

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ICC Champions Trophy, Final: India v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 18, 2017 – DETAILS

ICC Champions Trophy – Final – India v Pakistan – Pakistan won by 180 runs
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