Time will come to a still. Everyone’s looking anxious, excited and a little nervous praying for a win. It’s March 30th and the time 2.30 p.m. The stadium is full with thousands screaming, screens turned on buzzing with commercials, radios tuned in not to miss a single second of the event. Everything is ready, everyone has taken their positions and places to witness what has always been not only a game, because when it’s India and Pakistan playing on the field it’s more than just a game.
“In 1992 a young man named Sachin Tendulkar produced a good all round performance to help India beat Pakistan, he was just a man then. In 1996 Ajay Jadeja smashed Waqar Younis all over the park and Venkatesh Prasad bowled Aamir Sohail with an absolute beauty after he hit for a boundary and taunted the bowler. 1999 was clouded by the darkness of match fixing but India beat a very strong Pakistan team led by Wasim Akram. In 2003 Sachin ceased to be mortal and was rightly defied and became God, what an innings! The 96 and 03 World Cups provided me with the happiest moments of my entire life,” says Mr. Pranay Rupani, Lectured, St. Francis College for Women. “And yes, India and Pakistan in a World Cup game is always the biggest game ever. Though it is just a game but it is larger than life,” he adds.
Zainab Rangoonwala, a final year student from St. Francis College for Women says, “India – Pakistan cricket matches are always exciting to watch due to immense pressure on both sides. The nations’ anticipation and energy levels reach their peak heights. This match is going to be even more special since both the teams had performed miserably in the last World Cup and now have the chance to redeem them by entering the final. I am going to be tuned into the match right from the toss to the last ball so as to enjoy every moment.”
It’s Men in Blue vs the Green Army both geared up with their helmets and faces smeared, pads put on and their shoelaces tied and now it’s Showtime. “India vs Pakistan World Cup Semi Finals at home soil, it can’t get better than this. It’s an absolute feast for Indian cricket fans. This semi final match is the ‘mother of all matches’. It doesn’t matter to me if India wins the world cup or not but beating Pakistan is a must and we’ve got to be the best and to be the best, we got to beat the rest. One down two to go. Can’t wait for this epic encounter. Come on India, let’s smoke up the Pakistanis,” says an excited Bharat Jain, a second year student from Bhavans Vivekenda College.
What better way to raise the curtains for this mega event than bring two of the cricketing world’s greatest enemies to play the semi finals. On this Day of the world cup, two of the most talented teams in Cricket will unleash their rivalry in the Cricket World. It’s time for the big one now. Simran Jeet Kaur, a second year student from St. Bedes College, Shimla says, “This semi final is just not about any other match, it’s about two deadily egos clashing with each other. It’s a war in skin of bat and ball. For both countries it’s a do or die situation, it’s about craziness, it’s about beating, it’s about sitting on the edge and praying. The final doesn’t matter as much as it matters to India to beat Pakistan.”
“The two strong sub continental teams battling each other down and it cannot get better than this. It’s all about sweat chase and catches, victory in a battlefield called the cricket stadium,” says Punnet Singh, a student of St. Edwards, Shimla.
The Biggest Battle in Cricket will take place on March 30, 2011 as India will meet Pakistan at Mohali. Both countries will play against each other. People from both countries were waiting for this moment since a long time. India beat World Cup holders Australia by five wickets in Ahmedabad to set up a semi-final against Pakistan. “Though India vs Australia was the most crucial and important one but this is going to be the most exciting and interesting match. Pressure towards both the teams is equal from all around,” says Rounak Gupta, a final year student from St. Francis College for Women.
Pakistan annihilated West Indies by 10 wickets in the first knock-out match at Mirpur to secure a World Cup semi-final against India. This is the big match as the two heavyweights of world cricket, India and Pakistan will collide in the semi finals of World Cup 2011 on March 30.
“It is going to be one of the best matches ever and we will repeat the history again. It is time to check what exactly our Indian Team is capable of doing. We are all set to take down the biggest rivals. And if we do so then this will be our dream world cup. By removing Aussies and then Pakistanis we will be all ready to take the cup in our hands,” says Akshat Runwal, who has recently completed his Class 12 from D.P.S. Bangalore.
In this prevailing context, cricket assumes a much larger significance than it should. A loss at the hands of the other will be considered nothing less than national failure. “Cricket matches are followed very religiously in India. And when the match is an ICC World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan, words fall short to define the frenzy. India has to win the match. Period,” says Shruti Singhal, a final year student from St. Francis College for Women.
A successful team and successful players could expect to be given hero status for months after the victory. Thus both the teams are under tremendous pressure to perform well and win. With both teams trying their level best, the match often became very exciting. “We are lucky that the match is in Punjab, the border is near, after the victory we will bid the Pakistanis the Farwell in rickshaw, they’ll reach home without any hassles,” teases Bhavneet Kaur, a graduate from Chandigarh and currently working.
“The match should set a friendly impact on both the neighboring countries. The spirit of the game wins in the end and I hope that the match provides a bridge for friendship between both the nations. We all pray for peace,” observes Siddanti Bodhu, a second year student from St. Francis College for Women.
Match after match, India and Pakistan are getting prepared and gearing up for this big stage performance. Dhiren Haria, a final year student from St. Joseph Degree College says, “The most awaited match is here. We all are excited and looking forward to the match. No doubt it will be a thrilling match and everyone has a reason to pray. We owe this cup to Sachin. GO INDIA!”
They have fueled the fires with talent and practice, and now, only the explosion remains. If you follow cricket even a little bit, then do not dare miss this match as the rivalry between two of the biggest foes in cricket at the shall be renewed.