What better way to inaugurate our blog than to cover the recently concluded Pakistan-India series? After almost reaching the T20 World Cup final, and almost winning it, the India series was something we desperately needed to boost our baseless but never-shaking confidence in our team. However, talks had already started that the tour is fixed and that we will draw the T20 series, and lose the One-Days by 2-1. So, after months of anticipation, December 25 was finally here. How was it possible that we lose a match on Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday?
After winning the first T20, we took a sigh of relief that at least now we can’t lose the series. Irrespective of the result of the second match, half the trophy was already ours. And just like most of us thought, we lost the second match, probably because Quaid-e-Azam wasn’t born on December 28, or because Pakistan just had to be Pakistan. But anyway, now we have the picture of Mohammed Hafeez holding the winning trophy, with the other half cropped out. So that trophy partly avenges for the T20 World Cup defeat.
Then came the ODIs and the time to avenge the World Cup semi-final. Yeah yeah conspiracy theorists, we know our prime minister and president must have asked our players to lose. After winning the first ODI, we were hanging between trusting Pakistan to win just one more match and expecting to lose the other two. But like always, unpredictable Pakistan is unpredictable. We not only won the second match by a huge margin (of 85 runs) but also won the series from them, in their country, on their home ground. And the series ended here for us. Nobody remembers the third ODI (wait, was there a third ODI?) and the trophy is in Pakistan!
Our favorite part of the T20 series has to be Mohammed Hafeez’s command with the bat and his brilliant captaincy throughout. As for the ODI series, nothing beats Junaid Khan bullying Virat Kohli every time he came to bat. The three times Junaid Khan took Kohli’s golden wicket could be our comeback to a thousand negative comments from the Indian cricket fans for years to come.
We are not here to spread hatred or build grudges, but when it comes to cricket with India, it is a battle. No matter how much you console your hearts that it is just a game, there has to be a winner and loser, and you never want to be on the losing side. As much as we are up for peace with the neighboring country, we’d like them to keep their hands off the trophies that we are playing for.