A moment of glory

Published Jan 05, 2013 03:05am

CRICKET matches between India and Pakistan have always been keenly watched by the citizens of both countries, in view of their traditional rivalry. Considering the emotions that have almost inevitably accompanied such matches, it was an agreeable sight to see the Kolkata home crowd appreciating Pakistan’s performance on Thursday. Domestically, too, cricket is one of the few elements that bind Pakistanis — otherwise so polarised — today. It is against this backdrop, at home and abroad, that the victory against India in Kolkata must be viewed. Pakistan’s latest triumph gave it an unassailable 2-0 margin in a three-match ODI series. The players stood up and delivered under intense pressure to win. What is, indeed, most satisfying is the fact that the two successive victories — the first in Chennai — came riding on the shoulders of the young crop, especially Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan. That they led the batting and bowling charge as much in spirit as they did physically is something that would have surely warmed the hearts of all concerned.

The visible improvement in the fielding during the short tour also came as a pleasant surprise. Pakistanis have been known for their rather slapdash efforts in the field, but the tour was indeed a revelation that the team can deliver in this area too — an improvement that must be attributed to the untiring efforts of Coach Dav Whatmore. Meanwhile, the players’ agility showed both professionalism and class. With all the positives in the bag, is everything perfect for the team? Perhaps not yet, although its performance in India shows that Pakistan is on the right track. Pakistan cricket had been in the doghouse for some time on account of the spot-fixing allegations that had earned the team a bad name. Now is the time to play well and with integrity to prove their worth.

Do you have information you wish to share with Dawn.com? You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Simply democracy

Almost dictators in Pakistan adopted the flawed opinion in past that "Western democracy does not suit Pakistan."

Promoting tolerance

The issue of violence against minorities is of grave intensity, it requires some immediate steps to be halt.

Thar reality check

Sindh government will have to provide potable water and other basic facilities to Thar, so as to reduces its woes.

Comments (3) Closed

Jan 05, 2013 06:25pm
It might take long, but finally the power of Prayer prevail. I have prayed hard and long for this to come. Islamic way of playing cricket has triumphed.
Jan 05, 2013 07:03pm
We don't like you guys anyways..cricket or no cricket
Komal S
Jan 06, 2013 03:43am
Congratulations Pakistan Cricket team, a well deserved victory.