Twitter was on fire during the first two of India’s matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, against Pakistan and South Africa. Indian team was both, magical and clinical. Neither India, nor Pakistan, perhaps not any in world cricket, expected India to perform the way Indians did. Amidst some exceptional performances, undeniably the one central aspect of these wins was MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Field positions, rotation of bowlers, devising the plan, pepping all up to focus on the plan, and not worrying about living dangerously, were all what this great Indian captain continuously fancied.
Ask anyone before the match’s result and you would identify a lie in if the answer comes as “may the best team win” when an Indian and a Pakistani friend ask each other the same question: “who’ll win?”. Both countries have simpler rules when it comes to a cricket match between the two nations:
- We win against you. That’s as good as lifting the World Cup
- We are happiest when we win against you. We are equally happy if you lose against any other team
- Each of the two countries’ internal population is one single nation during an India-Pakistan cricket match. From the next day onward, we get back to our religion, ordinary politics, more
We must thank MS Dhoni for some exceptional reactions captured during the India-South Africa match from our neighbour and you’ll thought Pakistan entirely was unhappy with India’s win! For once, let’s appreciate:
@jawaadnazeer from Lahore, Pakistan
@mansoorkhoso from Pakistan
@IamScheraz from Lahore, Pakistan
@Mansanpk2009 from Karachi, Pakistan
I had the chance to chat with a Twitterati, Muhammad Ahmed (@M_Ahmad07) from Lahore, Pakistan and here’s how the conversation goes:
Chat during India vs South Africa match WC2015 between @BadaniVishal and @M_Ahmad07
Rightly so, the world does deserve a great match each time any nation plays against each other.
@hinaanjum94 from Pakistan
To add, Star Sports India pulled it off great with the Mauka Mauka adverts. It’s emerged more like a Hello Tune in the minds of Indians and I am certain it has had as much effect in the minds of both, Pakistanis and South Africans. So much so that the hashtag #MaukaMauka remained a top trend for a reasonably good time during the match, while other hashtags continued dominating, #IndvsSA, #SAvsInd, #IndvsPak. Like Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had converted in to Eden Gardens, South Africa enjoyed tremendous support from everyone in Pakistan. The Mauka Mauka advert could not have depicted any better. And they are quick to react immediately after the match result with the next advert for the India vs UAE match.
While writing this post, I stumbled upon: Reactions of Pakistani cricket fans who were eagerly praying for the second “MAUKA” in India vs SA match on OpIndia.com. It brings out interesting tweets at the start of the match and during the course of India’s win. Picking on a couple of them for you (but do check all the other tweets in the link above):
India still has a long way to go in the World Cup 2015. It is however heartwarming that India indeed is playing like defending champions. Admittedly, I would have been extremely upset if the games did not go in our favour and the Mauka Mauka tune and adverts would really not have been something that I would continue listening to and watching with sheer happiness.
Meanwhile, here’s what Sanjay Jha tweeted after we won against South Africa:
@JhaSanjay National Spokesperson INC Party
If you do happen to roll over some replies that he received on Twitter, you will certainly enjoy the reactions. I have also noticed that some reactions have been taken off.
So where’s the issue? Cross-border?
Sport must always essentially be rated higher than religion. Music, sports, and talent rather than religion should run a country.