When Pakistan cricket team reached India to play the World Cup, it got a wonderful welcome. In the first two matches, Babar Azam and his team were appreciated both on the field and also in the hotel where they were accommodated in their host city Hyderabad.
Their hospitality was such that Mohammad Rizwan, the hero of the victory against Sri Lanka, even said that Hyderabad was just like playing in Rawalpindi.
But as soon as there was a competition between India and Pakistan, the support was completely in favor of India.
India defeated Pakistan for the eighth consecutive time in the ODI World Cup.
After bundling out Pakistan on the score of 191, India won the match in just 31 overs.
After this victory, there was celebration in India and firecrackers were burst.
However, it was also discussed that the difference in the number of supporters of India and Pakistan in the stadium of Ahmedabad was very high.
At the same time, the former cricketers of Pakistan, the media and the people there strongly criticized the performance of their team.
What did the newspapers of Pakistan write?
“We came, we saw and we collapsed,” Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn wrote.
He wrote, “Pakistan’s team completely fell apart in Ahmedabad, while the Indian team produced a high-class all-round performance and further strengthened its position as the favorite in this tournament. Pakistan’s team lost the last eight wickets for 36 runs. That is, from a strong position, when it seemed completely set, suddenly he was ‘out of competition’.”
The newspaper writes that “Not being able to perform is worse than losing in the India-Pakistan match.”
The newspaper The News wrote, India defeated Pakistan in front of 130,000 spectators in the match held at Narendra Modi Stadium and 99.9% of the people present in the stadium were supporting the ‘Men in Blue’.
It wrote, “After the match, Babar Azam acknowledged the team’s failure in both batting and bowling and admitted that the score of 191 was very low.”
Whereas Geo News wrote, “India maintained its consecutive World Cup wins against Pakistan and now the record is 8-0.”
It also wrote that “India defeated Pakistan in every department of cricket.”
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What did Pakistan’s cricket fans say?
The cricket fans there expressed disappointment over this defeat of Pakistan.
One spectator said, we say this every time whether you win or lose, we love you. But it seems that the Pakistan team does not love the people of Pakistan.
A female spectator said, “It doesn’t matter where you are playing. What matters is how you are playing. After today, I will not watch Pakistan’s matches.”
Another spectator said, “Flaws have come to light in the bowling of Pakistan team. We should give more chances to the new players.”
Another spectator said, “It is not easy to bear the pressure of playing among more than one lakh spectators. Firstly, due to the pressure of the spectators and then our wickets have fallen again and again, due to that we could not do well in the match.”
of pakistan a cricket fan Wrote on social media network 8-0 is a shameful record and the gap between the two teams is continuously increasing.
One user Wrote, “As is the condition of the country, so is the condition of the team.”
Pakistan still has six more league matches to play in this World Cup. Whether Pakistan will reach the semi-finals will depend on its performance in the subsequent matches of this tournament, starting with the match against Australia on October 20. However, in the future it also has to face teams like South Africa, New Zealand and England.
Were there no Pakistan supporters in the stadium?
After the match, Pakistan cricket team director Mickey Arthur said that there were more than one lakh Indian supporters in the stadium, which made it look more like a bilateral match organized by the Indian Cricket Board.
While giving space to Mickey Arthur’s statement in Pakistani newspapers, it was written that he was pointing towards giving less visas to the people of Pakistan.
Mickey Arthur said, “I am saying with all honesty that it was not like an ICC event. It looked like a BCCI event. I rarely got to hear ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ on the microphone.”
However, Arthur also said, “I will not use this as an excuse for defeat.”
He said, “Our overall performance was a bit lackluster. We should have gone further in this match. As we knew this was a big occasion, we should have performed well.”
Responding to Arthur, head coach Grant Bradburn later described the green shirt’s absence as ‘sad’.
He said, “We are really sad that our supporters were not here. It would have been nice to have them here. And I think the Indian supporters would also have liked to see the Pakistani spectators here.”
What did former cricketers say?
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis told the BBC, “Pakistan should really sit down and sort out their issues. How can you lose eight wickets in just 12 overs. Pakistan will have to do this now because next they have to face England, Have to play teams like South Africa and New Zealand.”
He said, “Critics will talk about Babar Azam’s captaincy. He does not think outside the box. In such a situation, you expect that your captain will do something different so that the opposing team comes under pressure but it did not happen.”
Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar said in a video post, “Very disappointing performance. Pakistan was thrashed (defeated) by Rohit Sharma and the Indian team.”
He also tweeted, “Definitely Rohit and Virat must be taking more pressure than this in net practice.”
Former Indian wicketkeeper Deep Das Gupta also expressed disappointment over Pakistan’s defeat.
He said, “So far this has been the same story between India and Pakistan in the World Cup. Out of the 8 matches between the two teams so far in the World Cup, India has won all of them one-sidedly.”
He said, “It is a bit disappointing to see this match when till 30 overs it seemed that Pakistan will score between 280 to 290. But after that the Indian team made it one-sided. Such matches teach you that That’s how you handle the pressure.”
Popularity of India-Pakistan match
This match played between India and Pakistan also became a new record for the spectators. While this match was watched by more than one lakh spectators on the field, it created new paradigms in terms of viewership on OTT.
News agency PTI has quoted Disney Hot Star as saying that the India-Pakistan match was watched by a maximum of 3.5 crore viewers, which is a new record on OTT.
It left behind the record of 3.2 crore viewers set during the IPL final this year in the match between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans.
Disney Star also telecasted this match on the channel of Star Sports Network, but the information about how many viewers watched this match on it will be available only after a week when the figures will be given from BARC.
This match between India and Pakistan was shown in many theaters of multiplex operator PVR Inox. PTI got information that a large number of spectators had reached there also.
PVR Inox is telecasting all the league matches as well as semi-finals and finals across India on its 116 screens across 40 cities.
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