Cricket: India vs Pak WC 2019 .. what you may have missed!

India’s decimation of Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2019.. A post mortem of all the on-field and offfield happenings!

1. Vice Captain Rohit Sharma really could have made 250 runs all by himself today.. but just got bored.

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2. While Indian experts & media debated for months about the #4 batting spot; our team management have quietly upgraded it and made it flexible. When it’s a good start, Pandya comes in and when it’s not a good start.. touchwood that’s not going to happen.

3. Hardik Pandya wasn’t middling the ball well and struggling out there … yet scored 26 runs at 130% strike rate!

4. The street smart Kedar Jadhav is probably being wasted down and should be our #5 batsmen.

5. But then, every player in this team is putting his hand up (a sign of a great unit) – KL Rahul gave us a good start while Vijay Shankar made runs & took wickets! Whom to drop .. when Gabbar returns?

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6. Such is our bench strength that Mohd Shami coming in next match (ahead of the unfit Bhuvi) will actually upgrade the bowling unit’s threat!

7. Kuldeep & Chahal are still making Kul-Cha of opposition batsmen… after hurting them with the Cha-Ku!

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8. Pakistan lost four top order wickets to Hardik Pandya & Vijay Shankar. Seriously? Jasprit Bumrah & Bhuvi weren’t even required much today!

9. India vs Pakistan head to head WC record now stands at 7-0!

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10. India now have one foot in the WC2019 SemiFinals & may give games to some bench players vs weaker opposition.

XI. The World Cup is coming home!

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Don’t agree on the above? Well, India won this match ..

– despite Shikhar Dhawan not playing.

– despite a key bowler hobbling off.

– despite Virat Kohli losing the toss.

– despite India asked to bat in overcast conditions.

– despite Pakistan batting second, which is helpful in Duckworthless (D/L!!) situations.

– despite Sarfaraz very relaxed and yawning on field.

– despite Sania Mirza supporting India only 50%.

– despite Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan getting involved, giving Sarfaraz advice on Twitter.

– despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being kattis (not your friend) with Imran Khan at the recent SCO meet.

– despite Amit Shah not involved in strategising.

– despite ‘Exit polls’saying it will be a close match.

– despite weather gods threatening to wash off the match.

– despite Virat Kohli walking off even when he was not out.

– despite Virat not taking DRS when a Pakistan batsman was clean LBW.

How much more olive hand can India extend.. yeh to Olive orchard tha..!!!

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Disclaimer: The above article was published first in UTSAV Singapore newsletter.

https://utsavsgp.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/india-vs-pakistan-what-you-may-have-missed/

The best of Twitter comments! .. as the day progressed!

The Cricket World Cup 2019 is coming home!

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