Cricket Ma­nia

Southasia - - Editor's mail - Rahul Bin­dra, Ban­ga­lore, In­dia

The re­cently-con­cluded Cricket World Cup, not to men­tion In­dia’s win, was a much needed breather for the other­wise tur­moil­rid­den South Asian re­gion. It was a plea­sure watch- ing and cheer­ing our teams mak­ing their way through the rounds and find­ing slots in the quar­ter-fi­nals and semi-fi­nals, by beat­ing some of the strong­est con­tenders. Equally ex­hil­a­rat­ing was to watch two Asian cricket gi­ants fight each other in the fi­nals. Both In­dia and Sri Lanka were a tremen­dous match, where af­ter a nail­bit­ing game, In­dia emerged as the new Cricket World Cup cham­pion. The event was mem­o­rable in many ways. Co-hosted by Sri Lanka, In­dia and Bangladesh, it brought cricket fever to ev­ery city and town across the re­gion, boost­ing tourism and serv­ing as a rem­edy to their other­wise strug­gling im­ages in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. Sim­i­larly, the semi-fi­nal in Mo­hali turned into a wel­come show­case for the fledg­ling peace process be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan. The first In­di­aPak­istan match played in the sub­con­ti­nent since the Mum­bai at­tacks af­forded an op­por­tu­nity for the Prime Min­is­ters of both na­tions to meet and talk on a broad range of is­sues. So, while In­dia cel­e­brates its win, let us hope that the Mo­hali spirit pro­duces a long and re­ward­ing in­nings of peace and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two squab­bling neigh­bors.

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