Lahore lays on charm for bat and ball in World X series
LAHORE is home to the cliche. It has long been known as the cultural and culinary capital of Pakistan, though the cultural industries have migrated to Karachi and the reputation for food is probably earned because of the considerable appetites of Lahoris rather than the quality of their food.
But on nights like the one on Wednesday it is hard to resist the charm of this glorious city.
Unlike the first T20 of the Independence Cup between Pakistan and the World XI, the crowd for this second match was fitting for the occasion. Loud and boisterous throughout, they brought this series to life.
Much like when Zimbabwe visited in 2015, the fans would scream out the names of whoever was fielding on the boundary. But the loudest cheers on the night came Hashim Amla’s way.
But Amla made his presence felt beyond just the crowd’s appreciation. Arguably the best player in the World XI side, he showed his class straight from the start of his innings and stayed till the end as his team mopped up the chase.
In those moments of good cricket, there was the promise of what this series can achieve. For all the expansive narratives associated with this series, watching Amla was a reminder of the simple pleasures that the game provides. – TOI