Mickey Arthur Expresses Displeasure Over the Atmosphere at the India-Pakistan ICC World Cup Match

by: Atika Mehboob TN Sports News Pakistan:
Pakistan’s team director, Mickey Arthur, voiced his concerns regarding the ambiance during the India vs Pakistan ICC World Cup encounter at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Specifically, he criticized the choice of songs played throughout the match.

“It felt less like an ICC event and more like a bilateral series or a BCCI affair. I missed hearing ‘Dil, Dil Pakistan’ during the game,” he remarked post-match.

The contest saw a significant disparity in the stands. Despite the stadium’s massive capacity of over 130,000, nearly all attendees donned the blue of India, creating an intense and somewhat one-sided atmosphere. The situation was exacerbated by the delay in visa issuance to Pakistani fans and journalists, making the ambiance even more daunting for a visiting team that hasn’t played in India for a prolonged period.

In Saturday’s match, India showcased their prowess and obliterated Pakistan, winning comfortably by seven wickets. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma, was the standout performer, scoring an impressive 86 off just 63 balls. This allowed India to chase down a relatively humble target of 192 with a substantial 19.3 overs to spare.

In addition to Rohit Sharma’s stellar performance, bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj exhibited top-notch skills, ensuring a comprehensive Indian victory. Overall, the contest proved to be one of the most one-sided World Cup encounters between these fierce cricketing rivals.