In cricket, we often see players resort to sledging in order to bring each other down. But during the India-Pakistan Blind Cricket World Cup final in Sharjah, it were the fans who chanted abusive words which ultimately halted the match proceedings.
As confirmed by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq, the supporters who came to watch the match adhered to using foul language. It seemed the pressure of an India-Pakistan finals got the better of them.
This is what the Pakistani journalist tweeted from the ground:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 20, 2018
India, meanwhile, clinched their second Blind World Cup title by beating Pakistan in a cliffhanger by 2 wickets. Pakistan batted first and put on a healthy 307 runs in their allotted 40 overs. Badar Munir (57), Risayat Khan (48) and captain Nisar Ali (47) were the picks of the Pakistani batsmen.
In India’s innings, Sunil Ramesh blasted a scintillating 93 runs in 67 balls and skipper Ajay Reddy scored 62 in 60 balls as India beat the target with an over to spare to register their second Blind Cricket World Cup triumph. This is also India’s second consecutive World Cup win as they won it back in 2014 as well.
It is disappointing to see fans behave in such manner. India-Pakistan rivalries are epic and have always held a special place in the hearts of fans, but a sport needs to be valued at its merit and the matches need to be played with the sportsman spirit.