Why I Love/Hate India v. Pakistan

by Devanshu Mehta

Hate.
  1. Jingoism masked as patriotism.
  2. Religious hatred masked as sporting rivalry.
  3. Patriotism masked as a love of sport.
  4. The poisonous “Zaheer Khan miyo chhe etle full toss naakhyo” (translated: “Zaheer Khan is Muslim, that’s why he bowled a full toss.”) I wonder if they say the same about Kaneria on the other side.
  5. If they win, Kashmir.
  6. If they lose, allege match-fixing, commence stone-throwing, effigy-burning.

In short, it’s just not cricket.

At the end of the guard changing ceremony at t...

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Love.

  1. Javed Miandad’s last ball six off Chetan Sharma.
  2. Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in an innings.
  3. Aamer Sohail bowled Venkatesh Prasad.
  4. Ajay Jadeja’s quick-fire 45.
  5. A 19 year-old Tendulkar and 33 year-old Kapil Dev on fire in Sydney.
  6. Aaqib Javed’s hat-trick of LBWs.

Ok, strike that last one. I hate that.

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