Across sport, India-Pakistan matches have always proven to be feisty affairs.
Bengaluru: It could all be summed up in one facile moment. The Indian physio and her team hurrying towards Muhammad Jamil who was on the floor.
The fall had looked innocuous enough initially sight but once the Pakistan captain didn’t rise up the opposition was elapsed as the true spirit off of the game took over.
Across sport, India-Pakistan matches have always proved to be feisty affairs.
There is a novel atmosphere that surrounds these ties. While there were masses of proof of that competitive spirit within the Blind T20 final still, there were many who proved that even with stakes as high because it was, there is always space for compassion and sporting gestures.
With half the stands of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium stuffed with fans aware of a distinct brand of cricket, India defended their T20 title with virtual ease. As relatively as a nine-wicket win sounds.
The usual overpowering and relentless noise from the group, which no doubt adds to the occasion, was restricted to sudden crescendos as these athletes showed that being otherwise abled is no excuse for not following one’s dreams.
A show of resilience and grit that invoked a feeling of motivation at a visceral level.
Everyone who walked out of that stadium on Sunday walked out with a little a lot of confidence. Therein lies the power of sport. Therein lies the motivation to be the best version of yourself on the field, which each set of groups showed in abundance.
And as for the final itself, Pakistan, who came into the match with confidence following their triumph over the hosts within the cluster stage, put up 197/9 in their assigned twenty overs whereas batting initial. But driven on by Prakash Jayaramaiah’s unconquered ninety-nine, the Indian team never looked troubled as they wrapped up the proceedings in eighteen overs with 9 wickets in hand. With the tournament reaching its conclusion, Pakistan’s Badar Munir was named Man of the Series for his 570-run effort.