Unfortunately, in recent years cricket has been defamed by “match-fixing”. It denigrated the prestige of many players and more importantly caused a decline in the popularity of cricket.
People lost attraction for the game. But it is such a favourite game of the people that within no time it regained its lost popularity. Everything was back on the track. Last winter, I along with one of my friends, went to see the final match of 20-20 between India and Pakistan at Eden Garden in Kolkata. The stadium was packed to its capacity with cricket fans. The match started with the toss winning by Indian Cricket Team.
Indian Team decided to bat first. India got a good start with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag giving it a strong position. But the team lost three wickets within only three over’s, which put Indian team into a difficult position. It once appeared that the match is going to end soon. But Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth did well to bring the team back to a good position. India ended the innings at 176.
The Pakistani team failed to give a good start. It lost its three wickets within ten over’s. But Shoaib Malik made a good score.
Then the middle order batsmen performed well which helped Pakistan to gain a challenging position. But due to tactful fielding and bowling of the Indian team, the Pakistani team could not save the match and their innings ended at 162 with all the batsmen out and eight balls to spare. Thus India won the trophy and Irfan Pathan was deservingly declared the ‘Man of the Match’. There were celebrations all around. It appeared that it was the occasion of some festivals. I went back home with the hilling memories of the memorable match.