The fairytale has a happy ending, after all. Pakistan defied the odds, battled adversities and adversaries to get to the World T20 final, and on Sunday, pipped Sri Lanka to the finish line with an eight-wicket win at Lord’s.
What this win means to the players, the people and country as a whole, can’t be stressed enough. Cricket in Pakistan has been dying a slow, painful death after the Lahore attack on the Sri Lanka team in March, and this win will provide a ray of hope in these otherwise bleak times in Pakistan.
It was hard to escape the bearing a win here would have on Pakistan in the build up to this game.
Skipper Younis Khan had been stressing on the responsibility his players had in bringing the title home. And his players looked up for it right from the first ball. After the match, the skipper, expectedly, ended his interview with the statement. “This is a gift from us to the nation. This one is for Pakistan.”
From the streets of Karachi to the badlands of the NWFP, Pakistan wanted this win, they wanted a reason to come together, forget the worries and the mindless violence. Younis Khan and his boys have given them just that.