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India-Pak semi — a national holiday?

entertainment Updated: Mar 26, 2011 00:28 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Offices may as well declare Wednesday a holiday, because a lot of people are going to be calling in sick. Seconds after it became official that India will play Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final, cyberspace was flooded with jokes along these lines.

“The govt should declare Wednesday a national holiday,” wrote Gautam Verma on Facebook. “Now comes the real final — Bharat Bandh,” wrote Ankush Wohra. “Appeal to employers: Holiday on semi-final day!” wrote Aamir. Varuni Khosla has a different worry. “Who will Sania Mirza support?” she asks.

Pakistani fans, too, are having fun. “Now, India will have to drink tea in saucers, as Pakistan will take the cup away,” wrote Ali Imran.

Yuvi’s special one?
On Thursday night, after winning the Man of the Match award against Australia, cricketer Yuvraj Singh said, “I am playing this tournament for a special person. That person always comes into my mind when I am in a ‘pressure situation’.” Speculation is rife that it may well be reported ex-girlfriend VJ Anusha Dandekar, who was at the stadium and has been seen with Yuvi a lot lately. Some say it could even be Sachin Tendulkar. Yuvi says he’ll tell all if India wins the World Cup.