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Now, Indians love the DRS

india Updated: Mar 31, 2011 00:50 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Hindustan Times
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What the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been trying to achieve, albeit unsuccessfully, for almost three years, might have been accomplished during the two appeals against Sachin Tendulkar.

On the fourth delivery of the 10th over, bowled by Saeed Ajmal, the Mohali crowd went silent when the off-spinner's appeal was upheld by umpire Ian Gould.

Tendulkar asked for a referral, and when the verdict flashed on the giant screen, the celebration in the stands would have put a smile on the ICC officials' faces, who have been trying in vain to convince the BCCI on the DRS.

It was double joy for the home supporters when off the next ball, the TV umpire again ruled in Tendulkar's favour following a stumping appeal.

Not everyone is enthused
The buzz in the city has been about the semifinal. A loud roar erupted in the stadium as the India openers walked out to bat. Outside, a group of khali-clad policemen, seated on a table at the entrance of the pavilion building, chatted about everything else but cricket.

Asked why they did not share the excitement, one of them showed a sullen face.

"For us, the sooner the tamasha ends, the better. For the last four days, we have been here from early morning to late evening. The local administration or cricket association hasn't checked whether we got water or food.

"We wish they don't have another match here," he said, and was joined in chorus by his colleagues.

What's your take, Mr Minister?

Being a member of the Pakistan team is not easy. Ahead of the semifinal, their interior minister, Rehman Malik, had warned the players against indulging in match-fixing.

"I gave a warning that there should be no match-fixing. I am keeping a close watch. If any such thing happens, we are going to take action," Malik had told reporters in Karachi.

The minister was present at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday during the semifinal clash and one wonders what he would have to say as catches were regularly put down by Shahid Afridi's men and some boundaries were let through.