By Sumer Dayal
Watching the semi-final of India vs Pakistan was, as is usual with high profile Indian games, a laughable affair. Every man and his dog wants to be seen “caring”.
What should have been a decent game of Cricket became all about the politics. The Pakistani PM and Indian PM went about the useless “I look at you for 2 seconds” handshaking.
At the end, Sonia Gandhi was sitting in the drinks cart, anxious to be seen in an Indian victory. It reminded me of when India won the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup – they returned to every single politician grabbing them, wanting to be seen in the limelight, so much that you could barely see the cricketers (they sat behind the Pols at the ceremony).
Full credit to the Cricketers, who despite the entire climate created in the last week, stuck to their Cricket and played out a good competitive match. Although they won’t listen, I hope Politicians understand that we watch sport to escape politics and return to some humanity.
How about you enjoy it with us, and get your opportunistic hands off it.