Pakistan put on an inspiring show against India in their T20 World Cup fixture in Dubai on Sunday. For a team that had never beaten India in a World Cup match before, a dominant 10-wicket win over their arch-rivals is a huge monkey off the back. From the larger sense, Pakistan's win has even reignited the missing spark in the India-Pakistan rivalry as in recent years it had all been about the Indian team especially in World Cups.
For fans in Pakistan, though this was a sweet fruit which they had been waiting for the past three decades and once it finally came, a few shed some tears of joy. Among several others was father of the Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam. As his son became the first Pakistan skipper to lead his team to a win over India in a World Cup fixture, Babar's father was visibly overwhelmed with emotions.
He received congratulatory hugs as Pakistan completed a 10-wicket win even as some of the fans were seen chanting "Mauka Mauka" - the very mantra which had been used to mock them for several years due to their losing streak against India.
Check out the video of Babar Azam's father here:
"The win today cannot be attributed to any one individual performance. We won as a team today. We should not deviate from this at all, even in future games. It is just a start now. Do enjoy the win, but don’t get over-excited," Babar could be seen saying in team's dressing room.
"We have matches ahead, so we need to be prepared and focused. Today’s victory is in the past now, it was great, and we will all enjoy it together, but our main focus should be winning the World Cup. We will not relax till then, and we have to give our 100%," he added.
Pakistan will now play New Zealand in their next match on October 26. If they manage to beat the Kiwis in this game, they would have more or less sealed a place in the semifinals with relatively easier matches coming in their way ahead.