India handed a massive defeat to Pakistan in their highly awaited clash on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester. This was India's third victory in the tournament, following consecutive wins over South Africa and Australia. The game against New Zealand was hit by rain, leading the match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. The Indian team enjoyed wholesome support from fans as their against Pakistan as their opposition enjoyed a lesser show of support comparatively.
Former Australian skipper Micheal Clarke and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly were the commentary box when the former pointed out that there was a sea of blue against a bleak show of green, indicating a large number of Indian supporters who had outnumbered the Pakistani fans in the stadium. Responding to Clarke's cheeky comment, Ganguly said that it might be so because the tickets are way too expensive.
Michael Clarke who was in the commentary box with 'Dada' asked him, "All I see is blue T-Shirts and Indian flags all around the stands and not much green colour".Ganguly was quick to respond saying, "Yeah! Costly tickets may be"
Netizens loved Dada's response to Clarke, with many heaping praises on him for a witty comeback, whereas, others termed it as a savage response. Here are some of the replies:
#INDvPAK - During commentary— Arth Vaishnav •EF• (@ArthVaishnav) June 16, 2019
Michael Clarke - I see too many Blue T-Shirts & Indian Flags, and not so Green (in reference to big Pakistani Diaspora living in Manchester) !
Saurav Ganguly - Yeah, Costly Tickets Maybe!
Ultimate, Truly Savage! 🤣😎#SouravGanguly#CWC19
#INDvsPAK#SouravGanguly#IndiaVsPakistanpic.twitter.com/klQ6F8RCkG— Abhishek Anand (@PiyushPandey190) June 16, 2019
Fans expressed their admiration for Ganguly's commentary and his humble and witty tone. Read the reactions of netizens here:
@SGanguly99 Sourav Ganguly went through the list of players who had scored 11,000 runs when Kohli got there, mentioned Tendulkar and Ponting and quietly passed over his own name. Class! Dada for a reason. 😎#INDvPAK#CWC2019#SouravGanguly#DadaKaVaadapic.twitter.com/JTz6ZuBoyv— Ashin Krishnan (@555ashin) June 16, 2019
"Rain rain go away, India will win anyway" - Sourav Ganguly.— Mitesh Mishra (@MiteshM90670712) June 17, 2019
I love the way Sourav @SGanguly99 went through the list of players who had scored 11,000 runs when Kohli got there, mentioned Tendulkar and Ponting and quietly passed over his own name. Class!— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) June 16, 2019
India had set a target of 337 for Pakistan, with Rohit Sharma(140) leading from the front with the bat alongside KL Rahul(57) and skipper Virat Kohli(77) and the bowlers performing exceptionally well as Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Vijay Shankar grabbed two wickets each. Pakistan failed to chase the target, as they struggled with their batting.
Even an interference from the rains couldn't turn the tables for Pakistan as they lost the match by 89 runs.
While already losing Shikhar Dhawan to a thumb fracture that will see him sit out for two more weeks, India also has additional trouble to deal with after Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's hamstring niggle that saw him bow out after bowling just 2.4 overs.
India faces Afghanistan next on June 22 at Rose Bowl stadium, Southampton.