This World Cup, Hyderabad, a city steeped in history and traditions, is making a name for its unwavering love for cricket and its people’s ability to transcend borders and differences. The recent arrival of the Pakistan cricket team in India for the ODI World Cup was met with a heartfelt and passionate welcome from the people of Hyderabad.
As the team landed at the airport, the throngs of cricket enthusiasts broke into chants of “Babar, Babar,” for the side’s captain Babar Azam. For Babar and his team, it was an overwhelming display of love and warmth that transcended national boundaries.
Hyderabad has been home to the Pakistan cricket team since their arrival in India. With their two warm-up games, as well as the first-two World Cup matches scheduled in Hyderabad, the team almost made this city its temporary abode.
n the tournament so far, Pakistan remains undefeated, with impressive victories over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. Their match against Sri Lanka was particularly momentous, as they successfully chased down a target of 345, setting a new record for the highest run-chase in World Cup history.
The centuries scored by Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique were nothing short of spectacular, and it appears that the people of Hyderabad are enjoying every moment of Pakistan’s journey in the tournament so far.
While the general sentiments surrounding the India-Pakistan relations may not always be cordial, the crowd in Hyderabad has demonstrated a remarkable sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Despite the historical tensions between the two nations, the spectators in Hyderabad have held no hostility towards the Pakistani players.