MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Funny thing – Father’s Day currently coincides with some large sporting events. It’s a fourth turn of a U.S. Open in golf. There’s copiousness of ball being played around a country. Lots of people will be examination and cheering. But for perfect numbers, not to discuss drama, nothing of this compares to this morning’s cricket compare between arch rivals India and Pakistan in a finals of a ICC Champions Trophy. Just ask Osman Samiuddin, comparison editor of ESPNCricinfo.
OSMAN SAMIUDDIN: It’s formidable to report a kind of emotions.
MARTIN: The countries frequency ever play opposite any other given of domestic tensions, and when they do, emotions run high. And a numbers are mind boggling. For instance, about 110 million people watched a Super Bowl this year. This morning’s compare played in London?
SAMIUDDIN: Four-hundred-and-fifty to 500 million people examination it around a universe on TV – that is kind of legally examination it. It’s not only a sport. It’s not only a religion. we consider it’s turn a compulsion. In Urdu, we say, we know, it’s a majboori, something that we can’t avoid. You have to cricket.
MARTIN: Indian cricket players are a superstars of a game, as famous as Bollywood stars behind home, blurb mainstays around a universe and, oh, yeah, they win – a lot. Pakistani fans are used to examination their group on TV though for opposite reasons.
SAMIUDDIN: They haven’t played any cricket during home in Pakistan given 2009. It’s been over 8 years now. And that was when a militant conflict on a visiting group from Sri Lanka, they harm some players there. And that kind of finished general cricket being played in Pakistan.
MARTIN: Coming into a tournament, Pakistan was a lowest-ranked group in a field. To make things worse, they got beaten by their aged rivals, India, in a initial diversion of a event. But afterwards Pakistan started winning and winning and winning. They kick universe series one South Africa to stay alive and England, a hosts and contest favorite, in a semifinals. And then, this morning, Pakistan finished a Cinderella story with a blowout feat against, yes, India.
SAMIUDDIN: For it to occur in a approach that it did in this tournament, it is one of a many critical achievements in all of cricket.
MARTIN: And now they party.
SAMIUDDIN: Been examination reports from Pakistan about people celebrating on a streets. There will be celebrations that will go on for a satisfactory few days yet. There’s Eid, that is a finish of Ramadan this week. And we consider people will only applaud all a approach by now.
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