The much hyped India Pakistan one day series finally ended yesterday on the grounds of the famous Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in saddi Dilli. Although the match, pretty much looked one sided since the beginning where Pakistan was dominating. Thanks to the dramatic and almost untrue sequence of events that took place and soon the Indians were seen giving a hard time to the Pakistanis.
The series was hyped in both countries equally and more so since both the teams were facing each other on the pitch after five long years and for the first time after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. Some credit of the hype also goes to Mr. Miandad, who stunned the Indian audiences when he revealed his intention to come down all the way just to watch the match. While we were still recuperating from the shock which Mr. Miandad gave, the Indian government gave an even grave shocker by approving Miandad’s visa. Mr. Miandad for the uninitiating ones is an ‘in-law’ of the DON Dawood Ibrahim.
Albeit, this was not the first time the Feroz Shah Kotla ground has seen the Indian team marking a victory over Pakistan in an incredible manner. Remember the test match where Kumble took all ten wickets and the India came out victorious in just three days. This was only the second time this feat has been achieved in test cricket. The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is owned and operated by the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association) and since 2008 the stadium has been the home venue of saddi Dilli’s team the Delhi DareDevils.
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The Indian team has been most successful on this ground since its establishment and they have marked 10 test victories here not only that, it is also India’s most successful test ground where India posted seven successive Test victories from 1993-2007. Since the inception of Test matches on this ground, India has lost only 6 of 24 games played here. Anil Kumble, has been the most successful bowler in this ground and has taken 63 wickets from 11 games here. The most runs scored here are by Sachin Tendulkar (300 runs), followed by Mohammed Azharuddin (267 runs) and Ricky Ponting (245 runs). Kemar Roach, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar have taken 7 wickets each on this ground in ODIs.
Well, some say it was the ground, some say it was the team, some say it was the pressure, some say it was Dhoni and some say it was Miandad. But trust me, it is immaterial as to whomever or whatever it was, as long as the jinx breaks in saddi Dilli, I’ll be the happiest Dilliwalla.