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Cricket, Compassion, and Challenges: Afghanistan’s World Cup Journey

Almost every time Afghanistan gets onto a sporting pitch, a bleak socio-political backdrop is present.

Almost every time Afghanistan steps out to play on a sporting field, there is a context of a gloomy socio-political background. 

Additionally, their neighbor is grappling with the aftermath of one of the deadliest earthquakes. Some of the photos of the calamity are extremely depressing. 

It’s a wonder how the Afghanistan cricket team manages to concentrate on their game during the ongoing ICC World Cup.

The Pitch and the Crowd in Chennai:

India started well in Chennai. The pitch there tested the patience and skills of batsmen, creating a low-scoring contest. 

It was precisely what the author believes is essential for the 50-over format. Good, balanced pitches that offer a proper contest between bat and ball.

Rahul and Kohli’s Performance:

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli batted exceptionally well in Chennai. The author was particularly impressed by Rahul’s decisive footwork and elegant off-side strokes. 

Kohli absorbed the pressure and played a pivotal role in reviving the Indian innings after early wickets fell.

Australia’s Aggression and Fielding:

Australian aggression and fielding contributed additional runs to the original target. With his determination and meticulous shot selection, Kohli led the Indian team’s fightback. 

The game of cricket can test players under various circumstances, and this match challenged Rahul and Kohli in different ways.

The Influence of Tragedy on Sports:

The author reflects on the impact of tragedy on sports, recalling the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008 when they were part of the Indian cricket team. 

Despite the shocking images on the news, the team had to focus on the game. The author doesn’t believe cricket or any form of entertainment can heal but acknowledges that it can temporarily distract those affected.

Rashid Khan’s Generosity:

Rashid Khan’s gesture of donating his entire World Cup match fees for earthquake victims is commendable. 

The author desires to see more compassion from the cricketing fraternity and mentions that financial aid would have been appreciated. 

The absence of a customary minute’s silence or teams wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for earthquake victims disappoints the author. 

In contrast, they recall Indian and Australian teams observing such traditions during the World Test Championships final earlier that year, paying homage to train accident victims.

The Call for a Mark of Respect:

The author hopes the Indian team would consider wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for the earthquake victims, emphasizing the importance of showing compassion and solidarity in times of tragedy.

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