Another evening and another India game. Moments to go before India take first strike against New Zealand, and the traffic has come to a grinding halt in Dubai. Many spectators wearing Indian cricket team jerseys with tickets, huffed and puffed their way through the adjacent service road breaking fences, to not miss out on Indian batting fireworks. So many of them had paid the earth in the black market for a India-Pakistan ticket the previous weekend.
These hard core fans brings with them enormous energy. Kohli from his fielding position rallies the crowd on his side . In this T20 World Cup, their expectations have put pressure on Kohli. After losses in their first two games, tournament favorites India are on the brink of elimination.The points table would only give them a feeling of hopelessness. Even if they win all their remaining matches, Afghanistan is far ahead on net run-rate.On second we have New Zealand, only behind Pakistan with Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia to play.
Kohli and MS Dhoni took out some time to exchange notes with the Pakistan cricket team, After the Pakistan match. After the loss to New Zealand, the mood in the change room turned more dolent. After the game Kholi said that his team had tumble down all of his expectations.
This time team spirit is not a problem. Neither captain Kohli or head coach Ravi Shastri would have enjoyed Dhoni being parachuted days before the tournament to mentor the team, but they have publicly welcomed the move. But Ravi and Virat will be standing down from their respective roles after the World Cup.