Poshan
Home »  Blog »   »  Beautiful rain brings along some pain

Beautiful rain brings along some pain

The sight of the drifting rain would be a heavenly sight but not for cricket buffs who had made their way to the Kingsmead Cricket Ground to watch India make its debut in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament with a group D match against Scotland that would have helped it warm up for Friday’s contest wi

The sight of the drifting rain would be a heavenly sight but not for cricket buffs who had made their way to the Kingsmead Cricket Ground to watch India make its debut in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament with a group D match against Scotland that would have helped it warm up for Friday’s contest with Pakistan.


Viewed against the floodlight that lit up the ground on new moon night, the sight of rain moving like a mist -- carried away by the strong westerlies – was among the most beautiful I have experienced in my career as a cricket writer. There is finally a challenger for the memories of rain in the Kandyan hills during the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1993.


Then again, such beauty comes along with disappointment. India and Scotland would share two points from the game. It leaves India with the task of having to keep an eye on net run rate when it plays against Pakistan on Friday. In the one completed game in the group, Pakistan’s 51-run victory over Scotland gave the teams net run rates of +2.55 and -2.55 respectively.


Things did not look bleak when the teams reached the stadium for the evening match. Rain had stayed away from Durban the whole day but made its presence felt even as the side were warming up to complete the day’s programme. It was a day on which Bangladesh sent the West Indies home and Zimbabwe was unable to replicate its success from Wednesday night.


In fact, after one aborted attempt to get the toss going and a further delay, Scotland captain Ryan Watson won the toss and asked India to take first strike. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed that he was banking on the most experienced cricketers in the squad to make the 11. He left out Joginder Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan and Piyush Chawla.


Dhoni had not even completed his customary chat for TV when rain came down again and forced the ground staff to shield the pitch and the square with covers. The covers came off and on as rain kept playing games and tested the ground staff’s alacrity. The poor security personnel got a drenching as they stayed on the field, lest some adventurous fan sneak to the middle.


The cricket fraternity resumed a three-hour wait for play to begin at least five overs each but at 8-30 pm local time, the umpires Steve Davis and Simon Taufel had to throw their hands up and declare ICC World Twenty20’s maiden washout. And leave us in the press box to get nostalgic about the beauty that can spoil an evening’s entertainment.

This piece was first used on the official website of the tournament.
Subscribe to Outlook’s Newsletter

Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

THE LATEST ISSUE
CLICK IMAGE FOR CONTENTS


Online Casino Betway Banner
Advertisement