While the entire world's eyes were fixated at The Oval where Indian Cricket team were playing Pakistan, there was an entirely different India vs Pak game being played in the same city. Needless to say, yesterday was a disappointing day for us Indians, not only we lost a cricket match but also we lost a final. Not only we lost the final, we lost the final to Pakistan - out most bitter rivals and since then it has left us with a sour taste in our mouth along with a huge, tasty slice of humble pie.
Speaking of humble pie, India's humiliation of Pakistan in hockey demanded exactly that! India smashed Pakistan 7-1 creating a record in the process. So while it was a bad day for most of the Indians, hockey followers and fans aren't that sad though. Defeating Pakistan is always fun and when we do that 7-1, it deserves massive respect.
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Since the two nations were divided, sport found a way to transcend those barriers and even before cricket's meteoric rise to popularity, hockey was used as a barometer to judge the superiority. Indian hockey team of yesteryear, as good as they were, found it very difficult to trump the Pakistani counterparts but yesterday, Indian hockey team gave a statement of intent, a statement that suggested that the scale has finally tipped towards India.
The legendary volatility of Pakistan Cricket Team was on display again when they thumped India in the ICC Champions Trophy Finals, not even letting them score 200 runs while putting 338 on board. This is probably Pakistan's finest hour in cricket but coming to hockey, we saw a reversal of fortunes.
In 2003, India thumped Pakistan 7-4 in what was the biggest and the best victory over Pakistan until yesterday, when India broke that record.
India's 7-1 thumping saw them make a new record for the biggest margin of victory over Pakistan and it wasn't a win, it was a statement. Soon the congratulatory posts flooded in led by none another than Sachin Tendulkar.
Not only Sachin, many other celebrities congratulated the Indian Hockey Team too!
Well played Mr Vaughan, well played.