Misbah, in stark contrast to his stoic, phlegmatic demeanor, shed copious tears after Virat poignantly reminded him of his ammi with his blistering knock. “Virat ka shukriya aada karna hai, yaar. Take me to the Indian dressing room please,” the Pakistan skipper was heard saying. “I must also thank Dinda ji and Indian bowlers for letting us score 329 and setting it up nicely for Virat so that we could all celebrate Mothers Day,” he added before crooning soulfully “Kohli ke peeche kya hai, kohli ke peeche?” Afridi was about to answer the question but was stopped in the nick of time by Ajmal.
Kohli had of course celebrated Mothers Day in his inimitable fashion after reaching three figures, by pumping his feast in the air and uttering some words of wisdom.
Indian skipper, Dhoni, was also all praise for the Delhi lad for showing maturity in giving him the opportunity for finish the match with a boundary. “Well, of course, it was very sweet of him to have set it up nicely for Raina and me to finish it in style unlike in Hobart where he finished it himself. He’s mentally maturing with every match,” said Dhoni. When queried if he was a trifle disappointed that he couldn’t take it to the last ball for a more exciting finish, Dhoni smiled and said “Yaar, that kind of pressure would have been too much for even me to handle given this was a Indo-Pak match, not another of those boring matches against Sri Lanka.”
Now, the focus shifts to whether Sri Lanka manages to beat Bangladesh so that India can get into the finals. Sri Lanka had earlier played spoilsport in the CBS series by defeating Australia in the last league match and edging out India from the championship. BCCI has sternly warned the Sri Lankan cricket board that they will definitely buy them out and replace Sri Lanka with Burma if the Sri Lankan team shadily loses to Bangladesh.