Today is the World Cup Cricket semi-final between India and Pakistan. About a billion people around the world will be less productive during the next 24 hours.
India has never won at Mohali against Pakistan. In return, Pakistan has never won against India in the World Cup. The winner will play Sri Lanka in the Finals.
The national fervor of cricket in South Asian countries is perhaps, the biggest critique of the word “post-colonial.” There’s nothing remotely post-colonial about adopting the colonizer’s passion past-time as the national sport of a new nation.
But maybe what is truly post-colonial is beating the colonizer at their own game.
Here’s to an all-South Asian World Cup Cricket Final.
Let the Battle of Mohali begin.
P.S. I bleed blue.
- Said, Bhabha and Post-Colonial Criticism (jgustar.wordpress.com)
- India and Pakistan’s Cricket Battle: Just What They Need (time.com)