IND vs PAK: Thousands of people sing Indian National Anthem in sync before Pakistan encounter
Team India defeated Pakistan in an exciting encounter on Sunday at the MCG in Australia in what was the two sides' campaign opener at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. To assist his team win the tense match, Virat Kohli produced an unbeaten knock of 82 runs off just 53 balls, writing history in the process.
The Indian players have always spoken about how they feel when the national anthem plays ahead of the match. It gives them goosebumps, and thousands of Indians singing it along with them makes it even more special for them. The emotion was visible on Rohit Sharma’s face when India’s national anthem was played during the opening match of the World Cup as the Indian skipper could not control his tears.
The moment was surreal, and a breathtaking video of tens of thousands of spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) singing the Indian national hymn "Jana Gana Mana" in unison went viral online. The Mumbai Police shared a video of the spectacular moment and captioned it saying: "The country and anthem we all rise up for. #JaiHind #TeamIndia #IndVSPak2022".
The national anthem verse was sung by Indian supporters out of the 90293 people in the crowd who had gathered for the encounter between the arch-rivals while they waved the Indian flag proudly.
Speaking of how the game panned out, India won the toss and put Pakistan to bat first. Thanks to Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh, who picked up three wickets each, Pakistan batters could manage to post 159 runs on the scoreboard, thereby setting a target of 160 runs for the Men in Blue to chase in the high-pressure game.
India’s chase started terribly as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were dismissed cheaply very early in the innings, and Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal added to India’s misery. Then, the 113-run stand between Virat Kohli and Pandya anchored the innings and kept India’s hopes alive in the game.
Pandya was dismissed in the final over off the very first delivery, but Kohli kept his calm under pressure. A lot of drama unfolded in the final few deliveries, which saw Virat Kohli hitting a six, Mohammad Nawaz bowling a no-ball, India getting three byes off the free-hit, Dinesh Karthik being stumped out, and finally, Ravichandran Ashwin scoring the winning runs for India on the ultimate ball of the game which saw the Men in Blue winning the encounter by four wickets.