SRINAGAR: Many parts of Kashmir Valley erupted in jubilation after West Indies defeated India in the second semi-final of the ICC World T20 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday night.
Hundreds of people in different parts of summer capital Srinagar came out on streets to chanting slogans and bursting fire-crackers. People were even seen dancing, singing and exchanging sweets.
“It was a great victory for West Indies against India. Finally, this World Cup has given us something to cheer about,” said Ishfaq Ahmad of Qamarwari.
“It would have been brilliant if Pakistan had cruised through to set a place in the finals. But we are still happy over the result of Thursday’s match,” Javed Magray, a youngster from old Srinagar said.
Shortly after West Indians recorded the win to dislodge the defending champions from the tournament, the social networking sites like facebook and Twitter were flooded with posts and pictures. The netizens wrote messages on India’s defeat and posted photos from different parts of the city.
A facebook post read as, “We can celebrate your defeat even if you lose to West Indies; you gave us some joyful moments, so we love you.”
“As India faces defeat at the hands of West Indies, Srinagar air reverberates with Jeevy Jeevy Pakistan and they still beat the ‘Atoot Ang Drum,” read another post with political undertone.
“Celebrations in Kashmir after India’s defeat against West Indies…dazz dazzz dazzz dazzz !!!! read a twitter message.
Reports of jubilation poured in from other parts of the Valley also.
The residents in Kashmir, often seen as die-hard supporters of Pakistan cricket team, were dumbstruck after the humiliating defeat of their favourite team. Pakistan’s crushing defeat at the hands of India in Mohali left most of the cricket lovers disheartened and they avoided watching the subsequent matches. “The Indian defeat compensated for the wounds inflicted by the Pakistan’s series of defeats”, said Khurshid Ahmad, a resident of Jawahar Nagar.
He said scenes like yesterdays have been often witnessed in the valley whenever India faced a defeat in such big tournaments. In the year 1983, when India played against West Indies in Srinagar, the Indian team had to face a hostile crowd. Even after the post match presentation, the then captain of West Indian team Clive Lloyd had said that the support was so good that they felt as if they were playing in their own country.
“Every hit by the West Indian side or fall of every wicket from the Indian side evoked huge applause from the crowd. The spectators even waved Pakistani flags in the stadium to exhibit their anger against India,” recalls Nazir Ahmad, an elderly resident of Bemina.