SRINAGAR: It is no secret that India and West Indies players have developed a wonderful equation for each other after playing together for several years in IPL teams.
While Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli share good time in RCB dressing room, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo have a warm equation at CSK.
After India’s shock defeat at the hands of Windies, Kashmir erupted in joy. People took to streets, danced and fired crackers to celebrate the India’s knock out.
Kashmir Reader’s Tashafi Nazir reviews how Kashmir’s local newspapers covered West Indies win on Thursday.
“WEST INDIES MAKE FINAL IN BLAZE OF BOUNDARIES”, was the headline of this newspaper. The newspaper focused on astonishing batting by the West Indians and how the whole team effort made the favourites to be knocked out from lifting the title for the second time.
The newspaper did not cover anything at all about the crucial semi-final between India and West Indies. The sports page instead focused on Shahid Afridi who had offered a video apology after World T20 debacle as its lead news. Kashmir Monitor too had blacked out the news.
The headline was same as that of Kashmir Observer. It also focused on how Simmons guided their team to beat the favourite Indians comprehensively in the crucial semi-finals.
Greater Kashmir focused more on defeat of India than West Indies win with the headline, “Heartbreak for India as West Indies win Thriller”. The newspaper also focused on two balls that cost India berth in the finals. The lay-out, however, was much better.
“BEST INDIES” was what the headline read. The headline speaks for itself. The newspapers highlighted how West Indies emerged as the best team in the semi-finals against India. How late replacement Lendi Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and lead his team to a nail biting seven wicket win. Moreover, the newspaper also mentioned West Indian Women team win who also entered the finals of ICC T20, therefore BEST INDIES.
No doubt India had plans for Gayle Storm but Simmons was out of syllabus. Also some Indian fans were seen chanting “Simmons go back”.