SRINAGAR: Kashmir erupted in jubilance after West Indies defeated India in the second semi-final of the ICC World T20 at Wankhede in Mumbai on Thursday.
Hundreds of people in different parts of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, took to streets to celebrate India’s defeat. People were seen dancing, singing , exchanging sweets and bursting firecrackers.
“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.
Echoing similar views, Javed Magray from the old city, said,“It would have been good had Pakistan made it to the finals. But still we are happy with the result after yesterday’s match.”
Meanwhile, the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter too were flooded with posts and pictures celebrating India’s defeat and some of them posting photos from different parts of the city bursting crackers, hugging each other, dancing and chanting slogans.
One of the posts on Facebook read, “We can celebrate your defeat even if you lose to West Indies, you gave us some joyful moments, so we love you.”
Expressing their anger against India, another post on a social networking side read: “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.”
“Celebrations in Kashmir after India’s defeat against West Indies…dazz dazzz dazzz dazzz !!!! wrote one of the users on micro-blogging site twitter.
Such scenes are often witnessed in the valley whenever India faces 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 even said that the support was so good it felt as if they are playing in their own country.
“Every hit by the West Indian side or every Indian wicket lead to the huge cheers from the Kashmiris. They even waved Pakistani flags in the stadium in order to show their anger against India,” recalls Nazir Ahmad, an elderly resident of Bemina.