Cricket has always united people; irrespective of caste, creed, gender, etc. The first world cup was played in June of 1975 in the home of cricket, England. There were no themes for world cup as such then but soon cricket evolved and so did everything alongside the sport.
Theme songs were bought into existence to enhance the impact of the tournament on the people. Something that had personal touch; something that made the adrenaline rush and opened the mind for creativity and more importantly vision.
The previous edition of the 50 over World Cup held in England was won by the hosts. Some ecstatic team-performances and individual greats made the World Cup even more memorable. The theme song released then by the International Cricket Council (ICC) was “Stand By” which featured LORYN and Rudimental. This year the world cup was to return in India; the most populous cricketing nation. The theme for this edition is “It only Takes One Day” and the the theme song is, ” Jashn Bole”
It truly takes only one day. Today’s clash between India and our neighbours Bangladesh was second to none in term of thrill, excitement and happiness. Indian bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 256/8 in their fourth game of the 2023 ODI World Cup in Pune. It had been an inning after getting a good start from Tanzid and Litton kept losing its way. While it looked like they would get to 300 with ease in the first phase of the game the Indian spinners had their say in the middle overs. The spinning wizards, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav trapped the Bangladeshi batsmen and spiralled their entire innings. In the end, Jasprit Bumrah was magnificent yet again with his death bowling. Though Rohit lost Hardik to an injury early this is still a top bowling effort from the Indians. Shardul Thakur when needed to deliver and he did. All in all, it is a below-par total from Bangladesh and the Indian side would be looking to chase it with ease and if dew comes in things will get even easier for the home side. Today was a peak exemplar of an all round performance. The fielding could not have been more immaculate from our side.
Two stunning catches caught by KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja shifted the momentum in our way.
Rohit and Shubhman got India to a flying start. Rohit fell just 2 runs short of his 50 and Shubhman completed his maiden world cup half-century. The match was overshadowed by Virat’s chasing brilliance. He remained not-out having scored 103 off 97 balls. The chase-master broke another one of his records, he had never scored a century while chasing until this clash. Bangladesh are very prominent for their unpredictability. In the last 5 ODIs (counting today’s match) India has won only 2 and the Bangladeshi tigers have roared in the remaining. Post match there was a “Jashn” going on as the crowd couldn’t control their exuberance and started to chant Vande Mataram. The clean striking intent and balance in the middle order has helped India a lot especially after facing numerous middle order collapses in the past half-a-decade.
The long “vision” seen after the 2019 world cup might be on the cliff of fructifying here. India has now never lost to Bangladesh in the world cup since the heart-breaker in 2007.