Six months ago – to the day – India, played its last game at the World Cup. Two days before that and a few hours after finding out about the death of their coach, Pakistan had played its last match at the World cup as well. Two great cricket superpowers brought to their sporting knees.
All seemed lost. A generation of greats had their dreams of a World cup win gone forever and they were photographed, those photographs that captured their broken dreams and somewhere a fear that we would now put them to trial for losing.
Tomorrow, India will play Pakistan in the finals of the Twenty20 World Cup. So much has changed in six months. So much has happened this past week. A new generation of cricketers have come to the fore. A new form of the game has caught the World’s imagination. The superpowers have turned to youth and at various times have looked unbeatable and tomorrow, they meet again.
Someone will lose a sporting contest. It will not change the fact that yesterday’s gone. Like it always does.