Updated: August 1, 2020 7:44:43 pm
With pleasure reaching the height forward of India vs Pakistan semifinal conflict on the 2011 World Cup, it was Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar who proved useful to Ashish Nehra when he was on the lookout for some additional tickets.
In a current podcast on Wisen’s ‘The Greatest Rivalry,’ Nehra revealed that with tickets bought out and other people coming from all corners of the world to observe the thrilling conflict, he turned to his Pakistan counterparts to bag just a few additional tickets.
“Two-three days before that match, nobody knew that India and Pakistan would meet in the semifinals,” Nehra stated. “Everything happened very quickly, in 72 hours, everyone came to know that Pakistan is facing India in World Cup semifinals. And I have not seen anything like that. There were not too many five-star hotels in Chandigarh, there was one Mount View hotel and teams were staying in Taj. And I had seen people coming from America or England, you just name it, and they didn’t have tickets.”
It turned out to be Nehra’s last ODI match and he managed to assert 2/33, serving to India attain the ultimate by beating Pakistan by 29 runs. “With the Pakistan delegation coming and a lot of tourists, who were staying in the Mount View hotel, left their rooms to go out and when they come back in the evening, their luggage was packed and kept outside their rooms and the hotel management told them that you have been checked out of the hotel, the money has been transferred back to your account … because the whole hotel has been taken by Mr [Yousaf Raza] Gillani and his team. I still remember India selector at the time, Kris Srikkanth, entering the Taj hotel in Chandigarh and there were no rooms for him,” stated Nehra.
Hoping to safe tickets for his family and friends so they might watch him characteristic within the 50-over format for one final time, Nehra requested Afridi for 2 tickets and as a substitute acquired 4 from the Pakistan camp. “Great game for India, pressure game, electric atmosphere as always but the amazing thing was that people were standing outside the hotel and they didn’t even have tickets,” Nehra stated, remembering the day.
“I was the lucky one, to be very honest, because I got a few extra tickets from the Pakistan camp. I told Shahid Afridi that I need two tickets, sort it out. Then I got two tickets from him and two tickets from Shoaib Akhtar. Waqar Younis was the coach, so maybe, out of the 30 players, I had the most number of tickets.”
It was the fifth World Cup assembly between the 2 nations and India again then stretched their report to 5-0, which at present stands at 8-0.
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