Gora Gora Qabarustan – Pakistan Pakistan

english-bashing.jpgThump Thumpa-Thumpa Thump. The sound still resonates in my head even three hours after, this is the sound of an highly energetic crowd at the National Stadium banging empty plastic bottles on stadium chairs.

Pakistan in deed rocked the English in ball-busting Royal style upsetting the upbeat tempo of an Ashes victorious squad, the back-stabbing 165 run victory which can easily be referred to as an innings defeat in one-dayers. Being a true cricket passionate I joined the 33,000-odd strong crowd to witness this massive onslaught Live, I too was one of the active participants to this bottle bashing victory chant.

The 353 run first innings was the Royal flush handed to the English courtesy of not one batting magician but the truck load full of Pakistani batsmen, a blistering 108 by Kamran, an energetic 68 by Mohd Yousuf, a handsome beating by Bhallo (Inzamam), a quick fire 51 of Razzak and never to forget the short lived crowd mesmerizing adrenaline rush 31 by our very own Shahid Afridi. It was good to see everyone pitching into to give the English hiney a good thumping, the pace was so fast that even the scorers on the scoreboard found it difficult to keep up with the onslaught of runs.

Being an avid cricket fan, we made sure to reach the stadium about two hours ahead of the scheduled 11:00am tee off. Hosting a group of 20 or so spectators a few fanatics like myself were assigned to ‘hog’ duty where you squat on seats until the lazy bum (female clan and a few elders) shows up at 11:30 or so. The fine-art of seat squatting is not a mean feat and requires some carefully rehearsed tactics only achieved by maintaining a constant stern angry face hence discouraging any sort of possible interaction with any wanna-be squatters one should always be ready to pounce on any seat thief accusing him of squatting on your ticketed seat, when in fact you yourself are already in violation and your own seat is up somewhere in the north pole of the stadium. I assure you this is WAR

The sound system at the stadium was decent and kept us entertained by a number of songs of which the rhythmic World Cup song by Strings – ‘Hai Koi Hum Jaisa’ did mesmerizing tricks on the entire crowd on practically every sixer and every wicket celebrations of which we had too many.

The first few hours of the game saw a lot of screaming and chanting as the fresh vocal chords were ready for the job but 3-4 hours later and a few disposable bottles to spare, the yelling was replaced by the bottle bashing chanting which practically untied the to-the-brim full 33,000 strong karachites to one simple cause – PAKISTAN. A number of tunes were invented by the crowd, be it a shortly spaced THUMP THUMP THUMP or the quick triple beat Thump Thumpa-Thump. Whatever the beat the entire stadium joined along, for a moment step-back to appreciate and wonder how we could harness this simple show of unity, it has the potential to do wonders for Pakistan

All said I am very postive you are dying to ask me one last question – How was the freakin’ crowd? *Smirk* *Snicker* – not bad, not bad at all, the glittering glitterati of Karachi was there in full force, dressed for a sporting picnic but yet boldly to have a jaw-dropping affect on all gentlemen ever so attentively watching the game… Lets leave it at that…..


UPDATE: I aplogize to our readers but sadly I have only one image of the cricket match, my mistake I should have ensured more interesting pictures for us all to re-live the moments.

7 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    We will rock you!

  2. umar (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 11:19 pm

    great post… last time i went to the stadium was during 1996 world cup… the thumping resonated in my head for good 24 hours.

  3. sana (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 12:20 am

    i’m surprised there aren’t more posts about the match. i was hoping to see pictures of the wonderful crowd showing the world why we need to bring cricket back to karachi!

  4. Imran (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 12:33 am


    WE WANT PICTURES …………….of the stadium, the pitch, the kewl Karachite crowd … PICTURES …. lots and lots of them !!!!!!!!

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 1:17 am

    Imran & Sana – I apologize to not have any more pictures – my mistake – I have uploaded one lonely picture on my cell phone.

  6. Adnan (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 3:38 pm

    well the police diDnt allOW me to take my celL pHOne…….i had to keeP it in mY caR
    hoW come u were alLoweD

  7. Saadie (unregistered) on December 17th, 2005 @ 11:10 am

    :D lucky guy u r.

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