Stand up and take a bow

First Andrew Miller, who was following the English team’s Pakistan tour, raved about the atmosphere at Karachi’s National Stadium. Now Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, who is following the Indian team has this to write about Karachi.

Unlike the packed house at Faisalabad, the National Stadium in Karachi is just around half full. Yet one sensed a more intense atmosphere within the stadium, with the noise adding to the ambience. Bottles, one realised, also played a vital part.

Through the day it was impossible to miss the rhythmic beating of plastic bottles on the chairs, providing a beat for the on-field events. It would usually begin in one stand, gather momentum within that enclosure and gradually spread through the stadium. It happens in most big venues but the National Stadium somehow appeared to have an amplified accoustic effect.

A jarring noise lent vibrancy to the action, a noise mixed with plastic-crunching mixed with anticipation mixed with ecstacy. There was hardly a moment of silence through the day – unlike at Faisalabad when Indian boundaries and wickets were acknowledged with a hush.

A stream of expectation flowed across the stadium when Pathan was on a hat-trick (it was surprising to hear a slow clapping precede the delivery) and one could feel the palpable gasp when Tendulkar received a clattering blow to his helmet.

There may have been several hoarse throats at the end of it all, but after such a day of cricket who will ever complain?

I had a big smile just reading this and can’t wait for the ODI because that is when the atmosphere is really charging. Imagine the atmosphere if the match in Karachi will become the series decider. Do check out more of Siddhartha Vaidyanathan Tour Diaries at

7 Comments so far

  1. FFK (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    So you want Pakistan to lose a couple of matches to India just so the match in Karachi can be the series decider? Pakistan should win every match.

  2. Adnan Iqbal (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    I am a karachite living in london for the last ten years who misses karachi everyday, Your website has made so very happy that i cant explain. thank you very much and keep it up

    kind regards

  3. aLI (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

    hI Adnan

    same for me i am livin in London for last 3 days and just cant wait to sort everything out and leave.

    This website is really awesome ..

    Thanks for all to give such news ..

  4. Asouza (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

    Well obviously the atmosphere in Faisalabad won’t compare to that of Karachi especially when Faisalabad can barely hold 15,000 fans!

    I was overall happy with the fan support considering the first two tests were confirm draws after the 1st day.

    I don’t really see a difference in the fan support between Karachi and Lahore; the only difference I saw was the number of famalies attending..whereas in Lahore you had more students and young unmarried men screaming at the top of there lungs…lol

  5. Noman (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

    And how could you forget his that blog entry at same site where he quoted Bina Shah saying Karachites as greedy , selfish blah clah dlah :-)

  6. Saadie (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    yea Noman not to forget the word “materialistic”

  7. FFK (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    So you want Pakistan to lose a couple of matches to India just so the match in Karachi can be the series decider? Pakistan should win every match.
    Posted by: FFK at February 3, 2006 02:30 PM


    Well, looks like the most boring match of all will take place in Karachi… see what happens when you boast this much?

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