The whole country was in a mood to celebrate India’s great triumph against Pakistan in the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 opener in Adelaide but for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team, the “Mission Defence” has just started and there is no time to celebrate.
Although the Indian crowd who had moved in Adelaide celebrated late into the night at the heart of city center, the players wanted to get away from all the wild behaviour and hoopla.
An official member of the Indian support staff after reaching Melbourne today was quoted saying: “It’s only the first match against Pakistan. Everyone is happy that we have won the match but why do we need to celebrate one victory? Have we won the World Cup? There were absolutely no celebrations. The cricketers were tired after a gruelling match and they needed a lot of rest. Everyone just retired to their rooms.
The Indian team had a morning flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. We were here for the last fortnight and everyone had to do their packing and all after the match and also needed a good night’s sleep. We came by a Qantas flight and the players will get a couple of days rest before they again hit the straps.”
Team Director Ravi Shastri and Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs a calm environment but simultaneously do not want the engrossment level of a young team to repudiation.
The general idea in the Indian team is that they can take some rest from the match but there is no cause to pleasure as the next rival are Proteas led by the dynamic AB de Villiers and a bowling attack led by ‘Steyn-gun’ Dale Steyn.
There was no such obligation for the Indian fans as there was huge party at Adelaide’s Hindley Street where they all enjoyed till midnight.
Adarsh, a student said as he took liberal drinks from his famous Aussie beer. On Monday he does not mind bunking office as he will only reach Melbourne in the evening.
There were a huge Indian crowd with ‘dholaks’ at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Adelaide where the team was staying and the players were too tired to cherish the moments as they quickly left the lobby and vanished into the elevators.