Ashes in grave danger from Indo-Pak tie: English, Aussie fans

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) The hype created by Indo-Pak rivalry has certainly overshadowed the legend of Ashes, with fans from Australia and England flowing in to witness the sub-continent arch-rivals in action.

Dressed in 'Batman' and 'Superman' attires, two friends Wayne and Matt have flown all the way from Tokyo, where they are presently based, to watch the ongoing first Test between India and Pakistan in New Delhi.

''We live in Tokyo and especially came here to watch the India and Pakistan encounter, which is now considered equivalent to the Ashes,'' said Wayne, an Englishman from London who was in 'Batman' clothes.

''We both love watching cricket very much,'' quickly asserted the Aussie , Matt, who was the superhero 'Superman' present in Feroz Shah Kotla.

Interestingly, the two superheroes' comments once again reignited the debate fueled by Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson just before the start of the ongoing series, when he described the high voltage Indo-Pak clash as ''bigger than the Ashes.'' When asked who they were rooting for in sub-continent giants war, both of them echoed together and replied, ''Undoubtedly India will win. Apart from the entire nation, they got the backing of two superheroes in us.'' Like any other cricket lover, both 'Batman' and 'Superman' are also big fan of the Indian 'Little Master' when they said they are specially waiting to see Sachin Tendulkar in action.

''We both are looking forward to watch Sachin's batting. We are big fans of the Little Master,'' they told UNI. But in the 22nd over of the Indian innings, Pakistan shed water on their hopes and expectations, along with thousands of spectators present in the ground today, when Sachin was caught napping on one by Mohammad Yousuf, trying for a non-existent two.

''Damm!!! We didn't expect this. We came all the way from Tokyo to watch him (Sachin) bat. It was really disappointing,'' both the superheroes, who were the cynosure of the lensmen in the stadium, said together.

''But the second innings is still there and we expect him (Sachin) to come out all guns blazing,'' they added.


Story first published: Friday, November 23, 2007, 18:26 [IST]
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