Predictably, people had a lot of feelings during the match.
About the match commentators:
And the rain:
In the midst of all this, fans did not miss the conspicuous presence of former cricketer, now BJP politician, Gautam Gambhir in the commentary panel for Star Sports.
If you’re wondering why Gambhir’s presence drew particular notice, allow us to take you back a few months, riiiiiggght before the Lok Sabha elections,
Back in March, Gambhir had some, pardon the pun, very gambhir feelings about India playing Pakistan in the World Cup.
The former cricketer brought up the Pulwama terror attack as an argument against this. Speaking to Sportstar, he said, “Either you don’t play them anywhere or open doors for them. What happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable. I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in World Cup but they are not playing in bilaterals. The best they can do is to stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe”.
What are you doing commentating on and getting paid for a match you opposed?
Twitter was quick to point out the Delhi MP’s hypocrisy.
Some saw it as the mark of a true politician.
It was not all fun and games, though. People pulled up Gambhir for using nationalism for personal gain.
Now they want answers and they are tweeting questions right at him.
The Parliament’s first session after the Lok Sabha elections begins on Monday.