After three days of murky weather allowed only a handful of overs to be delivered in the historic Rawalpindi Test, the home crowd was greeted to a run-fest from the Pakistani batsmen on the final day of the contest. While the match ended in a drab draw with both teams receiving an equal share of points in the World Test Championship, the raucous crowd on the final day of Pakistan’s Test homecoming made the occasion unforgettable.
Pakistan has been deprived of Test cricket on home soil since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. With rain and bad light spoiling the party on the first four days, the Rawalpindi fans were roused with stunning tons from Babar Azam and Abid Ali as they passionately cheered every run scored.
Impressed with the loud vocal support generated by the crowd, Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva praised the reception the tourists received in Pakistan. Dhananjaya also emphasized he had never seen such a zealous group of fans in a Test match. "I've never seen such a crowd ever in a Test match,” he said.