The charm of Test cricket returning to Pakistan after a decade was spoiled a bit as rain forced the game to yield a draw. However, the fans got to see the special centuries of Abid Ali and Babar Azam on the final day of the Rawalpindi Test.
From Sri Lanka, it was the majestic century of the all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva which rescued the Islanders from a precarious position and made headlines. Not only that, a heart-melting reply of the 28-year old cricketer to a journalist’s question thoroughly entertained the Pakistani fans.
In the presser after the game, a journalist inquired about the winner of the game, while giving him three options: Rain, Public or Cricket? Thinking out of the box, the Colombo born said it was Pakistan who won. His words were echoed in the way Pakistanis celebrated the resumption of the purest format of the game. The reply was well received by fans and they vowed to play the role of a gracious host as the focus now moves towards the red-ball game in Karachi.