Here's something I hope perennially: that cricket -- and sport in general -- will one day be freed from the clammy clutches of both politics and religion. I also realize sadly that it is a futile hope. Shoaib, you led your team with grace and verve. Why the false note?
And with that, I'm outta here.
Postscript: I would like to mention here that my good friends the Mahidharas were at the game, having emailed many of us prior to it to urge us to watch for their waves. And indeed, I caught sight of them: dressed in military fatigue trousers and Reliance Mobile bustiers, black bandannas on their heads, dancing on what looked like a stage below the stands. Go Mahidharas!