The thrum of Vande Mataram. The beating of a giant heart during the ‘reviews.’ The roar of a 1000 drums. Aamir Khan gesturing victory to the crowd to the tune of, “Rubaru, roshni hai.” A Pakistani woman praying with her eyes closed. Harbhajan Singh invoking the Sikh Gurus. A commentator screaming, “Out..OUT..Yuvraj Singh may have put India on the road to Mumbai!”
The subtext of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi sitting with the crowd and she throwing up her hands in the air at the fall of the last wicket. And Shahid Afridi watching the dying gasps of the match with a sadness you could not help feeling for.