Why Ahmedabad shouldn’t be criticised for not staying back to applaud Pat Cummins lift the World Cup

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It’s more than a week since the World Cup final in Ahmedabad, but Australia’s captain Pat Cummins can’t get over the stillness of the “sea of blue” when Virat Kohli walked back to the dressing room. On his return home, Cummins recalled the surreal moment when a jam-packed one lakh-plus capacity stadium had the “feel of a library”. Since that day, Ahmedabad’s quietude has been part of cricket’s animated conversations that hasn’t allowed the World Cup din to die. It has meant so much for so many.

For Cummins, it’s the blissful tranquility of reaching a higher leadership plane. For those struggling to process the shock loss of their odds-on favourite home team, the hush was the convenient excuse that explained the sudden anti-climactic end to the team’s never-seen-before majestic march. It was the crowd, not our beloved all-conquering cricketers—this was clearly a less-troubling and more-soothing explanation than the one that questions the team’s suspect big-match temperament.

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