ICC World Cup: Aussie media go whole hog after India-Pak clash

Feb 17, 2015, 08:25 IST | Ashwin Ferro

With full page pictures of India's star batsman Virat Kohli adorning the pages of most Australian newspapers, the post-match coverage in the local press was sizzling

Adelaide: If you thought that only the Indian media went the whole hog as far as coverage of the Indo-Pak World Cup match was concerned, think again.

The Herald Sun
The Herald Sun 

Most Australian newspapers here dedicated full pages highlighting Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co's decimation of their arch-rivals at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

'Lift Off' read the back page headline in Melbourne's Herald Sun, referring to the Men in Blue having skittled out Pakistan to commence their World Cup defence in style.

'Kohli-wood' screamed The Age, claiming that the Indian star had proved that he had carried his form into the World Cup with a century. Kohli's pictures adorned full pages in all dailies.

The Sunday Mail before the match
The Sunday Mail before the match  

"The city of churches (Adelaide) became the city of chachas and accha" wrote the The Age in reference to the Asian, or rather, Hindi invasion of the otherwise sleepy South Australian town.

The report said that the organisers had claimed in advance a global television audience of more than one billion, and threw in some alarming statistics too, even as they got one fact wrong.

"When these teams last met, in a World Cup semi-final in Delhi in 2011, the Indian TV audience was an audited 67 million. The biggest annual sports event is soccer's Champions League final, last year drawing 165 million, and the Super Bowl, this year attracting 115 million. Even the four-yearly FIFA World Cup final does not verifiably have one billion watchers."

'World in a cup'
The Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final four years ago was in Mohali, not in Delhi. The report, however, made an apt reference to the crowd at the match calling it the 'world in a Cup.'


The Australian claimed: "The Adelaide Oval had never seen anything like yesterday's India-Pakistan carnival. And probably never will." "India hammers Pakistan in grudge match," read The Adelaide Advertiser.

If the match preview was hot, with the Sunday Mail interestingly using its front and back page with Hindi (Swagatam) and Urdu headlines (Kushamadeed) respectively, the post-match coverage was nothing short of sizzling.

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