Bengaluru, March 16: For the first time in the cricket World Cup, 'Akhand Bharat' has made the quarter-finals. The four South Asian countries, namely, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have reached the last eight of the tournament from the two groups.
While India won all their group matches to qualify for the quarterfinals as the toppers from Pool B, Pakistan made the quarters from the group as the third-placed team. From Pool A, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh made the quarter-finals as the third and the fourth teams, respectively.
Quater-final line-ups at the 2015 ICC World Cup:
- South Africa vs Sri Lanka
- India vs Bangladesh
- Australia vs Pakistan
- New Zealand vs West Indies
The most number of South Asian teams who made the quarter-final of a cricket World Cup before the 2015 edition was three (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1996 and 2011).
The record set in 2015 has certainly given the common cricket lovers of the sub-continent a reason to celebrate.
However, for the right-wing activists of India, is this really a moment to celebrate? They often speak about the pride of Akhand Bharat. But can they accept a Pakistani feat as their own?