It is a matter of pride for any cricketer to don his national colors and represent his country. This is all you want to play for. You did all the hard work coming from club cricket, U-15, U-17, U-19 to domestic cricket just for this. It is something to be worn with immense pride.
Sachin Tendulkar in his heydays used to receive the loudest cheer when he came out to bat In the modern times, every time cricketers like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers come out to bat and crowd is chanting their name, they must be feeling really fortunate to be able to do what they are doing.
When the occasion gets as big as a World Cup final, the excitement and patriotism go to a whole new level. The crowd gets into the act and it is no more a match between 22 players but the entire population of 2 countries. A notable instance when the patriotism crossed the limits and came oozing out was on the famous night of 2 April 2011.
Chasing 275, when India lost early wickets, Gambhir and Dhoni did all the repair work as Indian crawled into the pilot seat. Soon after Gambhir fell, Yuvraj Singh joined MS Dhoni in the middle and picked up from where Gambhir left off.
It was a goosebump moment when 45000 people at Wankhede were singing Vande Mataram when India was on the verge of victory. Patriotism was seen at it’s best that night with 45000 people erupting in joy and cheering for team India. The glory moment was not far away and finally came when MSD hit that six over long-on to seal the deal!!
– by Atharva Apte