Cricket, one of the best sports any can play, where eleven fielders and two batsmen stand on a field
trying to show how they are better than the other. This was definitely not the case at one of the
best cricket matches I have ever been to. The Asian XI VS The Rest of the World XI match which
was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 2005. This match was played for the
reasons of Charity for the Boxing Day Tsunami disaster in 2004. The match was very different to a
normal cricket match where racial slurs would be thrown around and people would only be
supporting their own team and putting down the other. There were many factors that made this
match very special and very memorable. Well excluding the first factor that made this match special
that millions of dollars were being raised to go to the countries that were hit by the terrible Tsunami
disaster, there were so many others. One of the things that made this match very special, which
would be near the top of my list was that you got to see all your favorite superstars in the one go.
You had some of cricket’s greats including shoib akhtar, Brian Lara, Steve Waugh, Daniel Vettori
and last but not least muttiah muralitharan. To see all these players, playing together in the same
teams was just excellent. Talking about teams I don’t think there were any. Even though the
players were in two different teams playing against each other the crowds didn’t seem to think so.
For the first time at a cricket match that I have seen people from all countries supporting not just
their own country but all the others no matter which side they were on. Everyone was joining into
the chants no matter which country they were from or were supporting.
I being Indian was sitting in a huge group of Indians and what really got my attention was that the
Indians were joining the Go Aussie Go chants and the Australians were joining into the Indian
chants though I doubt they new what they meant but yet still chanting along. Each and every
person in the crowd stood up for each and every batsman. No matter which country the player was
from, everyone stood up and gave them a standing ovation. This was probably because everyone
knew that the players were playing without match fees so that most money could be donated. No
one was putting any of the batsmen down and there was just generally an excellent atmosphere.
And when batsmen would make runs, or hit the big shots like the fours and the sixes everyone
would be on their feet to applaud them. That was probably because for every run that was scored
by the batsman, the mobile company Three donated one thousand dollars to world vision to go to
the Tsunami Disaster. This was another factor that made the match very exciting and memorable.
Usually if your team was bowling you would want to see a wicket every ball, but no matter who was
bowling and who was batting everyone and I mean everyone wanted to see a six or a four so that
more money could be donated to World Vision. To see Sanath Jayasuriya open the batting with
Shahid Afridi and to see Brian Lara batting with Ricky Ponting was just amazing and just those two
partnerships were enough to make this whole match the most memorable of my life but no, there
was more. To see muttiah muralitharan and Shane Warne bowling for the same cause was
excellent. All this put together just shows how people come together for those in need. Over all it
was an excellent match because of many reasons, the atmosphere, the superstars, the runs and the
corresponding money that was being donated because of them and mostly the friendliness between
all the players who played in the match to make it an excellent one. In the end it was declared that
roughly fifteen million dollars was being donated to World Vision to help those in need in the
Tsunami struck areas and that was probably the most memorable moment of them all.