There has never been a better cricket team in the world, in terms of keeping its supporters glued to the TV screens and hanging on the edge of their seats for the entirety of a cricket game than Pakistan’s national team.
For a nation that eats, breathes and sleeps cricket, it is the cricket fans that make this sport so special for us.
Whether you are watching a game on the cricket ground, or in a group with friends, or at a special screening, you are bound to be surrounded by different types of fans.
Here, we look at the types of cricket fans you generally find in Pakistan.
1) The Critical Fan
No ball bowled is a good one, no shot played is decent enough, every misfield is a major sin – this cricket fan is never happy with what he sees from his team.
2) The Overly-Optimistic, Loyal Fan
Twenty runs required off the last ball? This fan would think that the bowler would still bowl three no-balls and the batsman would hit three sixes.
If this doesn’t happen and the team loses, he bets that the team would win its next match! Not only does this person never miss a match, he always believes that his team would win, no matter what the situation.
3) The Bored Fan
Not technically a fan, but… This person has no interest in the sport and only watches the games because everyone else is doing the same.
He just sits there like…
4) The Overly-Celebrative Fan
The team hit a six? They celebrate like crazy. A clean bowled by the team’s bowlers? They celebrate like crazy? Shahid Afridi comes into bat? They celebrate like crazy.
5) The Know-It-All Fan
Pakistani batsman with the most runs? Pakistani bowler with the most wickets? Oldest Pakistani player to score a century? Players with the best and worst strike-rates? This fan has all the statistics for you.
6) The Overly-Attached, Emotional Fan
He wildly celebrates when his team wins. He gets extremely annoyed when a player gets out. Gets more annoyed when the fielder drops a sitter. And even cries when his team loses.
7) The Difficult-To-Impress, Pessimistic Fan
Every catch taken is a fluke, every six hit is an accident, every direct-hit is lucky. This fan is not only difficult to impress but never believes that his team can pull off a victory.
8) The Lala Fans
For every situation, this fan believes Boom Boom Shahid Afridi is the man for the job. Need a wicket? Shahid Afridi. Need 80 runs off the last 7 overs? Shahid Afridi is your man. Lala, it seems, is the answer to all their worries.
9) The Anyone-But-Lala Fans
For some fans, the problem with the Pakistani team is the presence of Afridi. Regardless of the fact that he has dragged the team out of trouble umpteen times, he is more often than not responsible for throwing the team into trouble.
We all know their response when asked whether Afridi should be sent in to save the team again.
10) The Psychic Fan
From predicting the toss, to predicting what will happen on the very next ball, these fans appear to possess super-normal powers of knowledge of the unknown. There are times when they are wrong but when they are right they sit there like…
Which one of these are you familiar with? What type of cricket fan are you? Tell us in the comments below!