In the pink
What a day we had at the third Momentum One-day International at the Wanderers on Sunday! It literally had everything from a packed house to exhilarating individual performances, and even some very pink jackets flying around! The entertainment in the middle was breathtaking at times and it certainly lived up to all the pre-match hype.
Speaking of pre-match, I was inspecting the pitch approximately 40 minutes before play and was greeted by Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. They were out at centre wicket just before the toss checking out the surface in their respective duties as captain and vice-captain.
Mohammad, whom I have got to know well over the years, broke away from discussions to come and take the 'mickey' out of me regarding the rather loud pink jacket I was wearing, coupled with matching shirt and tie. Following some well-targeted jibes delivered with a big smile on his face it was my turn. In jest I told him at least I was wearing pink and supporting a great cause and asked where his pink was. To me and my camera crew’s surprise, he then showed us his extremely pink jocks, laughed his head off and rejoined his skipper at a gallop.
That epitomised the day for me and I knew the party had begun. I am almost certain that everyone at some stage has somehow sadly been touched by the scourge of breast cancer and the manner in which everyone embraced the platform for awareness was heartwarming.
The South African players jumped at the opportunity to fly the flag and be involved and the Pakistan team officially approached Cricket South Africa and the sponsors Momentum to see what they could do to support the day.
The nearly 28 000 pink-adorned people who crammed into the stadium and joined the massive drive determined that it was a day to remember.
Congratulations to all involved in the initiative and well played to the players for having made it even more memorable by delivering superb entertainment.
That was certainly a day to be consigned to the memory banks and let’s hope it was a forerunner to an annual one-day pink drive day where once again everyone is galvanised behind an extremely worthy cause.