A:     So, did you watch the match?

S:     No, just caught half of the second innings. I just couldn't wake up at 6 am on a Sunday. Considering how the match went, I’m sure you wished you hadn’t woken up that early either.

A:     I’m disappointed, yes, but I wouldn’t have missed the match for anything, although, I can’t get that Star Sports ad out of my head. The tune is so catchy, and it has become a masochistic exercise for me now. I keep humming it.

S:     Which one? The one that reminds us we haven’t won from them in the last five years? That one was brilliant; it got so many people riled up.

A:     Now we won’t hear the end of it, the record is 6-0 now

S:     Don’t worry. The law of statistics and probability dictate that one day that record is going to change, we can’t go winless forever. Eventually it will even out.

A:     The probability of that happening assumes that there is a 50-50 chance of both sides winning the match. And that might have been true in the past, but now the record hangs over our head like a sword, always tilting the odds in their favour. We have always been susceptible to pressure; one doesn’t get the tag of ‘mercurial’ for being mentally strong and stable. A match against India, in the World Cup, with the 6-0 playing on our minds and such ads drilling it in? We’ll crumble.

S:     Dial down on the depression. There is a whole World Cup left to play for, we’ve started badly in the past and gone on to win it. And as far as the record is concerned, it hangs just as heavily over their head as it does on ours. A match against Pakistan, in the World Cup, with an immaculate record to defend... they will feel it too.

A:     I hope you're right, but from what I can see it does the opposite. It gives them the belief that they are destined to win, and us the fear that we are jinxed to lose.