The World Cup spices up family rivalry
SHYAM Nimavat had plans to hire out a room at the Rockhampton cinema to watch World Cup on the big screen.
But he'll have to settle to watch the match bewteen Australia and India in his friend's lounge room on a big projector.
Either way Shyam, the president of the Indian Association of Central Queensland, said he couldn't wait to watch today's game.
"Everyone knows that every Indian's favourite game is cricket," he said.
"Cricket is religious for us and I did have plans to hire out one of the cinemas but it couldn't be arranged so I'll be watching the game with family and friends on a big projector which will be just as good. I'm so excited to watch it because I know the Australian team is better but the Indian team is doing really well so I would say we're a 50/50 chance of a win.
"The atmosphere in India today will be electric because they have a big display in the streets with lots of cheering, firecrackers and a street party. It's part of our culture, we've won two world cups, 1983 and 2011, so my fingers are crossed this will be our third."
Although Shyam, 48, and his friends will be donning the green, orange and white today as they support their national team, there will be some waving of the Australian flag.
Former Gracemere cricket player Varun Sud, 34, said there would be some competition between the adults and the children.
"All of the adults who were born in India will be rooting for that team to win," he said.
"But some of the children who were born here in Australia might favour the Australian team, either way it's going to be an exciting game. It's a great sport, a great game and as long as it's a fair game I'll be happy for both sides to win."
The World Cup semi-finals between Australia and India starts at 1.30pm Rockhampton time at the Sydney Cricket Grounds.
WORLD CUP RECORDS:
Top run scorer: India's Sachin Tendulkar on 2278 runs.
Top wicket taker: Australia's Glenn McGrath with 71 wickets.
Highest individual score: New Zealand's Martin Guptill on 237.