An international cricket player, who has requested to remain anonymous, recalled of a time when their team was playing a test series against Pakistan in Pakistan. India won each game within the series. After returning to India, they were welcomed home with warm arms. They went straight through security, no bags were checked, and their luggage was swiftly carried through customs. As they walked through to the passenger arrivals, they were greeted by an entourage of people who were cheering and congratulating them on their victory. They were celebrities.
The next test series however, was quite a different story. They still won the series; however, this time they lost one of the three matches. After returning to India, they were greeted with quite a different scene. A thorough security check, made to carry their own bags and of course, there was no welcoming crowd upon arrival.
"It's important to win a game. But when it is against Pakistan, it is the icing on the cake."