It was with this same enthusiasm that Arthur launched into a verbal attack on a Pakistani journalist who had the temerity to ask why Haris Sohail was exhausted after his match-winning innings.
“I thought you were saying something positive about Haris,” Arthur grizzled. “He got 80 from 59 balls today. Is that right, or did I miss something? Why are you always talking negatively about our players?
“His innings today was one of the all-time brilliant innings’ that I’ve seen. Let’s just write something positive for a change, please.”
Arthur was not done yet. He gave the headline-seekers something real to sink their teeth into when he said: “Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” referring to his emotional state after Pakistan’s loss to India.
Considering Pakistan’s history with coaches dying in controversial circumstances after World Cup defeats – re: Bob Woolmer 2007 – it was a ballsy thing to say.
I just had to come back for more. So, two days later, I made my way back to Lord’s – again in my Sunday best.
This time, though, it was hosts England v Australia. The local media billed it as the “Mini-Ashes” in the build-up to the events still to come this year, but in fact, it was much more than that.
After being touted as tournament favourites, the knives were now firmly out for Eoin Morgan’s team after the loss to the Aussies.
The tide has turned, and Morgan even had to explain that he was not scared of Mitchell Starc.
The Proteas’ troubles have been well-documented, but watching England unravel at a rapid rate here has given me a sick sense of pleasure.
I’m back in London this week for something altogether different.
It’s still about games played with small balls, but hopefully watching “America’s pastime” when the New York Yankees face the Red Sox on foreign soil for the first time will be far more exciting than watching the Proteas’ World Cup campaign come to a drab end in Manchester.