Life on the subcontinent halts whenever India and Pakistan face each other in the game of Cricket. Yes, we are talking about one of the world’s greatest cricket rivalries. There are plenty of much-anticipated contests in the 2022 Cricket World Cup but nothing to compare with Ind vs Pak. The rivalry is regularly punctuated by war and diplomatic tensions between both the nations.
When Ind vs Pak match is on, it doesn’t remain just a ‘game’. Emotions run high in the air. This is visible in every celebration, every sledge, and every eye-to-eye contact that a bowler makes with a batsman. Before the most intensified competition begins in ICC T20 EC 2022, we are here to take you on a tour of some of the most unheard facts of this epic rivalry between India and Pakistan.
List of amazing and insane incidents between Ind vs Pak matches
|1||Inzamam’s ‘bat behavior’||Canada in the year 1997|
|2||Three players that have played for both teams||Gul Mohammad, Amir Elahi, and Abdul Hafeez Kardar|
|3||Foundation of the rivalry||India played their first ODI against Pakistan on October 1 in 1978|
|4||Viewership record||6.73 crore viewers, 2011 WC Ind Vs Pak match|
|5||A deliberate run-out||Wasim Akram once revealed that his teammate Waqar Younis wanted to get run-out. Reason? To prevent Anil Kumble from picking up his historic 10th wicket in an innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 1999|
|6||Bird’s foul||Abdul Qadir bowled 11th over due to miss calculation by Umpires|
Inzamam’s ‘bat behavior’
India and Pakistan met in Canada in the year 1997 to commemorate 50 years of independence. They played five matches at the Toronto Cricket, Skating, and Curling club. Apart from the Indians winning quite comfortably by 8 wickets, Inzamam-ul-Haq’s infamous ‘Bat Behavior’ made the headlines.
Inzamam was dismissed by Venkatesh Prasad. While returning to the dressing room seemed to have hit a spectator with his bat. The spectator was later identified as an Indian supporter. The supporter called him a ‘potato’.
Three players that have played for both teams
We are sure you must have been surprised after reading this. But this is true. There were three players who represented India as well Pakistan cricket team at the international level. This uncommon ‘phenomenon’ happened due to the partition in 1947. Gul Mohammad, Amir Elahi, and Abdul Hafeez Kardar played for India before Independence. After independence, Pakistan became a separate nation, they played from the team of Pakistan.
Foundation of the rivalry between Ind vs Pak
India played their first ODI against Pakistan on October 1 in 1978. The match was 40 over-per-side. It was held at the Ayub National Stadium, Quetta, Pakistan. India won the match by four runs.
Courtesy: Mohinder Amarnath’s heroics. He scored a fifty and then claimed two scalps. This went on to lay the foundation of the mother of all battles.
Ind vs Pak: Viewership record
The encounter between India and Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup attained a record viewership. Women in India, are generally perceived to be not too keen to watch cricket matches. But on March 30, 2011, the scenes were different. The madness associated with the India-Pak match was in true form. With 6.73 crore viewers watching the match on TV, it was the grandest of all events. India won the match against Pakistan and also won the World Cup.
A deliberate run-out in Ind vs Pak match
Pakistan’s Sultan of swing Wasim Akram once revealed that his teammate Waqar Younis wanted to get run-out. Reason? To prevent Anil Kumble from picking up his historic 10th wicket in an innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in 1999. Pakistan lost nine wickets. The team was left with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis at the crease. Akram recalled how Waqar discussed getting run-out. Akram said, “You can’t deny him the feat if he is destined for it. But I can assure you that I’m not going to give my wicket to Kumble. But, subsequently, it was me who gifted my wicket to Kumble.”-- Advertisement --
The Asia Cup played in 1984 had a round-robin format. Ind vs Pak clash caught the attention of all. The match was going at a normal level. Abdul Qadir, the finest leg-spinner, bowled out with figures of 10-3-36-0.
Some people think it was due to miscommunication with scorers. The reason was unidentified. Umpires Herbi Felsinger and Dickie Bird managed to miscalculate the number of overs bowled by Qadir. Qadir started his 11th over, and even sent down two balls, off which Sandeep Patil scored a run. The scorers anxiously signaled at Bird and Felsinger, informing them of the situation. After a long discussion, Bird and Felsinger decided to cancel the two balls.