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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. The rivalry is regularly punctuated by war and diplomatic tensions between both 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. Matches between India and Pakistan often witness packed stadiums, passionate fans, and electrifying atmospheres. The rivalry ignites a sense of patriotism and unity among the citizens of both countries, making these matches highly anticipated and emotionally charged. Here we will look at some of the most unheard facts of this epic rivalry between India and Pakistan.
Amazing Incidents Between Ind vs Pak Matches
|Inzamam’s ‘bat behavior’
|Canada in the year 1997
|Three players that have played for both teams
|Gul Mohammad, Amir Elahi, and Abdul Hafeez Kardar
|Foundation of the rivalry
|India played their first ODI against Pakistan on October 1 in 1978
|6.73 crore viewers, 2011 WC Ind Vs Pak match
|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
|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.
While India maintained a steady score of 45 for 1, a drinks break was taken. It was during this interval that the incident unfolded. The details are somewhat unclear, mirroring the general confusion of the situation. It appears that Pakistan’s 12th man brought a bat to the third-man area. Almost immediately, Inzamam, who had been positioned in the slips, was directed by his captain to go down to the boundary.
As the provocation persisted, Inzamam reached a breaking point and leaped into the crowd. According to another observer quoted by The Guardian, Inzamam seized the bat and moved towards the individual with the megaphone.
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
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.”
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.