Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has rued the truth that Pakistan and India are now not in a position to play cricket they as soon as used to however is hopeful of the 2 groups having the ability to rekindle their rivalry on the sector quickly. The mom of all cricketing battles – India and Pakistan – has solely been restricted to ICC occasions with political tensions on both aspect of the border placing a halt to bilateral ties between the 2 groups.
However, as Sarfaraz factors out, issues had been by no means this edgy between the 2 groups. If the thoughts can hark again to the ultimate of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, after Pakistan had comprehensively crushed India in the ultimate, gamers of each groups had been seen having fun with themselves, sharing jokes and laughing collectively. However, preserving the present state of affairs in thoughts, that noticed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi making controversial remarks concerning India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have minimize their ties with the previous allrounder.’
Things might not look too promising for the time being however there was a time which Sarfaraz recalled gamers of each groups had been extra than simply on cordial phrases, and for that we received’t even need to look too far again. The wicketkeeper batsman calls lack of cricket between the 2 nations unlucky however is hopeful of seeing extra of India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry someplace down the road.
“Of course, there is this thing that people from India and Pakistan are quite passionate about Cricket and have loads of love for the game. I have personally seen that there is a good friendship between Pakistani and Indian players,” Sarfaraz advised CricTracker.
“When I had gone to India in 2007. Besides, when India came to Pakistan in 2008, I have even seen scenes when I have also seen players from both countries sit together and eat. But now, unfortunately, it is a scenario where-in we are not able to play matches, but I hope the situation improves and India and Pakistan are able to play cricket the way they used to.”
Thursday, June 18, 2020 marked the third anniversary of Pakistan thrashing India in the ultimate of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Sarfaraz, who was Pakistan’s captain in the match, defined the type of scenario each groups went into the ultimate. India had crushed Pakistan comprehensively earlier in the match, however the way in which Sarfaraz’ workforce recovered and beat Sri Lanka and England en path to the ultimate was particular.
“You very well know how India and Pakistan matches are. No matter what kind of match it is, whether it is a bilateral series or any tournament people from both sides get all excited. At the Asia Cup, I had met Shikhar Dhawan in a program in Dubai and we both felt the same way. For us, we want to win against India, for them, they want to win against Pakistan. The public’s expectation is there to win against India. So that feeling was quite an outstanding one,” Sarfaraz added.
“After an extremely long time, in a big event, Pakistan won against India which was a strong team after a very long time in a major tournament. So, everyone in Pakistan was very happy. For me, and even for my family members, 18th June was a date to remember for life. Absolutely, no one can forget.”