India and Pakistan matches have produced some special moments in the folklore of the game. These moments are definitely inscribed in the special corners of everyone’s heart.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan matches involve a lot of emotions. The match carries different expectations all together and the players also don’t like to leave any page unturned.
Let’s take you on the journey of some special moments between India and Pakistan moments.
Virat Kohli gifted his bat to Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir before the World T20 clash in 2016. It was a fine gesture from the Indian talisman to Amir, who had made return to the game after completing his ban.
India and Pakistan players shared a light moment after the completion of the final of the Champions Trophy 2017. Players of both teams were seen having a fun chat after the contest. ICC also put this moment as the Spirit of the Year 2017.
Shoaib Akhtar had felled down in his follow through and injured his ankle. However, Virender Sehwag helped his counterpart in getting back to his feet.
Sachin Tendulkar has had a fine record while playing in World Cup matches. The Master Blaster shared a laugh with Shahid Afridi in the semifinal of 2011 World Cup.
We generally notice the captains at the toss shaking hands. However, all the India and Pakistan players started a new trend to shake hands before the match.
The young boys also set up a fine example of sportsmanship. India Under-19 and Pakistan Under-19 players were seen tying up each other shoelaces in the 2019 World Cup in New Zealand.
Chennai crowd gave a standing ovation to Pakistan when they won the Chennai Test in 1999 by the skin of their teeth. India was in the commanding position, however, the visitors had the last laugh.
Javed Miandad was irritated by over appealing of Kiran More and decided to mock him by jumping off the ground.
Let take a look at some off the field moments.
Wasim Akram gifted an envelope to Sachin Tendulkar before the Chennai Test in 1999. Sachin was honoured with Padma Shri at that time.
Indian players made time to pose with Azhar’s Ali son before the ICC Champions Trophy final.
MS Dhoni met his huge fan from Pakistan, famously known as Chacha. Dhoni also gifted a signed bat to him. Chacha said, “There is no be better person in the world than MS Dhoni”.
Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni also posed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s son ahead of Champions Trophy final.
Let’s get back to on-field sportsmanship.
During the 2007 Test series, Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar drank water from the same water bottle during the drinks break. Sachin shared a great rivalry with Shoaib Akhtar.
Sourav Ganguly borrowed a bat from Shahid Afridi in 1997. Ganguly didn’t carry a lot of bats with him and his bat broke down. As Ganguly used a half inch long blade, which not many Indian players did, Ganguly asked for a bat from Shahid Afridi.
Not only men players but also India-Pakistan women cricketers have shown great sportsmanship. Aman Amin tied shoelaces of Harmanpreet Kaur.
Yuvraj Singh checked on Wahab Riaz who was injured during the group stage clash of Champions Trophy.
Anil Kumble took ten wickets against Pakistan in Delhi. Kumble became the second bowler after Jim Laker to achieve the feat.
India were firm favourites in the Champions Trophy final. However, Pakistan went on to surprise their arch-rivals in the 2017 Champions Trophy.
India went on to win the inaugural edition of the World T20I in 2007. Men in Blue led by rookie captain MS Dhoni got over the line by just five runs in the nail-biting contest.
There are few batsmen who dare to hit a six to reach their 300 and Virender is one of those endangered species. Sehwag got to his triple ton with a six off Saqlain Mushtaq in 2004.
India and Pakistan were involved in one and only bowl out in 2007 World T20 Group match. The Dhoni-led side was able to hit the bullseye in their first three attempts whereas Pakistan missed all their chances to hit the stumps.