As just few days left for the crucial & high-voltage encounter between two cricketing giants India & Pakistan, lets take a look at some lesser known facts between India & Pakistan .
There’s no doubt that the India-Pakistan clash will light up the mega event in England and Wales with supporters of both teams set to paint Birmingham ‘Blue’ and ‘Green’.
India’s record in recent times have been quite impressive. Out of the contested seven matches since the 2012 bilateral series, which Pakistan won, the Men in Blue have come out on top in six occasions.
Some less known facts about India-Pakistan :
- India & Pakistan has never faced each other in Asia Cup Final
Despite being the Giants of Cricket in Asia, it is quite interesting that both nations has not face each other in the finals of Asia Cup.
India have been in finals for 8 time out of 12 editions and have won 5 times and Interestingly, all these finals have been against Sri Lanka. While Pakistan has reached the Asia Cup finals 4 times and have won in 2002 and 2012 where they have beat Bangladesh and Srilanka .
In 1991, in perhaps one of the most bizarre incidents in cricket to this day occurred in Mumbai. In a bid to prevent the commencement of the match, the Marathi nationalist Indian political party Shiv Sena dug up the Wankhede wicket.
This incident saw the Pakistan tour eventually getting cancelled.
A statement released by the Shiv Sena stated that they would prevent cricket in Mumbai until the Kashmir conflict was resolved.
- Izmam-ul-haq’s infamous “Bat Behavior”
India and Pakistan met in Canada in 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” stole the limelight.
After being dismissed by Venkatesh Prasad, Inzamam appeared to have hit a spectator with his bat on the way to the dressing room. The spectator, who was later identified as an Indian supporter had allegedly called him a ‘potato’. This has gone down as one of the most disgusting moments in cricket history.
- Bad Indo-Pak Relations, Cancelled the Asia Cup in 1993
The Asia Cup was scheduled to be held in Pakistan but due to political & bad public relations, the Asia Cup was cancelled.
- Three players played in India and Pakistan both team
To your surprise, there were three players who were played in India and Pakistan cricket team at international level. This unusual thing happened due to partition in 1947. Amir Elahi, Gul Mohammad, and Abdul Hafeez Kardar played for India before Independence. After Pakistan became a separate nation, they played from the team of Pakistan.
- There’s an uncanny similarity between the Indo-Pak match at the Australasia Cup of 1986 and Asia Cup 2014