To say that a Pakistan vs. India match is just a cricket game would be an understatement. Fans of both countries treat it as a cricketing war and whenever the two teams play each other there is not a single person who isn’t glued to the TV screen. The excitement was equally high when Pakistan was about to face India in their first game of the Champions Trophy 2017 however, it is safe to say that the match wasn’t the competitive, drama filled cricket game which we have to come to expect. However, with both teams in the final now fans of the game are anxiously awaiting and as we build up to the final, let us turn back the pages of history and look at some of the best moments from the previous encounters between India and Pakistan.
- Javed Miandad last ball six
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable moments in the history of India-Pakistan rivalry is Javed Miandad’s last ball six in the final of the Austral-Asia Cup in 1986 at Sharjah. The match catapulted an era in which Pakistan dominated the Indian team and for a long time, it seemed like the Indian team had no answer on how to overcome a stronger Pakistani side. It all started with India setting up a strong target of 246 for Pakistan to chase. In reply, Pakistan kept on losing wickets regularly but Javed Miandad was the glue that was holding the innings together. The Pakistani batting great managed to get his side to the point where Pakistan required four runs off the last ball. Despite the fact that Miandad was batting at 110 runs off just 113 balls, any batsman would tell you how difficult it is to score a boundary off the last ball. However, Miandad kept his cool and launched a full toss on leg stump over the square leg boundary to seal the match. To this day, this moment is cherished as one of the greatest memory of Pakistan cricket fans.
- Aamir Sohail vs. Venkatesh Prasad
Aamir Sohail has a knack for doing stupid things. Be it his comments a couple of days back about Sarfaraz Ahmed and Pakistan team or his antics in the 1996 world cup Quarter final against India. Chasing a total of 288, Pakistan got off to a flyer with both Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwer scoring quickly. Despite the loss of Saeed Anwer, Aamir Sohail kept on counter attacking the Indian bowlers and at 113 for 1 in just 15 overs; Pakistan was well and truly in the game. However, Aamir Sohail decided to sledge Prasad as soon as he hit a boundary. While Sohail tried to impose his authority on the bowler, the sledging had an opposite effect. A charged up Venkatesh Prasad ran in on the next ball and knocked the stumps of Aamir Sohail to claim his vengeance. The wicket triggered a batting collapse and Pakistan ultimately lost the match. The moment perfectly summarizes how emotion runs high in a Pakistan vs. India match.
- Sachin and Sehwag Assault in Centurion
Pakistan had to beat India in order to qualify for the second round in the 2003 ICC world cup. Despite the fact that the team hadn’t had the best campaign, the Squad included some of the all-time greats like Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzamam Ul Haq. Hence, the Pakistani fans expected the team to put on a strong performance. After winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan clearly had an upper hand in the first half of the match courtesy a brilliant century from Saeed Anwar, and with the balling lineup including some big names in the form of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib Akhtar, chasing the target wasn’t going to be easy. Most fans expected India to start off slow and save wickets but the Indian openers had other ideas; Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were in amazing form. The two batsmen managed to put on a strong opening partnership scoring 52 runs in five overs. Despite the fact that Waqar Younis managed to pick up two quick wickets, the momentum of the game had already shifted in India’s favor and eventually, the men in blue thrashed Pakistan.
- Shahid Afridi you beauty
Like Javed Miandad’s last ball six, Shahid Afridi’s six to seal the match against India in the 2014 Asia Cup will forever be remembered by the fans. The moment perfectly sums up how on his day, Afridi can take the game away from the opposition. It wasn’t easy though, chasing a target of 246, Pakistan was reeling after losing the in the 44 over with just 203 runs on the board. While Afridi was at the crease, his unpredictable nature meant that the Pakistani fans were extremely nervous. Despite losing wickets, Pakistan got in the position where it needed 10 runs of the last over with just two wickets in hand. After losing Saeed Ajmal on the first ball the momentum was in favor of India however, on Afridi got on strike on the second ball of the over. Before long he smashed one over cover beating the fielder by a narrow margin. Needing three runs of three balls, Afridi Smashed another one, however, some poor camera work meant that all the fans were confused until they heard Ramiz Raja’s emotional voice “Afridi You beauty”.
- The infamous scoop
Like the champions trophy 2017, the final of the 2007 T20 world cup was gearing up to be an epic match between the two sides. On paper, both sides were matched evenly, however, chasing a target of 158, Pakistan was in trouble after losing 6 wickets with just 104 runs on the board. The only thing standing between India and the trophy was Misbah-Ul-Haq. Even though the odds were against him Misbah managed to push the match till the last over with Pakistan requiring 12 runs and India requiring one wicket to win the game. After hitting the six of the first ball, it seemed like Misbah was adamant to bring Pakistan home. With 5 runs required from three balls, Misbah decided to play a strange flick over fine leg but due to the lack of pace on the ball, he could only manage to scoop the ball in the year. The ball was caught by Sreesanth and just one mistake of Misbah meant that India won the world cup.
Which of these moments are your favorite, leave your opinion in the comments below and as always keep following GenY as we draw closer towards the final of perhaps the biggest game in India-Pakistan rivalry.