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Cricket World Cup 2023: India Eyes Eighth Consecutive Victory Against Pakistan

The Saturday matchup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which has a capacity of over 130,000, is being described as a battle of epic proportions.

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Cricket World Cup: In a recent conversation with television presenter and renowned stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, Wasim Akram, a cricketing legend from Pakistan, recounted a comical incident that transpired after his nation’s distressing quarterfinal defeat to archrivals India in Bengaluru during the 1996 World Cup.\

“After that game, I received a call from a top PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) official who told me: ‘Aap Lahore waapas mat aayie. Kahi aur chale jaayein’ (Please don’t return to Lahore; go somewhere else). In response, I told him, ‘Mein Pakistan captain hoon. Lahore nahin aaonga to kaha jaaonga’ (I am the Pakistan captain. If I don’t return to Lahore, where else will I go?)” Akram reflected.

The Sultan of Swing, who was injured and missed that high-octane match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium twenty-seven years ago, acted wisely by heeding the PCB official’s recommendation. He fled incognito to London in order to evade the displeasure of his supporters.

The incident encapsulates the pressures of competing in an India-Pakistan World Cup match.

Cricket World Cup: India Eyes Eighth Consecutive Victory Against Pakistan

“It has always been the case of ‘whether or not you win the World Cup, don’t lose to Pakistan,”  is what former India opener Shikhar Dhawan is overheard saying in a video footage uploaded by Star Sports on X (formerly Twitter) regarding an India-Pakistan World Cup match.

Chetan Sharma, a former Indian pacer, concurred with Dhawan’s views.

“Pakistan se match nahin chahiye, kuch bhi ho jaaye” (India must avoid defeat at all costs to Pakistan). Sharma told Business Standard, “Pehle bhi aisa tha, aaj bhi aisa hi hain” (It was so in the past, it is so today).

The Saturday matchup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which has a capacity of over 130,000, is being described as a battle of epic proportions.

This is the pinnacle occasion that brings the Cricket World Cup to its fullest manifestation.

Anticipate the gathering of millions on both sides of the political divide on October 14 to invoke their deepest convictions.

If, during the selection, captains Rohit Sharma or Babar Azam disparage the India-Pakistan match as “just another game,” disregard their statement.

In the 50-over World Cup, Pakistan has never defeated India. The Indians’ enviable 7-0 record is a source of great pride for their supporters. However, can they finish 8-0?

Throughout the years, Indian cricket teams have consistently encountered proficient Pakistani cricketers.

During the 1970s, Zaheer Abbas, a bespectacled batsman renowned for his fiery strokeplay and insatiable desire to accumulate enormous scores, was in action.

His consistency was so remarkable that former India captain Sunil Gavaskar famously remarked during a game, “Zaheer, ab bas karo.”

Javed Miandad was the Pakistani cricketer whom every Indian despised during the 1980s and 1990s. Miandad, endowed with street-fighter courage and copious amounts of grit, seldom lost an opportunity to needle Indian cricketers.

Miandad exemplified the archetypal bad boy of cricket, having notoriously imitated the appealing style of Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More during a tense 1992 World Cup match in Sydney and hitting a six off the final delivery of an ODI in Sharjah.

A consequence of India’s abhorrence towards Miandad during the 1980s was the naming of antagonists from innumerable Bollywood films after him.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s tall left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, renowned for his formidable swing and beatific smile, is causing the Indian squad and supporters distress prior to the World Cup match in Ahmedabad.

However, the Indians’ disdain for Miandad has transformed into a sense of admiration for Afridi.

A significant factor is the fact that the two teams have been playing each other so infrequently recently.

Since the heinous 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, diplomatic relations between Pakistan and India have deteriorated significantly.

As a result, the cricketing world has been impacted by these political tensions, as both teams have refrained from visiting the other nation since 2012.

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An absence of Pakistani athletes from the Indian Premier League (IPL) is noteworthy.

These two exceptionally accomplished teams only collide during high-profile International Cricket Council (ICC) competitions, such as the World Cups.

Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed believed that more India-Pakistan cricket matches are necessary.

“It is the pinnacle of cricketing spectacles.” It will be viewed by billions of people worldwide, not just on either side of the border. The cricketers representing the two nations will amuse their spectators and make them laugh with their enthusiasm. That ought to be the case. “Poetry should be set aside,” Javed advised Business Standard.

Javed, a crucial member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning squad, remarked, “Playing in front of their home crowd, India start as favourites. The biggest difference between the two teams is Hardik Pandya. He is a great finisher, and a potent seam-bowling all-rounder.”

The game’s result will be contingent on the manner in which both teams respond to duress and the magnitude of the expectations placed upon them by their cruel supporters.

In his media address prior to the eagerly awaited match, Pakistan captain Azam responded to a query regarding his stress management with a tongue-in-cheek remark. He quipped,  “There is more pressure for match tickets than the match itself,”

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