While the world celebrates 18 June as Father’s day, the greatest gift you can give your Dad on that day is uninterrupted peace because he would want to watch India vs Pakistan final.
India vs Pakistan is always a big game, but the stakes are automatically raised when they meet in the finals of an ICC Tournament. Remember 2007 T20 World Cup! Yes its been 10 years since they have met in the finals of an ICC Tournament.
Here are the 5 reasons that make this rivalry a blockbuster hit at International level:-
1. Cricket’s Keenest Rivalry
What makes India-Pakistan clash bigger than the Ashes is the amount of political tension that exists between the two nations. High passion and tension can be seen when these 2 sides meet. While many foreign fans would argue that it is not all that great and stuff, but the truth is that when India and Pakistan meet, it’s altogether a different game.
2. Craze amongst Players
When audience expectations are so high and the pressure is so intense, the players can get just as obsessive and crazy. Some of the most interesting episodes of world cricket have been scripted during Indo-Pak ties. This is what makes the Indo-Pak match unpredictable. You never know what might happen in the heat of the moment!
3. No other team really understands the cuss words
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
So when Indians swear on the field, the Pakistanis know exactly what is being said and vice versa. They speak the same language as us and also have the same abuses. Hence the reactions are seen immediately! And most of the times these are the moments that change the game when either party loses their focus.
4. Benefit to ICC
How often have we seen an India vs Pakistan match in the opening stages of an ICC Tournament? The answer is every single one of them!
ICC has understood that India-Pakistan clash is a cash minting match!
ICC earns in millions from every Indo-Pak fixture. Because of this ICC always keeps India and Pakistan in the same group and also the match is played on Sunday. Although the crowd’s attendance during this fixture won’t be affected even if the game is played on a weekday, it’s the advertiser’s who benefit if the game is played on a Sunday.
5. Different Strengths of Team
India ke pass Match Winning Batsmen hain aur Pakistan ke pass Match Winning Bowlers hain!
This is the dialogue that has eternally being linked to this rivalry. It literally means India have a strong batting line-up while Pakistan has strong bowling line up. This makes it the battle of different strength, which is always a treat to watch!
With the Champions Trophy on the line, will India retain their title or would the unpredictable Pakistan defy all the odds to win their first Champions Trophy?
Note; This post has been done in collaboration with Rahul Chandwani. Thanks buddy 🙂