Cricket’s most watched rivalry returns tonight in a match that promises everything. Few contests in any sport demand the attention that India-Pakistan encounters do. It is a rivalry laced with the richest of sporting history between two cricket-mad nations that have produced some of the game’s most iconic players and moments.
Imran Khan and Kapil Dev. Waqar Younis, Wasim Akhtar and Shoaib Akhtar. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. Babar Azam and Virat Kohli.
The history they share of course added another brilliant chapter in the first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup when they clashed in the final, which India won. Just two years later Pakistan got their hands on the trophy to erase whatever scars existed from the 2007 defeat. Neither side has won it since but not for a want of trying.
From Joginder Sharma’s clutch final over in the 2007 decider to Kohli’s masterclass in the group stage in 2016, and Mohammad Amir’s scintillating spell in the Champions Trophy 2017 Final, matches between India and Pakistan have regularly produced cricket of the highest calibre. Expect that trend to continue on tonight when Kohli and Azam’s teams clash at Dubai.