The cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan is undoubtedly one of the biggest in the sporting world. It becomes the battle of nerves as well as pride whenever these two South Asian arch-rivals lock horns with each other on the cricket field. Rivalry aside though, there seems to be a great bit of camaraderie between the top cricketers of both the nation.
Recently, legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar recalled his vivid memories from the tour of Pakistan and how his waistline increased after playing two series across the border.
"Till 7 years, my waistline was the same and then we went to Pakistan and the aroma coming from the food, you just could not control and my waistline increased. Similar thing happened four years later but since then i have maintained, because I haven't been to Pakistan," Gavaskar told India Today.
Pakistan pace great Wasim Akram was also in the show with Gavaskar and the former shared some lovely stories from his India trip during the playing days.
"On the field we fought till the last ball. Off the field, we were fine. I remember having meals with Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin). On the 1987 tour of India, Javed Miandad and Dilip Vengsarkar hated their guts on the field but they were so friendly off the field,” Akram said.
"The idea was to compete hard on the field and be friendly off it after the day got over. I remember we even celebrated Holi and that was one of the highlights of my career," he added.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan are slotted in Group A in the ongoing Asia Cup alongside Hong Kong. The high-octane encounter between the two great nations will take place in Dubai on September 19.
After the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other in next year’s Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.