India vs Pakistan has been one of the most fascinating rivalries in sports, if these two faces each other, everyone knows how grand the occasion is, irrespective of type of sport, format and timing. Moreover, if it’s a game of Cricket then there is no other rivalry bigger than India-Pakistan clash.
Over the years, while India has been the power house of batting, Pakistan has produced the world class bowlers to add new dimensions in bowling. These teams have also dominated each other in different eras. While Pakistan dominated the rivalry in 1980-90’s, Indian team have ruled the rivalry since 2000’s.
In overall encounters, Pakistan leads the charts by a win-loss ratio of (89-70). But as far as ICC tournaments especially World Cups are concerned, India have unparalleled record of (7-0) against their arch-rivals.
Recently, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi made a controversial remark by stating that India would ask for forgiveness after games against Pakistan due to the one-sided nature of the rivalry. In no time, he was taken to the task by former Indian Test-opener Aakash Chopra over the ‘forgiveness’ remark.
Speaking over his YouTube channel Aakash Vaani, Chopra said, “Pakistan team used to be good at one point. It is still an okay team today. But there was a time when India used to play against Pakistan at Sharjah and the balance was tilted towards the neighbouring nation. But it was not the ‘Afridi time’ that he is talking about.
“Pakistan’s strength was sheer talent – from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram to Waqar Younis. Because of it, they did really well. They used to beat India, there is no doubt about that. But later, when Afridi started playing and till the time he retired, things had changed.
Aakash Chopra also backed his arguments with stats as he put forward the records in every facet of the game. “If you look at the stats, we played 15 Tests, each of us have won 5 Tests each. In ODIs, you have won two more games than us. The stat is 41-39 in your favour in 82 games, so well done. But I doubt that anyone is going to ask for forgiveness for just losing two more games.
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“During Afridi’s time, the scenario was balanced, in fact it was starting to tilt in favour of India. And if we talk about the current scenario, there is quite a difference.”
After comparing over-all record, Chopra also reminded Afridi of the poor track record Pakistan has against India in ICC tournaments and T20’s. Chopra also asked Afridi to reflect on Pakistan’s track record on foreign soils, where India have done well in recent times.
“But when you talk about T20I, the format in which you were really good, India lead the head-to-head contest by 7-1. Isn’t the story told backwards? Maybe, he (Afridi) wanted to say something else, and he said something else. I am really surprised,” Chopra added.
“If you look at World Cup records, you will find India have gone quite ahead. You always remember the 2017 Champions Trophy final, but even in that tournament India had beaten Pakistan once in the tournament. India’s dominance is of a different kind. When India travel to Australia, they beat Australia. When Pakistan travel to Australia, they lose by quite a fair margin. There is a lot of difference between the two teams at this time.”
It’s not the first-time former Pakistan players have talked ill about India and Indian Cricket. The likes of Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and many others have spitted venom against Indian Cricket and India for the umpteenth time. But every time, they have tried to do so, they have been taken to the task by Indian and World Cricket fans for their non-sensible comments.