In 1998 Sharjah witnessed a storm which to this day has given cricket fanatics goosebumps. Images of this historic shot, when Sachin Tendulkar smashed Australian bowlers to the ground, have millions of views on YouTube.
It was a game that turned into a nightmare for spin-wizard Shane Warne. It was later reported that the Aussie had had a few sleepless nights after the punishment, but Warne, to this day, denies this.
Speaking to IANS, a local resident said: “I’m not from India or Pakistan, but I love this cricket rivalry. I always watch their matches, every time they play.
Another said that Sharjah rose to fame after the fireworks display Sachin’s fireworks display and, “I think Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are going to relive the magic in Dubai tonight.
Sharjah brought international cricket to the desert in the 1980s, with several nerve-racking matches played between the two nations over the next two decades. With the UAE now hosting the ICC T20 World Cup alongside Oman, it could become the top cricket destination for years to come.
Former cricket greats have also expressed their joy at the emergence of the UAE as a new destination for hosting large-scale events.Although it successfully hosted the IPL 2020, the lucrative tournament was again moved to the Emirates in 2021 after the player’s biobead was hacked in India in May this year.
The Super12 phase of the T20 World Cup may have started on Saturday, but the much anticipated clash between India and Pakistan is what people around the world have been waiting for.
India and Pakistan will start their campaign at 7:30 p.m. (IST) and it will be interesting to see who takes the top honors as there are so many emotions.
The captains of the opposing teams keep repeating the same sentence that it is “like any other game”, but Babar Azam and Virat Kohli know full well that it is not another game. India dominated the game on the big stage, winning all five ICC T20 World Cups against their historic rivals.
The Kohli guys would like to keep the country’s 100 percent record against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup, but unpredictability is the key word and the neighbors are known to be very motivated when playing in India.
On paper, India is the favorite, given their clean record against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup. But with the T20 format bringing a lot of unpredictability, coupled with the fact that it doesn’t get bigger than that among cricket rivalries, the team that best handles the pressure will come out on top.
In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, India, with some of the best players in its ranks, disintegrated under the pressure. The pressure could be on the teams last week when Scotland knocked out Bangladesh in a T20 World Cup qualifier.
As always, tonight’s game is expected to be a clash between stick India and bowling Pakistan. India has hitters like KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, while Pakistan boasts of an attack with Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali.
Recently India has produced some of the best bowlers in the world and Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakraborty and Ravindra Jadeja would like to show off their bowling skills against Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
India became the T20 world champion in 2007, beating Pakistan by five points. In 2016, the Men in Blue reached the semi-finals but lost to the West Indies, who went on to win the title by beating England, Carlos Brathwaite’s last heroic bar finishing the T20 world opposition in 2009 by beating the Sri Lanka through eight counters.
They have played 34 T20I on the big stage so far, winning 19 games and losing 15. Kohli is desperate to win this title if only to silence his critics, who say it is about a “failure” in ICC tournaments.
As the top scorer in T20 cricket – he has played 89 games and scored 3,159 points at a rate of 139.04 – Kohli would like to give up his position as T20 captain.Kohli has so far captained India in 45 T20Is, with India winning 29 matches and losing 14. On the other hand, Pakistani captain Babar Azam has been captain of his team in 28 matches, winning 15 and losing eight.
Kohli’s individual performance against Pakistan also indicates that the Indian skipper also gets that extra motivation when playing against neighbors. Kohli has played three innings against Pakistan so far in the T20 World Cup, in which he has not been eliminated three times, scoring 78, 36 and 55 points.
Azam is known for his excellent performances in all formats, having scored 2,204 points in 61 T20I games with an average of 46.89. He has a total of 20 half centuries to his credit and also a T20I century. Azam is also in the