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India vs Pakistan: Flashpoints and Flare-ups in the Intense Cricket Rivalry

Javed Miandad’s mocking of Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More that became the iconic image of the rivalry between the two sides.

Javed Miandad’s mocking of Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More that became the iconic image of the rivalry between the two sides.

India vs Pakistan cricket matches have witnessed several on-field controversies and try and list down some of the famous flashpoints and flare-ups among the teams on the cricket field.

Team India is all set to lock horns against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday in the mega T20 World Cup 2021 clash at Dubai. It is one of the fiercest and storied rivalries in cricket’s history and has had its share of action and drama over the years. The stakes are always high in the IND vs PAK contests as players from both teams try their best to prove their supremacy over each other which more often than not flares up the atmosphere in the middle. The India vs Pakistan cricket matches have witnessed several on-field controversies and try and list down some of the famous flashpoints and flare-ups among the teams on the cricket field.

Javed Miandad Mimicking Kiran More in 1992

It was the 1992 World Cup and legendary Pakistan batter Javed Miandad was in the middle of the quest to chase a 217-run target against India in Sydney. During the chase, Miandad got agitated by India wicketkeeper Kiran More’s excessive appealing. Things heat up after a moment and the two exchanged some words. The former Pakistan batter even complained about More to the umpire. On the very next delivery, he ran a double and even though he had made his ground, More took the bails off and appealed for a run-out. It didn’t stop there as More’s over-enthusiastic appeal for a leg-side catch of Miandad during the match brought out one of the most hilarious reactions from the Pakistan batter. A frustrated Miandad jumped up and down to mimic More, leaving everyone in splits.

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Gautam Gambhir Heated Argument With Shahid Afridi in 2007

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Gautam Gambhir-Kamran Akmal Spat in 2010

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Harbhajan Singh-Shoaib Akhtar Verbal Exchange in 2010

The same Asia Cup match witnessed the clash between two friends Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar during the business end of the game. It was a tight match and both teams had an equal chance of stealing the victory. When Akhtar came on to bowl the 47th over and Turbonator hit him for a massive six, it didn’t go down well with the Rawalpindi Express. On the last ball of 49th over Akhtar bowled a bouncer to the Indian off-spinner after which they both indulged in a war of words while the drama continued in the last over. With India needing 2 runs off 3 balls with Mohammad Amir bowling the match-deciding over, Harbhajan had the last laugh as he swung his bat in full flow to send the ball for a maximum and rivals Pakistan out of the tournament.

India vs Pakistan: Flashpoints and Flare-ups in the Intense Cricket Rivalry

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first published:October 24, 2021, 09:30 IST